Friday, December 18, 2015

Crime Prevention Tip 2 by NCNL.org


The Marshall Police Department recommends that all citizens avoid publicizing the details of holiday plans and travel arrangements, whether upcoming or in progress. Wait until the vacation is over to comment on it and share photos, but still be cautious about what information you make publicly available.

To discourage purse-snatchers, don't overburden yourself with packages. Have your purchases delivered whenever practical. (This safety time was brought to you by the Marshall Police Department.)

Install secondary locks on your windows and doors - pins, deadbolts, stick in the slider etc.
Light the exterior of your home around doors, windows and driveway.
Trim hedges, bushes and trees around doors and windows. Be able to approach your door from the outside and be certain there is not an intruder waiting for you.
Place gifts where they cannot be seen from outside your home.
Avoid opening the door to strangers.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Crime prevention tip #1, by Salsa Ramos





This holiday crime prevention tip,  message is brought to you by the Marshall Police Department.

Avoid social media updates. While everyone wants to update their family and friends about exciting trips, those without the strongest privacy settings on their social media accounts could be notifying more people than they expect.

 As the trip comes closer, refrain from posting exact dates and times in which you will be out of town because social media accounts are a great place for a third party to get information.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a debit card, credit card or check when possible. (This crime prevention tip was brought to you by Chief Campa and the Marshall Police Department.)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MPD Mission Statement & Vision Statement

Mission Statement


The Marshall Police Department mission is to preserve public safety and quality of life
within the City of Marshall, to respond effectively to the changing needs of the community,
and to promote mutual respect between the Police Department and the people we serve.


To preserve a high quality of life and feeling of safety for the City's diverse population, all members of the Marshall Police Department are committed to serve with professionalism, respect and concern for the community. To optimize the use of police resources, the Marshall Police Department balances firm and quick response to all forms of crime with community problem solving and crime prevention approaches. The Marshall Police Department is mission-oriented in all of its priorities and activities.
 
The Marshall Police Department's philosophy and work processes reflect modern, quality law enforcement concepts and technology, involving every member of the Marshall Police Department in an effort to continually improve all areas of administration and operations. Quality leadership at all levels reflects the Marshall Police Department's commitment to a strong work ethic, while valuing diversity, promoting effective learning, enhancing and maintaining flexibility.
 
The Marshall Police Department constantly strives for effectiveness in preventing and fighting crime, for effective collaboration with other city departments, and for providing leadership and support for regional law enforcement efforts. To this end, the Marshall Police Department recruits, hires, trains, supports and retains qualified personnel as sworn and civilian members of a progressive law enforcement agency.

Citizen Police Academy, By JesusEddieCampa.com




The Marshall Police Department has formed a five-day Citizen Police Academy (CPA) program. The MPD CPA will create an expansion of our community-based efforts and emphasize our motto of “Putting Our Community First.”
This program is intended to open the lines of communication between the Community and the Marshall Police Department.
To the Citizen, it may frequently appear that the police are not doing their job or are exceeding their boundaries. By allowing citizens a firsthand look at what rules, regulations and policies the police follow, some of the misunderstanding may be alleviated.
The objective of the Citizen Police Academy is not to train an individual to be a “Reserve Police Officer” but to produce informed citizens. The Citizens and Police Officers meet each other face to face, and each becomes a person to the other. In the past, citizens have simply seen a uniform, now they have an understanding of the person behind the badge.
The first session of the Marshall Police Citizens Academy will be held at the Marshall Police Department on January 25th, 27th, 29th, and February 1st and 3rd from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Participants will have to attend all five days to graduate from the academy.
The Citizens Police Academy is designed to increase the community's understanding and awareness of the Marshall Police Department. Citizens will be exposed to many different aspects of law enforcement including the day-to-day operation of the Marshall Police Department. Some of the activities participants will experience include:
• Agency Tour • Overview of the Police Profession and Criminal Justice System • Emergency Management and Communications • Patrol Operations/Equipment Demonstrations • Traffic Enforcement/DWI Enforcement • Crime Scene Investigation • Criminal Investigations • K-9 Demonstrations • Arrest Procedures • Graduation
Anyone interested in participating in the academy will have to complete and return the CPA application form. The application form will be used to check a person’s background. Individuals that pass the application process will be granted a slot in the academy. The CPA is limited to 20 individuals per session.
The application can be downloaded by visiting Marshallpd.com. Complete the application and return it via email to Gstone@marshalltexas.net no later than 12 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2016.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Build Trust through building transparency with the Media... By Jesus Eddie Campa





You will always here police chief’s talk about transparency.  Many of them talk about it because it is the word that is currently trending in today’s police world.  I pride myself in running a very transparent police department.  I think that having the open working relationship that we have with the media has been a great benefit for us.  When I arrived I was told that the media did not think highly of our agency.  After meeting with several of them I discovered that they in fact did not have a high opinion of the Marshall PD.  As it is important to have the trust of the community, it is just as important to have an open line of communication and build trust with today’s media.  In a time where the media is quick to highlight any short coming or misconceived notion that a police officer commits, it is vital to have a transparent relationship with the media that serves our community.  Now I am not saying to go out and become their best friends, but make sure to keep them in the loop.  Get information out there so there is no perception of mistrust or that you are hiding something. 
This is why I hosted the 2nd Annual Media day luncheon at the MPD.  This gives me the opportunity to invite the media to our Head Quarters.  During their visit we give them a tour of the facility and show them the day to day operations of the PD.  We also provide them with some great demonstrations from our SWAT and K-9 units.  Then we settle in for a nice catered lunch, along with a Q&A session.  The media truly appreciates this and we enjoy building a bridge that brings us together.  The following is a story that was written by Kelly Colvin of KSLA. 
                                             Marshall, Tx. police host media day event

