What is L.O.V.E.?

WALKING WHILE BLACK : L.O.V.E. IS THE ANSWER

 

LEARN about your community and the people within it. For peace officers, that means embracing true community policing, listening to people, getting to know them, serving them and earning their trust. Ministries, make sure there is at least one person from your church serving as a chaplain in your local police department. Learn about the adversity our peace officers face, both in the community and within their own department. Companies, seek out ways to nurture and employ members of your community. Take an active interest in learning about the specific needs of the community.

 

OPEN your heart to the humanity in the community. After you take the time to learn, let that knowledge enter your heart. As knowledge seeps into the heart, something magical happens — you start to relate and care on a deeper level. Views and solutions become two-way, not just one-way. Patterns of respect and commitment develop andreal relationships are built. A solutions-oriented film using the most powerful force in the universe: LOVE.

VOLUNTEER yourself to be part of the solution. Let yourself go there – into that place that makes you both professional and human. It’s OK, it’s not a weakness. It’s a strength. What I’m talking about is changing the mindset from “us versus them” to “we’re all in this together.” Treat every person you deal with like they are a member of your family and pretty soon, that’s exactly what they will become.

EMPOWER others to do the same. As you practice the first three steps, reach out to others in your life to encourage them to do the same thing. When you do this, you’ll start to experience a change in attitudes and a stronger community.