#WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday – More Than a Social Media Campaign

#WhyIWearTheBadge has become an ongoing effort among police departments. Officers want to tell their story. Here is another good one. Click below on the expanded version to see their faces and read their words.


This post is part of our on-going #WhyIWearTheBadge Wednesday blog series.

Guest blogger: Michelle Gavin, Community Relations Administrator, Savannah-Chatham, Georgia, Metropolitan Police Department

The #WhyIWearTheBadge social media campaign has been an incredible experience for the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department in terms of gaining community support and bolstering the morale of our officers. We began our #WhyIWearTheBadge campaign on Police Memorial Day, and have since been highlighting officers from all of our precincts, investigative divisions and special operations units. Our goal is to profile at least 100 of the more than 500 officers on the force.

When I approach an officer for this campaign, I ask him or her to get to the core of why they became a police officer or why they continue to serve. Some know the answer right away; with others it takes some prodding. It has been a fascinating experience listening to the variety of reasons…

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