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By PAUL FARBER
Rantoul Press columnist
We are now in 2013. It seems hard hard to believe, but time waits for no one.
History will reflect back as the past few years of the recession, presidential election and the fiscal cliff-debt ceiling as some of the most serious and perilous times in our history as a country.
As I have in past editions pointed out, it is our support for local, state and national leaders that is needed to assist them in moving us forward. We do not have to agree on everything, but we must stand united.
In this edition I conclude the final points of how your police officers are true winners and possess these traits.
• They are friendly toward others. The old adage about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar is appropriate here. Whether dealing with co-workers, citizens or criminals, winners are appropriately friendly with all. As a result, co-workers like them and readily help them when needed.
• Citizens are happy with their performance, and the criminals are more willing to open up to them and provide information or confessions to them.
• They serve the needs of others. Winners, at any level, try to help their fellow man or woman.
• In helping to solve others’ problems, they build a rapport, develop a friendship and show genuine interest in the needs of others. Winners are generally paid back in kind for their efforts on behalf of others.
• They balance work, play and rest. For all of their intense efforts at work, winners also recognize that work is only one aspect of their lives.
• They balance their success at work with family, friends and off-duty activities. They are often winners in all of these areas because they balance their lives appropriately.
• They control their own destinies. Winners are in control of their performance and their lives.
• They know how to perform their jobs well while avoiding the problems that plague others. Because they are in charge of their lives, they look like they are in charge of their lives. And, that’s why they are so easy to spot in your department.
I hope you have a blessed year and remember your police department is here to serve and protect the community and its citizens.
Paul Farber is chief of the Rantoul Police Department.