Texas Southern University students held a community discussion with Houston Police Officers to bring awareness about the everyday stereotypes that are brought upon authority figures.
Police officers have been stereotyped in both good and bad perspectives.
“The public seems to stereotype us as officers, it goes both ways. But, I’m human just like everyone else; I go home, I have a family, a wife, a mother, kids, just like everybody here,” said Officer E.J. Reyes.
Most people see officers as the enemy of harming and oppressing the people that they are supposed to protect at hand.
A picture is painted of police officers from the everyday “norm” that is often seen on television, but brought back to reality from those who believe its accuracy.
“Just because I wear this uniform doesn’t mean that I am this person that you think I am. I’m a different person,” said Reyes.
Other accusations that are made about community police are more than likely based off of experiences that one has encountered; making someone else create false ideology of an individual without knowing for themselves.
Although, bad cops do exist throughout the nation, generally they do not fit this description.
The conception of the police force emphasizes the overall need for police officers to obtain the community by doing policing duties.
“Our job is to serve the public and in between those lines it’s a broad aspect, because we can go from being a police officer, being a good friend, being a good listener, a psychologist, psychiatrist, even though we aren’t educated in those areas, but we still go to the effective,” said Officer Charles Webb.
The study of police ethics highlights the importance of the roles and responsibilities of the police; they can be more than what others portray them as.
Police decisions can affect everyday lives of each individual that comes into contact with one.
“It’s just best that we all respect each other,” said Officer Erica Dean.
Smaller communities made up of African American and Latino (a) ethnic groups tend to feel threatened and more so as a target police authority.
The officers stated that they merely do not target those specific groups; it just so happens that, that is where the most crime occurs.
“We have to react according to the scene… Every scene is unique; every scene is different,” said Reyes.
The stats for Third Ward area from January to October shows that the increase of crimes mainly resides in homicide cases, but that the crimes alone have decreased tremendously.
“Crime here has really gone down compared to the city,” said Officer Michael Webb.
However, day-by-day people become better informed about the police and why an officer will take certain actions in a given situation.
“I got a lot more information about what exactly it means to protect and serve. Also in the moment of what they are thinking. I was raised thinking that police were there to help me and so this kind of just helped to reiterate that,” said Zakiya Jackson, Junior at Texas Southern University.