Happy New Year! As we approach the end of pro and college football bowls and playoffs, wins and losses expose the difference between a champion and just another team. No matter the outcomes, the definitions of a win can become relative to the team. A win could be defined simply as the unexpected participation in the championship game. One thing we do know is, if you are not participating, you’re definitely not winning. Life is not much different than a sporting event. If you’re not in it, you can’t win it.
The close of one year and the beginning of another give us the chance to reflect on setting new goals. Our Kennesaw Police Department team definitely has secured many wins in 2022. Our opportunities to fight crime with technology are becoming greater daily. Our crime analyst is able to find suspects in new, efficient and effective ways. Our partnerships with neighboring law enforcement agencies, along with technological advances, have proved to be successful combinations. We are excited to build off this new foundation for greater impact.
Training for our team continues to provide big wins. Our staff is being exposed to and challenged with new concepts in training and growth. I frequently comment that competency and confidence create a solid base for keeping our team and community safer in what can be very dangerous situations.
Finally, we continue to broaden our horizons in community engagement. More opportunities are emerging routinely. We still maintain our department programs and events, like the Jerry Worthan Memorial Christmas Fund, but I have been recognizing more situations where our staff members have developed their own engagement challenges. Some are on a huge scale; others are small and simple. But all have a positive impact on our community and beyond.
Unlike sports, there are no finish lines or scoreboards in the game of life. Winning is an uncomplicated concept — just be in the game. Simply engage with your family, church and community.
I encourage you to continue finding ways to engage. Thank you for jumping out of the bleachers and into the game. We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s better to give than to receive.” We help create a safer community when our focus centers on serving others. Even if your favorite teams lose the championship this season, we all win when we join together with our individual strengths to serve the community. Go team!
Until next time, stay safe.
– Bill Westenberger has served as chief since 2008. He was given the 2019 Kennesaw Citizen of the Year Award.
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