This is an updated version of the Tarnished Badge video that I posted earlier. This one was done at the Character Training Institute a few years ago (which you can tell by the increased amount of hair I have…!). I also talk about the relationship between Character and Achievement, a concept I explore in even more detail in the Twin Towers of Integrity video…
The police badge is a symbol of the public trust. We expect the badge to be returned one day worn, but never tarnished by unethical, illegal, or immoral behavior. This badge was worn by one of my deputy sheriffs who was actually arrested for distribution of marijuana. It was returned tarnished and is no longer fit to be issued to any other law enforcement officer. “He who has been given a trust must prove himself faithful…”
Note: As soon as I figure out how to overcome some technical difficulties, I have a very nice training series called Polishing the Tarnished Badge that I hope to upload to the blog in the next few days. The video clips will be from a training session that Franklin Smith and I conducted at the National Sheriff’s Association Conference in 2008.