Why Local Law Enforcement Needs Our Support

Jim Luff
Posted on January 28, 2015
Jim Luff with Kevin Burton, president of San Joaquin Community Hospital, at the Kern County law enforcement rally Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Jim Luff with Kevin Burton, president of San Joaquin Community Hospital, at the Kern County law enforcement rally Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Jim Luff with Kevin Burton, president of San Joaquin Community Hospital, at the Kern County law enforcement rally Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.
Jim Luff with Kevin Burton, president of San Joaquin Community Hospital, at the Kern County law enforcement rally Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Last Friday, we closed our office at 3:30 p.m. so that our office staff and operations personnel could attend a "support rally" organized by local politicians to recognize and thank local law enforcement. We did leave one dispatcher behind in a back office so business went on as usual on the phones but the office was dark.

KERO-TV / Channel 23 article and video here
 
As conflicts arise throughout the nation between citizens and law enforcement officials, it hit home here in Bakersfield, Calif., when two city police officers were fired upon while sitting in their squad car.  
 
As a company, we want to support our local law enforcement. It was important to us to show up and help boost morale and show our appeciation. We carried signs and participated in a balloon release honoring officers killed in the line of duty. Each balloon represented an individual officer.

Our company frequently participates in community events both that benefit our community as a whole and feel the participation in the community we serve is beneficial to us for marketing purposes as well as supporting the philanthropic efforts within our service area. 

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  • Darrell

     | about 3 years ago

    Johnny, Did you and I read different articles? The one above that I read was to show support for LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT, not Obama or Ben Franklin. This article deals with what one well respected limousine operator did to show respect for fallen police officers - ones who sacrificed their lives for the safety, security and liberty of others. It was also a rally to show support for the officers still alive and well service the local community. I, personally, find your complete lack of respect for both the author, AND the subject, to be appalling. You appear to be one who wants his personal liberties to be guarded, but are not willing to stand up for those of others, as these officers - and the ones in your area - have done for the general public. When I first started driving people for a living over 15 years ago, I drove a limousine for a company that primarily catered to executives in Chicago going to or from one of the two major airports there. Often, I felt like I was treated by the clients riding in back as "the hired help," or even "that 3rd-class zoo monkey who should be honored to do my bidding!" While I have since learned that it's less about supreme superiority and more about complete lack of acknowledgement, I learned to be polite and to create for them the best possible environment for their safe travels between home and the airport, or vice versa, despite - or in spite of - their treatment of me. Those same officers that you sneer at in your comments here, have to, unfortunately, deal with people like you treating them the same way as those executive clients treated me. I feel sorry for you, sir, that you do not understand that customer service goes both ways. You like for your customers and clients to treat you with respect. You, in turn, expect your chauffeurs to provide your clients with exceptional customer service. Those officers should be entitled to the same courtesies as the clients in the back of your limousines. They treat you with r

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