As a retired Chief of Police (Fort Worth, TX), I wanted to congratulate Sgt. Tim Tremaine on his new book, "Officer Up!" This is a great book and a much needed philosophy for today's police officers. We are being challenged today as a profession but I truly believe the more positive leadership examples we can showcase, the more successful we will be in addressing the extreme challenges we face. Let's focus on the great men & women that are serving today and support them as they 'Officer Up'!
Thank you for the opportunity to review your book “Officer Up”. I concur that many of the issues facing police officers today are of our own making from the culture we have built and in most part continue to sustain. The warrior mentality adopted by many officers and agencies has concerned me for many years. That cultural mindset has taken us away from our sworn duties. Chief Tim Braaten, whom I consider a mentor, continually stressed all people have the right to be treated with dignity. Essentially you say the same thing in your book. Your LEGIT® program is an interesting concept. As you say, it may not be the answer but certainly is a start.
Tim - I received and read your book today. An effective conceptualization of the social, political, cultural, and technological environments impacting LEOs and police agencies. Great work!
The book is right on point. I’ve thought many of the same things myself, and I think Sergeant Tremaine has not only made his arguments, but properly validated them with good research. I think his LEGiT concept will be an excellent teaching tool, and is compatible with other law enforcement ethics and integrity courses. The recommendations on recruiting, training, and mentoring make sense. Some are gigantic, and would require significant buy-in from the highest levels to implement. As he points out, it’s not in the philosophy, but in the implementation where the rub comes – for a host of reasons."
It's really well laid out, organized and clear. Your point of view is humble yet confident. It's clear what you're going to put forward won't take much effort but will be life-changing. Well done! Can't wait to see how God uses it... as an example of being the church in the world