an incredible insight from Police chief, Kevin Woodside
A defender, champion, or zealous upholder of a cause or principle.
An officers uniform consists of a shield on the left side for a reason! The strong side, predominantly your right hand, is for your weapon. The left side carries the symbol of the knights of old, the protectors of ancient society. The shield represents the current commitment that law enforcement officers have made as warriors, servants, and leaders to “serve and protect.” Police officers are modern knights, going to work each day with weapons and armor with a noble cause to protect our society and ensure our welfare. That is the culture that has helped shape my perspective, so these modern knights are my primary intended audience, but the definition does not end there.
It is a character that makes a knight, not vocation. Character founded on sound principles and the pursuit of a purpose that matters makes you a knight at home as a parent, at work, and in the world. John Maxwell describes the characteristics of character-driven people.
- Do right, then feel good
- Are commitment driven
- Make principle-based decisions
- Let action control attitude
- Believe it, then see it
- Create momentum
- Ask, “What are my responsibilities?
- Continue when problems arise
- Are steady
- Are leaders
A modern knight has the sense that something bigger than themselves has something better for our world and that they have been called from the sidelines onto the field to make a difference. Having been called into service and leadership, a modern knight has a desire to live differently and influence the lives of others through a pursuit of a safer life for the community.