LaGrange Chief of Public Safety, Lou Dekmar, is a very impressive man. A graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, Dekmar has been a member of, and led a number of statewide, national and international committees related to police work and law enforcement.
The LaGrange Police Department is one of approximately 700 police departments across the United States, out of a total of 18,000, that are accredited through the Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, and has been accredited since 1999. In addition, the LaGrange Police Department was identified by a team in Washington DC as one of three police agencies across the country that exercise best practices when dealing with the mentally ill. LaGrange is lucky to have a man of Dekmar’s experience leading that department and our overall public safety initiative.
Dekmar took time out of his hectic schedule this week to meet with me and show me around the police station, which I enjoyed and appreciated. His intelligence and work ethic are immediately recognizable, as is his ability to connect well with those he works with. He is the kind of man who brings out the best in those he comes in contact with.
During our conversation this week, we touched on something I have been thinking about ever since. Specifically, the way crime is covered in the media. At the Rotary Club meeting May 10, Dekmar was the program speaker, and spoke to this topic briefly. His point on this matter was relatively simple. In 1994 there were 24,000 homicides in the United States, which had a population of 280 million at the time. In 2016…
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