Retired Police Officer Visits Aspiring Journalists

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Retired Police Officer Visits Aspiring Journalists

Grant Boyer stands in front of a room of aspiring journalists and speaks of recent events dealing with the police force. (Kammie George/ newspapers2)

Grant Boyer stands in front of a room of aspiring journalists and speaks of recent events dealing with the police force. (Kammie George/ newspapers2)

Grant Boyer stands in front of a room of aspiring journalists and speaks of recent events dealing with the police force. (Kammie George/ newspapers2)

Grant Boyer stands in front of a room of aspiring journalists and speaks of recent events dealing with the police force. (Kammie George/ newspapers2)

By Kammie George

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Former detective Grant Boyer came to talk to a group of aspiring journalists at the newspapers2 camp on the Long Beach City College campus. He is a retired police officer of 30 years, and a professor at Cal State Long Beach of Administration of Justice. He touched on topics relating to police and media relationships in recent events.

“What people read will leave a lasting impression…your perspective is your reality,” Boyer said.

During the presentation Boyer said that journalists are the principal bridge between the public and the police. In fact, Boyer further explained that developing a personal relationship with a police will help develop trust within a community.

“When you lose that personal relationship, you lose that trust,” Boyer said.

However, in recent times because of the role of social media depicting police in a negative manner, Boyer said police fear taking action while on duty. Despite this fear, there is still hope for mending this relationship, because police understand that all lives are equally as important.

“Anyone who has the power to take your freedoms away from you should be held accountable,” Boyer said.

Boyer also mentioned topics relating to the public’s education, and their level of understanding for the police force. He said that it is important to properly train officers to react appropriately to a situation; therefore, all officers are aware of the severity of recent events and accusations against the police. On the other hand, Boyer also mentioned that it is important for the public to educate themselves on the work police officers do, and their training regimen in order to accurately create an opinion of their work.

“If I had a magic wand I’d put everyone through the Citizen’s Police Academy, so they can truly learn what it is police officers do on a daily basis,” Boyer said.

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