While Houston Police Department officers’ primary duty is to “protect and serve” their communities, the community engagement aspects often go unnoticed. Lance Salge, however, made sure he talked up the efforts of one HPD officer who met with a group of Cub Scouts. Here is what he wrote:
Greetings Mayor Turner,
I wish to provide a letter of recognition for HPD officer Carl Sedita for his community involvement. Officer Sedita graciously accepted an invitation to come out and meet with a group of fourth and fifth grade Cub Scouts, in the Sugar Land community.
The scouts had a requirement to meet someone who was in the field of search and rescue and learn about their job, what kind of training is required, and what you might experience in that job. Officer Sedita shared information with the scouts who were fascinated by his presentation. He had stories and videos of life as a rescue diver.
He explained the equipment they work with, its purpose, and scenarios in which the equipment is used. Officer Sedita cast the Houston Police Department (and all police officers) in a wonderful positive light for these elementary students. He is a great role model and left the scouts knowing that police officers are someone they can trust and who are on their side.
It is my hope that the City of Houston has a way to acknowledge officers such as Mr. Sedita for the extra mile they go for community relations.