Ahmad Mims grew up in Syracuse and went on to play college basketball at Oswego. He’s a sixth-year cop who has his eye on more for his community, and himself – all possible if “we just came together.”
Rookie Officer Lashonda Russell wanted to be a cop after she saw the trouble her brother got caught up in. But now he's not talking to her. Her mom's excited for her; her dad is worried. She is unbowed.
A 7-year veteran, Officer Emily Quinones has charted a path from Puerto Rico, to a job at Pep Boys, to her status today as a familiar face in the Strathmore area and a vital link to the Spanish-speaking community.
For Detective Mark Rusin, it boils down to this: generating conversation and establishing relationships — with the community, with fellow officers involved in shootings, and with the criminals he questions to close a case.
Police recruit Brandon Hanks grew up on the South Side, where the cops were viewed with distrust. Now he's one of them, and that suspicion is directed at him. The whispers, doubts and glances cut deep.
The stress of the job can be overwhelming. Police officers die 10 years younger than the general population. The Blue Courage program encourages police to deal with their emotions — easier said than done.