This is an archived blog from when I ran Conscious Public Relations Inc. from 2008-2018. Excuse the potential outdated-ness!
LOTS of feel good stories this week, despite the hurricanes plowing through the US.
One of the great articles I read last week was in the Georgia Straight, on Sergeant Kalwinder Dosanjh, who “wants to develop a better rapport with people in the [Downtown Eastside] neighbourhood.”
Dosanjh is one of a few people featured on a new CityTV show called The Beat, showing at 10:30pm Saturdays. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m hoping it’s not at all like COPS. Dosanjh says, “We’re here for them…So if we have a sense of compassion for them – and we’re here for them – then we can be successful at what we do.”
This is a great way to serve, protect, and ultimately get to know the community, instead of the typical ‘looking for criminals’ approach.
It’s not all smiles and rainbows though. Dosanjh oversees 10 officers in the neighbourhood, encounters drug dealers, and has chased gunslingers, but with his experience and a bit of compassion for the people in the DTES I’m sure that the community can only improve. He also points out the fact that there are less rehab programs than safe injection sites, which seems a bit backward.