The year 2013 winds down! Who would have thought? We made it. As the blue and red lights shut down and the patrol day comes to an end, we unavoidably stroll toward the closure of 2013. During the past patrol year, we’ve shared many stories together: some good, some bad, some funny, some sad. So, in the final 2013 Boulder City Police Department blotter, I’d like to share my perceptions; I hope they make sense.
Think back. Remember the excitement you experienced as a child standing in front of the ice cream cooler? Or how about when you waited up for Santa? Wow! I remember jumping up and down, thinking my feet would never touch the ground.
The winter months are almost officially upon us. Temperatures have been steadily decreasing, getting close to or below freezing at night. As the weather changes around us we become more conscious of how it affects our bodies.
Did you see that? The broken window on that house or how about the car; it looks abandoned. The crime-based broken window theory surveys how “norm-setting” is affected by urban disorder. The theory hit the mainstream in 1982. However, studies in the late ’60s first examined the question of urban spoil.
Remember, Santa is making a list and checking it twice. As children, we learned valuable lessons. Many times we did not agree with our parents or other adults who corrected our behavior. But at the end of the day, I’m thankful for my parents, teachers and other adults insisting on schooling my decision-making process.
Responsibility — the moral obligation to act correctly? If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound? Without discussion of contextual semantics, the conclusion to those queries is yes. Shall we walk down the path of deflection, excuses, apologies or the reality of acceptance for a choice? A choice that embraces civic responsibility.
Hey, did we forget to lock the front door or the car? Did we take the keys out of the car? Did we roll up the windows? How about the coffee pot? Did we turn it off? You get it? Although the last question may not have a catastrophic ending, since today’s coffee pots have automatic shutoffs, the first three could be costly.