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Police Minister to new recruits: ‘Use your compassion and empathy to win hearts and minds’

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Kareem Musa

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2021. 1:11 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa challenged the Recruit Squad 95 to think differently, warning that some will be police officers, and others will be the Police Department of the future.

Seven months ago, amid headlines and visions of law enforcement curated by television and social media, these recruits must have wondered “what am I doing here?” and similar questions. He told them to remember those questions each and every day as they serve.

Neither be doubtful of the worth of technology and change in a Department that looks nothing like the old British Honduras Constabulary of 141 – 79 less than today’s number of graduates.

The cops are increasingly forced to keep barely a step ahead of criminals using technology to spread terror. Even here, 75 percent of all crime in the last year has been solved by technology.

The second challenge is to not be afraid to make mistakes, for “Doubt and mistakes make leaders.” So when a friend complains you’ve changed, he said, draw on your compassion and empathy and win hearts and minds, not on guns and inherent powers. The strength of the Department is not its 2,500 officers; it is the 350 thousand law-abiding citizens they serve, he concluded.

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