My skin color has nothing to do with my leadership style. Jesus Campa Security Expert and Retired Chief of Police

Leading the fight against racism by Jesus "Eddie" Campa

Jesus Campa is an Author of  The Unmasking.  As a Hispanic Police Chief, I am considered a minority. I keep asking myself why it is so important to keep bring up the fact that I am a minority.  I am a Hispanic Police Chief with 22 years of law enforcement experience and an education.  I retired as the Chief Deputy of Law Enforcement in El Paso, Texas and have served as the Police Chief of Marshall, Texas for the past two years.  I am the police chief of a 23,500 population city with the majority of African American population, followed by whites, Hispanics, and followed by a growing Asian population. I have had a successful two years in Marshall.  We have lowered the crime rate by a combined 23% in the past two years, introduced new technology, rebuilt the bridge of trust with the community, and have a new outlook on community policing.  We have established new community outreach programs such as the No Colors No Labels Initiative.  The majority of my officers are white.  I do not feel that we have accomplished what we have because of the color of my skin.  I feel that I have accomplished this because the men and women of my agency were ready for a change of direction and leadership. The city as a whole was ready for positive change; all it needed was the right person to come along and set the course.I feel that we could have accomplished all of this regardless of the color of my skin, as long as the person had the same vision in mind. I was recently asked what the secret to my success has been.  The answer is very simple. One, remember that you are a servant of the community you represent.  Two, remember the golden rule treat others as you would want to be treated, third remember that the foundation of a successful police agency is the community and finally treat your employees fairly and with respect. That is the difference between a manager and a leader. A leader is a person that understands the job and knows the community they serve and the employees that work for them.  What I am trying to say is that I have accomplished this not because of the color of my skin or because I am a minority, but by my beliefs.  To change the culture of an agency the change must be genuine right from the top all the way down the chain.  A cultural shift within an organization can only be completed if the person at the top has gotten the buy-in from the majority of the staff, and the community.  It is vital to remember that actions speak louder than words.  The culture change has nothing to do with the color of the skin of the leader, but everything to do with the belief system that the leader is introducing into the culture.   Who is he?  He is Jesus Campa Security Expert and Retired Chief of Police 

The Unmasking

The book that will unmask the ugly truth of policing in East Texas.