Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Minority Report

 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.

What is "Leadership" and what makes a Good Leader?

What is Leadership?

What is "Leadership" and what makes a Good Leader?
Have you ever noticed that people who have never held a leadership role in their life are the first ones to tell leaders that they have no idea what they are doing? What makes a leader? There are so many ideas of what a leader is or does. There are many definitions of leadership. The Collins English dictionary defines leadership as “the leader(s) of a party or group.” Yet true leadership is much more than that. A leader can be the CEO of an organization or a first-year employee who leads his or her team to success behind the scenes. A leader might lead through official authority and power. Yet, just as often great leaders lead, through inspiration, persuasion and personal connections, and accountability. 

So what is leadership? One great definition is:

Leadership is the art of leading others to deliberately create a result that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.”
It’s not just the creation of results that makes good leadership. Good leaders are able to deliberately create challenging results by enlisting the help of others. They can single-handedly turn failing companies into Fortune 500 organizations. They can change company cultures. Good leadership is an essential key to corporate success.

What makes a good leader? Here are some of their most important characteristics:
Self-Awareness. You have an intimate knowledge of your inner emotional state. You know your strengths and your weaknesses. You know when you’re working in flow and you know when you’re overworked. You know yourself, including your capabilities and your limitations, which allows you to push yourself to your maximum potential.

Self-Direction. You’re able to direct yourself effectively and powerfully. You know how to get things done, how to organize tasks and how to avoid procrastination. You know how to generate energy for projects, to calm yourself when angered. You can make decisions quickly when necessary, but can also slow to consider all the options on the table.

Vision. You’re working towards a goal that’s greater than yourself. It could be something small, like the success of the team, or a larger vision of world peace. Working towards a vision is far more inspiring than working towards personal gain.
Ability to Motivate. Leaders don’t lead by telling people what they have to do. Instead, leaders cause people to want to help them. A key part of this is cultivating your own desire to help others. When others sense that you want to help them, they, in turn, want to help you.

Social Awareness. Understanding social networks and key influencers in that social network is another key part of leadership. Who in the organization has the most clout, both officially and unofficially? Who moves the hearts of the group?
These are some of the most important characteristics of good leaders.

Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

Most of these traits tie directly into emotional intelligence (EQ). Leaders with high EQ are intrinsically more self-aware. They understand their mental processes and know how to direct themselves. They’re more in touch with what they’re deeply passionate about. They naturally care more for others and receive more compassion in return. They’re more socially in tune.

Leadership is more often than not about “soft skills” rather than hard skills. Yes, a leader who understands what drives the bottom line is valuable. Yet, it’s the leader who can get others to perform at their best who ultimately creates winning organizations.
What are some of the main ways you see your leadership skills impacting your workplace performance?




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Martin Luther King Jr - Award

MARSHALL, Tx. - Across the country, tensions have been high between citizens and law enforcement.

Marshall, Texas is no different.

"When I first got here, I was advised we had some external issues that we had to mend. And that was the relationship that we had with the community and the preconceived notion that the community had of the police department," said Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa, Marshall Police Department.

To break down those barriers, Chief Campa started the "No Colors, No Labels" initiative.

The police department hosts events aimed at ending hate by promoting understanding between different races.

For his efforts, Chief Campa earned the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian award from Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Marshall.

"This award means a lot because I've always been a fan of Martin Luther King and his vision and his dream," shared Campa.

Chief Campa says he will continue strengthening Marshall's community policing efforts.

"I'm just very happy I got the opportunity to come to Marshall and had the vision to start No Colors No Labels initiative.... rebuilding the dream and continuing to move forward."