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Trust in American Police Remains High
During our police careers we attend many training conferences. As a major city police chief for eighteen years, I attended my share. It was a wonderful experience to visit quite a few of America's largest cities. Police conferences were usually greeted by big shots from the host area, but I must confess that despite the number of conferences, only one greeting sticks in my memory. Andrew Young, Mayor of Atlanta, welcomed us. Mayor Young, an African-American, had been a fiery Civil Rights leader and served under President Jimmy Carter as a very outspoken Ambassador to the United Nations. In his former undertakings, Andrew Young had been quite blunt in his criticism of American police and there was a degree of uneasiness as hundreds of police chiefs waited for his words, wondering if he would begin our annual training conference with a stinging rebuke.