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28:55 Download September 24th, 2023

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Today is Sunday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of the year.  98 days left in 2023. 

On Sept. 24th, 1789, President George Washington signed a Judiciary Act establishing America’s federal court system and creating the post of attorney general. 

In 1934, Babe Ruth made his farewell appearance as a player with the New York Yankees in a game against the Boston Red Sox. (The Sox won, 5-0.)  (In 1935, The Babe finished his career with the Boston Braves.) 

In 1968, the TV news magazine “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS; while on  ABC, the premiere of the night was the undercover police drama “The Mod Squad”.  (The “Mod Squad” lasted 5 seasons…60 minutes is the long running Primetime show in the USA . 

And just to illustrate how history can repeat itself. 

In 2007, United Auto Workers walked off the job at General Motors plants in the first nationwide strike during auto contract negotiations since 1976; a tentative pact ended that walkout two days later. 

On last week’s Talkback. We featured Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Fayetteville Police Chief Kem Braden.  In the 1st 20 minutes of our talk, Chief Braden explained how he came up via a fairly strict upbringing in and around the Fayetteville area, how his adherence to the discipline his raising provided him a recommendation to get into police work and how his first application led to his being hired at the Fayetteville Police Department almost 27 years ago.  He’s worked his way up through the ranks and now leads a department of about 430 sworn law enforcement officers (that’s the full strength target) and about 180 more non-sworn staff employees. 

The Police:  we pay them to do the job we don’t want to do ourselves:  That is, remind someone who is breaking the laws we make that they’re breaking it of them and to stop doing it. They provide an essential service….and, by priciple,  we need to support the Police Department.   

Here’s The posted Vision Statement of the Fayetteville Police Department:   

To serve as a premier law enforcement agency that is invested in the growth and safety of our community through innovation and a balanced approach to Law Enforcement. We will pursue and engage the best trained, equipped, and committed professionals who demonstrate the highest standards of performance and best policing practices in partnership with the community. 

In the Oxford dictionary, Police is defined as both a noun AND a verb. 

Noun – the civil force of a national or local government, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order. 

As a verb, to police is to “have the duty of maintaining law and order in or for (an area or event).” 

According to police experts today, the difference in how the Oxford dictionary defines policing and how today’s  police departments do their job is around the words “prevention of crime”.    As you will hear Chief Braden describe it, Fayetteville police are great at solving crime and maintaining order, but really need the community’s help in preventing it. He says so much is in our control – from managing our family member’s attitudes to simply saying something when we see something.  Please Listen as he explains how an ounce of cooperation can lead to a pound of cure.  Listen too to his thought as to how much of gun violence that arises from poor conflict resolution starts with social media postings.  A fascinating discussion picking up right where we left off last week talking about the police departments need for partnership with concerned citizens and organizations. 

(Interview Pt.2 with Chief Braden) 

FPD Mission Statement 

The Fayetteville Police Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life by creating a safe and secure environment for the citizens we serve. We will always act with integrity to reduce crime, create partnerships, and build trust while treating everyone with respect, compassion and fairness. 

As citizens, follow Chief Braden’s advice and let’s cooperate in the area of preventing crime where WE CAN – with our families and observations in our life spaces, …and help our police department do its best work!  

Thanks again Chief Braden…Find out more about the Fayetteville Police Department at FayettevilleNC.Gov/city-services/police   


Because there’s an extra burden on the safety of our first responders and good citizens these days, we pray for the safety of all! 

We’ve got a few minutes to spare on this morning’s Talkback.   At the beginning of today’s program we mentioned today marks the 55th anniversary of 60 minutes, first appearing on CBS Television September 24th,  
One of its creators, Don Hewlitt, directed its first two reporters, Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner, “just tell me a story!”  And since hearing about it years back I have never forgotten the simplicity and purity of that great advice. 

I’m neither Mike Wallace nor Harry Reasoner, but I HAVE learned the value of telling interesting stories when I come across them.  And I found one at my new dentist’s office – which is the same as my old dentist’s office.    As background, for many years, Dr. Skipper Owen Smith took care of my teeth.  He retired earlier this year and announced he was going to be succeeded by a retiring Army dentist, Dr. Stephanie Price.  What I only learned from asking Dr. Price was that her Dentistry  experience was only once of her talents.  She had actually begun her Army Career maintaining Blackhawk Helicopters.  And  I knew I had to find out more…. 

Interview 2 – Dr. Price 

And the moral of the story is caring exacting  talent is caring exacting talent in a caring exacting person…and Hilltop Family Dentistry’s Dr. Stephanie Price – on Fort Bragg Blvd in Fayetteville -fills the bill!  

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