There is a reason why people claim great respect for officers of the law: the job, by description, is hard-if not deadly.
It takes a certain kind of person to accept the consequences of the job- seeing the very worst situations, on a regular basis,
and knowing that one's life is on the line every hour of every day. Working in law enforcement is emotionally and psychologically
draining. It affects these public servants both on and off the job. Said plainly, shaking an officers' hand when you see them
or posting a sign in the front yard that reads "Support the Badge" is lip service. Even going as far as to donate money to
a crowdsourcing fundraising site does little to support the long-term professional development needs of officers. These are
surface level signs of solidarity, and do little in terms of showing respect for the job and those who do it. For those who
want to do more, this text provides reasons and a rationale for doing better by these public servants. Showing respect does
not mean that one agrees with whatever another person or institution claims to be the "right" way. Showing respect and admiration
means that we charge individuals to live up to their fullest potentials and integrate innovation wherever possible. In the
case of policing in the era of Black Lives Matters, policing as usual simply is not an option any longer. It is disrespectful,
to both the officers and those who are being policed, to rest on the laurels of past policing tactics. As we enter a time
period in which police interactions are recorded (dash cams or body cams, for example) and new populations are being targeted
(Latinx people), there is much to learn about what is working and what is not.