|PABLO LIMA, PBA Vice President
As the new school year begins, please ensure that you leave earlier and pack your patience with you for the drive! Let’s be observant of the school zones and remember it’s not the kids’ fault for having parents who think the laws don’t apply to them.
Having said that, I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July celebration. In between the adult beverages and the grilling, it is my hope that you took a few minutes to reflect on how lucky we are to live in this great country! Yes, we have problems, but the opportunities to succeed in whatever field you choose are endless. For most of you reading this, it’s the law enforcement profession, and in this country, even with the current rhetoric, law enforcement is still a respected profession which the silent majority appreciates. The profession has changed drastically since I started more than 36 years ago, but in life all things evolve. In my opinion, some of the changes have been positive, while others have hampered the effectiveness and proactivity of the officers which in turn hurts the crime stricken areas. The residents in these neighborhoods are the ones most in need of our protection! Due to economic challenges they are unable to relocate to safer areas, and often work two or three jobs, which affects the time spent needed to properly supervise the youth, many of whom gravitate to gang activity.
So, when the ultra liberals talk about rights, they often forget the rights of the victims, who often get victimized by virtue of their circumstances and by the system which often fails them. It often seems the criminals have more rights than the persons whom they prey on.
Property Values Continue to Increase…
The property values in Miami-Dade County increased again this year, as they have over the past few years. This means larger budgets for local government; although the shortage of police officers still exist throughout Miami-Dade County. Some cities, though few and far between, have the proper staffing levels for officers, while others are critically under staffed. The taxpayers deserve to be properly protected. While I am not a municipal manager, it appears to me that it’s not a funding issue but instead an allocation issue, and as I remind public officials - it’s not their money, it’s the residents’ money. For those of us who are fed up with mismanagement I remind you what President Rivera always says, “elections have consequences.” Please stay informed and in touch with your PBA. We work diligently to keep you abreast of local political issues and only endorse those who support law enforcement causes. So get involved, make your vote count, and vote the PBA way.
Last month I had the opportunity to attend annual training. I am always amazed at the caliber of trainers and their expertise in their respective fields. In my opinion, in this day and age throughout the country, officers are being held accountable to a level and standard that they haven’t been properly trained for, at no fault of their own. Sports teach us a great a lesson which we need to adopt in our profession. We need to have a tactical plan and rehearse it before we try to implement it out on the streets. For example - a football team will not run a play during a game that they haven’t practiced over and over again.
Colleagues - football is only a game, and as I always say, I haven’t heard of a quarterback dying on the football field. We need to train repetitiously in real life type scenarios to a level in which the training becomes second nature. Remember, practice does not make perfect, but perfect practice makes perfect.
For those bean counters out there who may say that training is very expensive, realize this: one mistake will cost your municipality millions of dollars. Though one cannot ever put a price on a human life. And to my fellow officers - let’s do a little more sweating, and maybe a bump or bruise in training, so we don’t have to bleed on the streets! Let’s always remain vigil and watch each others’ backs, and let’s be thankful that God loves cops.
NW 2nd Avenue, along the area of 151st to 155th Street, is soon to be named after former director Robert Parker (may he rest in peace). I had the distinct pleasure of working for him throughout his upward progression in the Miami-Dade police department. Director Parker was a man who never changed and stayed true to his values and virtues. He treated everyone with respect and dignity, and we at the PBA wholeheartedly support this prestigious recognition of a true local hero.
What Would You Like Us To Do Better (If Anything)?
While I pride myself to be part of an incredible team at the PBA (there are so many that contribute to the success and to protect your rights - and as I always say, there is no I in TEAM - and do we have the best one ever!) - I am interested to know what you think we can do better. Are we addressing your concerns? Are there informational sessions you think would be helpful to you? If yes, which ones? Would you like to learn more on how to maximize your pension/retirement plans? Please call me at (305) 593-0044 or drop me an e-mail.
In closing, please be informed on our issues and help us support those who support us. I welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at: (305) 593-0044. If I don’t have the answer, we have seven in-house attorneys as well as an outstanding support staff who do!
Again, I thank you for your time and more importantly, for the job you do. Please make sure to protect yourself and your partner at all times. Remember, your PBA is always working to protect your rights, and we thank you for the opportunity to do so.
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