COLUMBUS, Ga — With all the tension involving police shootings in recent days, how are the hardworking, honest officers coping with the turmoil?
News 3 spoke to Randy Robertson. He’s the President of the local Fraternal Order of Police– and Vice President of the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police.
Robertson spent many years as a law enforcement officer. He says the public needs to remember that police officers are asked to make split-second decisions with little information.
Robertson says the FOP only supports the highest ethical standards for officers. But he warns the public should not rush to judgment of officers just because an officer is accused of a crime.
“We’ve put a tremendous amount of pressure on the men and women of law enforcement which has led to a lot of law enforcement officers leaving the profession,” Robertson tells News 3. “And it’s also led to a phenomenon called de-policing, where law enforcement officers show up for work, but they back off a little bit, where they are not as proactive as they should be.”
Robertson says police officers appreciate the support shown them in the past weeks. He encourages the community not to be afraid to rally in shows of support of the men and women in blue.