I've followed past articles concerning the El Centro Police Department and internal problems that may or may not exist there. I've spoken to officers past and present. I've even educated myself a little about the Peace Officers' Bill of Rights, yet I still found myself doubting or disbelieving what is going on there. It can't all be true? … Can it?
Recently, a veteran police officer with over 15 years of service was retired. One would think official recognition from the chief of police was in order. Customarily, a handshake from the boss in combination with a watch, a mounted badge, a set of clubs or even a plaque would suffice. Well, it isn't always so.
Not only was this not the case, I understand this officer's retirement would've gone entirely unrecognized by the chief of police if not for the efforts of another, obviously caring individual. It was this individual who did the right thing by simply and officially recognizing this officer for his service. This individual understood that simple recognition reaffirms integrity in anyone receiving it and strengthens the shoulders of those seeking it. It is a good thing.