NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In honor of Fallen Peace Officers Day, Nacogdoches County Combined Area Law Enforcement hosted its annual service in respect of 10 law officers who were killed in the line of duty since 1871 on Friday.
However, law enforcement of today remained the focus of a speech presented by U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales. The former law enforcement officer says it's time for those behind the badge to reevaluate their service and acknowledge Americans are losing confidence in their good work. He said, better communication with the public and holding each other accountable for the sake of principals are essential.
"We need to take a hard look at how we hire, train, and how we engage with the citizens," Bales said. "We need to constantly recommit ourselves to the Holy Grail of law enforcement. Those are due process and equal justice in the law with every man and woman are presumed innocent and deserving under the protection of the law."
Bales urged law enforcement to see the people as their neighbors and not their enemy and to not act on emotions or fear.