Bibb sheriff urges better law enforcement & community relations
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Bibb County Sheriff David Davis says he’s concerned with the state of the county and easing relationships within the community is a priority.
In addition, he says he’s also concerned about his deputies’ safety and wants to make sure they’re safe when out on patrol.
“It’s kind of upsetting to see so many people that are afraid of police officers,” Deputy Michael Bryant said, referring to posts he’s seen on social media this week.
He says now is the time to take an extra effort to build relationships in the community.
“With us reaching out more, that lets the community know, hey, we are here for you, we’re not fighting against you. We’re here together. We’re fighting for a common cause,” Bryant said.
He points out Thursday night’s shooting in Dallas, Texas that left several officers dead should be a sign to all law enforcement to be proactive in their areas.
“I think the most important thing for us to do is to concentrate on our community right now, and that’s going to be a way for us to be proactive in a situation,” Bryant said.
“It causes all of us in law enforcement to be even more vigilant in doing our day-to-day duties,” Sheriff David Davis said.
The sheriff says the shootings and the overall climate in the country has him concerned about his deputies.
“Our people are involved in a very dangerous profession,” Davis said.
Bryant agrees and emphasized the importance for officers to put themselves in other people’s shoes before reacting.
“You have to be able to connect with them. Not on a level of me being Deputy Bryant, but me being Malcolm,” Bryant said.
He says only then will the climate change.
“We’re here to help and assist you in any way that we can and I think that that’s the most important thing that we get out there and we stress,” Bryant said while driving away.
Sheriff Davis says because of the shooting in Dallas, he’s going to continue his efforts to meet with residents throughout the county to build better relationships.