Interview with Dale Bowlin

OK, and, ah, tell me then, what is the ideal kind of police protection that should be prevalent in--


Well, interestingly enough, we were having some difficulties with the citizens out there. There was, ah, I'd say, a lack of understanding between the police and the citizens in that community. So, we wanted to find out exactly what it was that the people in the Central District were looking for in terms of a relationship with their police officers. So, we had an independent survey conducted by some folks out there and identified some of the interesting, I think, things that police a--that police need to be doing all around the country to, to, if they really want to, to become successful with the community and in primarily the minority community. The survey identified that the citizens out there, the minority citizens, aren't angry with the police. What they're concerned about is that they have a lack of understanding with the police. They don't know them; there's no personal relationship. They see the police coming by [  ]in eight-hour shifts. They see the police officers maybe not showing a great deal of understanding for their problems. They come very quickly; they leave very quickly. They perceive that the police officer doesn't really care about the problem because they talk in very legalistic terms that the lay-people many times don't understand. Obviously, the police officers, because many of these areas, ah, this lack of relationship with the citizens and them, they want to get this over and terminate the contact with the citizens as quickly as possible and go on to something where they feel more comfortable. So, what this survey showed us is the minority citizens there wanted a police department, they wanted police officers that there was a personal relationship with. That they knew them, they understood them, and that, in fact, the police officer showed some personal interest in their problems.