Top cop takes re­cruits down mem­ory lane

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - BY STE­FANO ES­POS­ITO, STAFF RE­PORTER ses­pos­ito@sun­times.com | @sle­spos­ito

When Chicago Po­lice Supt. David Brown be­gan his ca­reer in 1983, po­lice of­fi­cers hur­riedly thumbed through map books to find un­fa­mil­iar streets.

A few years later, when they got com­put­ers, they were so big, there was barely enough room left in the pa­trol car for the cops.

Brown took a group of Chicago po­lice re­cruits down mem­ory lane Mon­day, but he also told them what hasn’t changed about the job.

“You have to have some­thing most peo­ple don’t have — a courage and a brav­ery no one would vol­un­teer for, es­pe­cially now,” he said.

He called po­lice work the “most no­ble pro­fes­sion.”

Brown spoke to 87 re­cruits. The po­lice Ed­u­ca­tion & Train­ing Acad­emy re­sumed train­ing Mon­day, fol­low­ing a four-month break due to the coro­n­avirus. The re­cruits have re­turned to the acad­emy to com­plete their fi­nal six weeks of train­ing. Among other things, the re­cruits are re­quired to wear masks and gloves dur­ing any train­ing that may “break so­cial dis­tanc­ing pro­to­col,” ac­cord­ing to the po­lice depart­ment.

“This coun­try needs you,” Brown said. “It needed law en­force­ment in 1983, and they need you even more now. I know it doesn’t feel like that. It feels like they don’t need you. You have to live un­der a rock not to know there is this great ef­fort to de­fund the po­lice.”

Brown said the best cops he knows have “bal­anced lives.”

“Stay hum­ble, stay hu­man and use your dis­cre­tion,” he said. “You stay alive, young ladies and gen­tle­men, and make it home to your fam­i­lies.”

ASHLEE REZIN GAR­CIA/SUN-TIMES

Chicago Po­lice Supt. David Brown wel­comes re­cruits back as train­ing re­sumes with so­cial dis­tanc­ing pre­cau­tions at the CPD Ed­u­ca­tion & Train­ing Acad­emy, 1300 W. Jack­son Blvd., Mon­day.

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