BEST COMMENDATION EVER!
Recently, the department received a heartfelt commendation for Officer Leach from a nice gentleman the officer had contact with. Although we receive commendations frequently, this is probably one of the nicest ones we have ever received. Therefore, we thought we would share it with all of you.
We do have the permission of the author to share it.
"My comment is for the act of kindness and consideration shown by Officer J Leach badge #1503. On 9/21/17 I had an encounter with this particular officer. I want to say that because of the media and recent press, as a black male most of our impressions of the police department are not as positive as we would like them to be.
However, Officer J Leach is an exception to the rule. He treated me with respect, dignity and compassion. Although he didn\'t have to, he went the extra mile and did everything in his power to help me.
I am not on the Police Force. I know its a hard job. And everyday you guys face the risk of not returning home to your families for the protection of others. This is something we all appreciate and know.
Unfortunately the press, social media, and etc give negative connotations that often cloud our judgement. Because of this, we find ourselves being judgmental towards those we accuse of judging us resulting in a loss of faith for the police department.
Its people like Officer Leach who change those impressions. That helps us realize we can\'t judge a thousand based on the actions of one. Personally, he restored any faith that I may have lost in the police department.
I spent hours at work thinking about our encounter with one another. I thought about every aspect of how that one situation could've turned out. I thought about the snowball effect it could've caused for myself and family.
I am thankful that Officer Leach and others like him represent our community. At the end of our encounter he shook my hand and said "if you are ever in the presence of a police officer again all I ask is that you try and remember this moment."
Not only will I do that Officer Leach, but I will share this story with others and ask that they do the same. To yourself and the Dunwoody Police Department, thank you for your service to the community.
It's appreciated more than you know." BG