“You stay completely apolitical and non-ideological,” Fauci says. “I’m a scientist and I’m a physician. And that’s it.”
In 2014, myself and other members of the police department were struggling to adjust to the “change” that comes with the hiring of a new police chief. At the time, I was a mid-level manager (lieutenant) in a mid-size agency (440 sworn). I understood the need for change, but I was struggling to identify the limit of change that I could personally make without compromising my personal values/beliefs.
After struggling for a year or so and at the end of mental rope, I came up with the following belief: “You stop changing when you start to lose who you and what you believe in.” It’s not good or bad, it just “is.” On a much larger scale, I would like to believe that Dr. Fauci had a similar belief. In my opinion, Dr. Fauci did an exemplary job of fulfilling his White House duties while maintaining his core beliefs of being apolitical and non-ideological, i.e. not caving into political pressure. In no way, am I trying to compare myself to Dr. Fauci, but I do believe that “my lesson learned” and the lesson that I see Dr. Fauci exemplifying is the same, and that is “be willing and open to change, but not at the cost of sacrificing who you are and what you believe in.”
What if police leaders throughout the nation adopted an assertion similar to Dr. Fauci’s? What if they proclaimed: “I will stay completely apolitical and non-ideological, “I’m an investigator (of the truth) and I’m a police officer. And that’s it.”
Ultimately, the leaders that stay true to those core beliefs will be the police leaders that earn and maintain the respect of their officers and their community.