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8 William L. Har vey William L. "Bill" Har vey ser ved as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Militar y Police Corps, for over 23 years with the Savannah (GA) Police Depar tment, and as the chief of police of the Lebanon City Police Dept (PA) for over seven years. He is now the Chief of Police for the Ephrata Police Dept (PA). He is on the advisor y board of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and other professional associations. If you have any comments or questions, you can contact him via email at bhar vey@of W hen police officers reflect upon the Police Week ceremonies, most envision the gathering in Washington, D.C. I will admit that I have never attended the ceremo- nies but choose to reflect locally. This is where my reflections transcend into teach- ing moments and where I direct my energies to our youngest officers. The role of all law enforcement leaders is to reflect over colleagues lost and reduce these numbers, however, to me this is a true training opportunity to ensure the younger officers understand what we are and how we can learn from the lessons of the past. It is a teaching moment for the younger officers, for citizens, and civic leaders. Carry the traditions When I attended the police academy, we were taught our law enforcement traditions. My FTO took me to the locations where officers had lost their lives and recapped what happened that day. It was personal and we envisioned the loss and impact it made on the department. My old police academy and FTOs did a great service to my generation of officers. As police academies have changed, however, some things are getting cast aside. It is my mission to ensure that our future officers understand and appreciate our traditions and honor those we have lost. My old department also had an informal policy that the rookie officers were required to attend the local Police Memorial Day service and the St. Michael's Day Mass (also known as a Blue Mass). The youngest officers were often assigned to lay the red rose on the monument when there were no family members present. I would lay the rose for a distant relative, Sgt. Habersham Harvey (46-E:12), until my leaving there. To me, traditions are both taught and caught, for which I am grateful. For nearly 20 years I was on our funeral team, working my way from the foot of the casket to the flag presenting. Far too many younger officers did not know our traditions. The old trainer in me now addresses this. Every year I produce a packet, the Black Ribbon, for my staff and share it with local chief 's organizations with a history of Police Week, background infor- mation, a list of local officers and K9s we have lost in the past year, and more. It is important all officers have this background information. If asked, they can explain to the uninitiated and to set the proper decorum at local events. We cannot rely on the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge or the local Police Emerald Society to be there to assist and help; far too many smaller or rural departments may not have these resources available to them. I challenge each chief to seize moments to instill traditions in their department, not just by pen- ning another policy but to be human, not official. Police academy trainers and FTOs, this is a week to excel in preparing your students for this vocation, so honor the profession. What was eye-opening was my first chief 's job where the county did not have any Police Week ceremony at all. I was stunned and immediately set forth on creating one. I am proud to say that it still continues after my departure. If your area does not have a local remembrance, start one. Seize the opportunity to humanize this profession. Why do I do this? Maybe it is honoring an old Army MP buddy Nathaniel Broom (19-E:9) or an academy student Mark MacPhail (30-W:18). Better yet, it is to celebrate not how they died but how they lived. Thank you for reading their names in this column in honor of Sgt. Habersham Harvey of Savannah Police Department EOW: Oct. 20, 1881. Rest easy, we got it from here. A Chief's Perspective On Police Week Creating a legacy for learning and remembrance. P O L I C E W E E K HONOR THE FALLEN " To me, traditions are both taught and caught. " More details on Chief Harvey's Black Ribbon packet can be found at

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