Posted: Nov 13, 2015 4:45 PM CSTUpdated: Nov 28, 2015 12:17 AM CST
By Kelly Colvin

Marshall, Texas, Police Chief Eddie Campa briefs media representatives (Kelly Colvin/KSLA News 12)
MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) -
Marshall police hosted a media day event Friday to demonstrate some of their tactics used in certain situations.
Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa said he wanted to hold the event to build relationships with representatives of the media, thanking them for their efforts in helping police get much-needed information to the public.
As part of the event, members of Marshall PoliceDepartment's SWAT team and K-9 units demonstrated several scenarios police face while on duty.
Officers with the special response team demonstrated a traffic stop in which the SWAT team had to be called in to assist in getting the "suspect" out of the vehicle. Officers with the K-9 unit also showed how the dogs check a vehicle where drugs are suspected to be present.
Campa explained that the department's canine officers no longer scratch on the spot of the vehicle where drugs are suspected but rather simply lie down as their signal.
K-9 Officer Amor showed off his skills at taking down a suspect. For demonstration purposes, Capt. Best was the "suspect." Wearing a special protective sleeve, Best endured Amor's vicious bites. But after it was over and the sleeve came off, Amor showed a softer side to Best.
Campa answered numerous questions, including queries about the department's new campaign No Colors, No Labels.
It's an initiative to education and promote positive relationships between citizens and erase preconceived notions that all police are racially motivated, according to the department. 
The campaign implemented by Campa involves grass-roots educational and social media campaigns.
While explaining his idea, Campa used as examples several instances in which he said he had been racially profiled. 
The initiative's mission is to stop hate, promote diversity, eliminate prejudices and advocate safe, inclusive communities for all.

Copyright 2015 KSLA. All rights reserved.

Shocked


Growing up in a community that is diverse and vibrant, because of its location and its real estate, sheltered me from the truth of racism. I always knew it existed, as I read about it in our history books, watched it on the news, saw the changes that it was causing, and in the profession I have spent the last 21 years serving in, yet, I had never actually experienced it. It was not until I traveled to a different state that I was exposed to racism firsthand. I was told that I was the wrong color and race to be applying for the top cop position in that community.
After a few days in the community, I realized that I was indeed not welcomed and was only brought in for an interview to meet some affirmative action quota. I was exposed to racism again after becoming the Police Chief of a town in East Texas and was shocked at how openly racism was accepted there.
The main issue here was that it had been going on for so long that it almost seemed to be accepted as natural or normal behavior. I arrived at a time when the anti-police sentiment was beginning to brew heavily around the country.
I was shocked at how several people in the community were treated because of the color of their skin or because of their social-economic status.
In talking to the community, many felt that the police were racially motivated, and did not trust us. The reality was that this was a misconception built on by years of misunderstood criticism on both ends of the spectrum. This is what led me to create the ‘No Colors No Labels Initiative.’ Through education, transparency, partnerships, food, unity and faith. the world could change and unite to put an end to racial misconceptions.
To find out more about NCNL, call (903)935-4543 or email nocolorsnolabels@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/nocolorsnolabels and on Twitter @nocolorsnolabels. Visit the website at http://ncnl.org.

Amigos

      I was asked by a police chief the other day why it was so hard to gain the trust of minority groups. He seemed a little stunned when I asked him what he had done to gain their trust. He had no answer other than to say “I do my job and make sure that they have police protection.” I asked him if the community members believed that they were equal and true stakeholders. I told him that we need to stop looking at minorities as minorities. Yes, they are different, we are different, I am a minority. I am a Hispanic Police Chief in East Texas.  Look at each community member as a stakeholder, not as a color, or race. Yes, you will have to relate to the culture, but have you shown a vested interest in their communities? The following is what I shared with him, and I hope that it helps anyone else out there that may be having the same issue. 
     It is apparent that research shows that minorities are more likely to view law enforcement with suspicion and distrust. Minorities report that the police inexplicably single them out because of their race or ethnicity. Is this a fact or a misconception?
     It goes without saying that the public’s opinions about the lawfulness and legitimacy of law enforcement are an important gauge for judging policing in society. 
     Racial and ethnic minority perceptions that the police lack lawfulness and legitimacy are based mainly on their dealings with the police, and can lead to distrust of the police. Distrust of police has serious consequences. It destabilizes the validity of law enforcement, and without legitimacy police lose their ability and authority to function successfully.
     The question is then how do you gain the trust of the minority community? While there is no true simple solution to winning over the minority communities, there are plenty of things that one can do to bridge the gap.
1. Be genuine with the minority communities that you serve. 
2. Understand the culture of the minority communities that you serve. The better you understand and can relate to their culture the more you will gain their trust.
A. Traditions and values will be different, understand them.
B. Vocabulary and language will be different, learn it.
3. Keep your word: Look into it or return a call if you said you would.
4. Be visible in the different parts of your community. Visit, eat and attend events in the different minority communities.
A. Don’t just show up for a photo opportunity or with a news crew. 
B. Don’t just show up when incidents happen. Show your face all the time; let the minority community get to know you.
5. If you say, you embrace community policing then make sure the entire department embraces it. 
6. Be transparent, not because it is the current trending word, but because that’s who you are. 
     This has been the secret to my success and a creed to live by in any profession, not just policing. The job of a police chief is not easy by any stretch of the imagination; however, some of us make it harder than it needs to be. Understand that we are all different, but we all just want to be treated with respect. This is the profession we were called into, so no matter how bad things get out there, hold true to your integrity.
Respectfully,