Humanizing The Badge

April 06, 2018

Humanizing The Badge

by Ian D Scofield

Humanizing The Badge is a non-profit organization dedicated to building the bond between first responders and  the public. We all know the state of public opinion when it comes to law enforcement in the modern world. This non-profit recognized the extra stress this puts on law enforcement and aims to improve the relationship.

The project is based out of the United States and is registered as a 503 non-profit. You have probably heard of the organization through their merchandise that can be found around the internet. I sure have. Mike The Cop that we have talked about before, uses the #humanizingthebadge hashtag on his social media.

A strong connection with the community that you serve is important. We have talked about this before when we talked about community policing. But the creation of the Humanizing The Badge organization works to connect the public with those behind the badge from multiple angles.

One of the effects of the Humanizing The Badge organization is that it has brought more law enforcement officers to social media where they are creating a positive view of LEOs. All one needs to do is type #humanizingthebadge or #humanizethebadge into Twitter to see so many officers building a connection with others and showing their humanity.

The main way that Humanizing The Badge itself works is to create and support community service projects. PROJECT:HUMAN and The 227 Project are both examples of projects they have worked on. These projects aim to reduce stress in law enforcement officers.

Social media has been one of the best efforts they have undertaken. There is only so much an organization can do to show humanity but when they engage the populace, that is when humanity is truly shown. Humanizing The Badge is one of the major reasons that social media policies need to change in law enforcement agencies.

You don’t have to start allowing social media posts that will reflect negatively on your department but blanket bans reduce the public appearance of law enforcement as humans.

What do you think of Humanizing The Badge? In my opinion it is a start to connecting the law enforcement world to the everyday world. It is hard to make the connection when you don’t walk in the shoes of a police officer. Anything that can be done to change that, is worth the effort.

 

About The Author:

Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice.  He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer.  At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content.  Feel free to visit his freelancing site or his creative writing site.

 





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