Most police can respond to a call, size up the situation and respond accordingly. The ones who as soon as they put on the uniform think that it makes them lord and master overall are the problem ones. Thankfully they are in the minority.
When my three kids were attending Burroughs High in the 1970s and ’80s, they had a party at my residence, which probably like most teenage parties, got a little loud. Some kids, as kids will do, sneaked beer into the festivities, unbeknownst to the adults present.
The police were called and swooped down on us like a narcotics raid. We were unlucky to get the few bad apples who had no clue as to how to size up the situation, only knowing how to impose their will on a bunch of kids.
Maybe some communication skills training would have helped.
To all the “good” Burbank police officers out there, we love and respect you. To all the others (you know who you are), take a hike!
Become a holiday basket donor
For 76 years, Burbank Coordinating Council has been helping Burbank families in need. This year we need more community support than ever before as we prepare for the annual Holiday Basket Program, which continues to be run completely by volunteers.
The program matches up needy families in our community with individuals, families and organizations that are willing to adopt families by providing them with food for a holiday meal and gifts for their children.
Each year, through our partnership with organizations and members of the community, we supply holiday baskets to more than 500 families whose children are on the free- or reduced-cost-lunch programs in our schools. For many, this is the only holiday the family will have.