“To Protect and Serve” . . . I remember when that used to be on the police cars. I had begun to think that was a thing of the past with the ways that the law enforcement choose to conduct themselves these days. It’s been more like “you’re guilty until proven innocent” with police, considering the attitudes, profiling and power tripping so many of them have whenever you are in any kind of contact with their agencies.
There wasn’t much hope left in finding the “human” in most of these peace officers as far as I’d seen it – that is, until I had the opportunity to meet one who has inspired me to write this letter in hopes that the others will take notes and make these necessary changes to their ways to better the relations between their agency and our community.
The officer that I’m speaking of would be Suisun City Police Sgt. James Marshall. Wow! What a breath of fresh air it has been to have him police this city. There are few and far between any like his kind. He is respected, admired, down-to-earth and real. That’s what works! It’s wonderful to have him as a cop. I can fully respect this kind of a cop.
Unfortunately it’s come to my attention that Sgt. Marshall’s going to be retiring some time this month from the force and that really saddens me as a member of this community. That’s why I’ve written this, because I fear for all of us if other officers don’t seriously take notes from this prime example of how a cop should conduct themselves. It would be awesome if, before Sgt. Marshall retires from the force, he could give a course of conduct class to others in law enforcement and make it mandatory for all who wear the badge to take and pass.
I’m telling you, the world would be a better place for it. Yes, maybe in a perfect world . . . Hopefully other officers will see the message I’m trying to make here before it’s too late.
So with that, I’d like to thank you, Sgt. Marshall for you’re wonderful ways and wish you a great retirement. You are one who stands miles above the others. We love and respect you 100 percent.
Darla S. Robinson