The sad irony of this whole thing is that Stan Sniff is an atheist and may miss the overriding point of the resignation letter because its’ author invoked God. Look at indictment of the department from this now retired career employee against the department…
My Fellow Warriors,
After careful thought and consideration, I have concluded that my core values are no longer aligned with the current culture of the State of California. I have been uncharacteristically quiet these last 18 months and I believed my silence would one day end. However, while staring into the skies from the windows on the 5th floor of Sheriff’s Administration, my conscience guided me onto a different path for me and more importantly, my family. After almost 22 years of devotion to this department, it is time to move on and enjoy my lovely wife and children as well as maintain my health, sanity, and overall happiness.
Unfortunately, we live in a day of compromise. Across California, so many LEA’s are becoming adept at compromising with society that they have forgotten how to be uncompromising. Agencies have let the current trends in culture influence and corrupt their core values and practices—blurring the lines between good and evil, between moral and immoral, between ethical and unethical. In fact, law enforcement in California has compromised so greatly with society that it has effectively brainwashed many of its members to accept its mindset, values, attitudes—even its skewed morality. Society has become the final arbitrator of truth and forced the higher-ranking members of law enforcement to bow to an immoral, ungodly mob mentality.
I strongly believe a continuation of compromise, will set a course that will cripple public trust and conflict with our profession’s ability to serve our communities with honor. Evidence proves society is declining at an ever-increasing rate. The likelihood of continued attacks against our profession is guaranteed, which makes it so important to adhere to and not allow compromise to creep into our thinking.
Instead, look for courage to lift your collective voice against the mob spirit that is threatening the integrity of our profession. In a world that’s gone gray with compromise, each of you must faithfully delineate the good from the evil. Failure to disentangle yourselves from the ordinary citizens will have devastating effects on the most fundamental values of the law enforcement profession. Seek to live an uncompromising life to break the long pattern of conciliation and submission. Remain faithful to the core tenets of this profession.
If the Almighty is not your final authority, be committed to your respective Code of Ethics as the final authority and be willing to suffer the consequences in failing to do so. The last sentence of The Law Enforcement Code of Ethics, contains the words “dedicating myself before God.” I firmly believe these words are confirming the importance of religious faith in law enforcement’s heritage and future; in this way we should constantly strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our profession’s most powerful resource in fighting crime and protecting our communities.
Endeavor to do all things without grumbling or disputing. Live in such manner to be blameless and innocent, above reproach amid our crooked and perverse society. Do not love in vain or work in vain. Be of the same mind in fighting wrongdoers, maintain that first love you had for this profession, remain united in spirit with each other, intent on one purpose. Do nothing out of selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourself. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Be sheepdogs of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve. This is the life of a public servant.
Serve your profession with honor, both on and off duty. Strengthen your ability to control your emotions and your actions, regardless of circumstance, so you will be set apart from others. Focus the core of your being on uncompromising integrity so your character will hold steadfast and withstand any attack. Make a vow to yourself, your spouse, your children, your partner, that you will never quit. If you get knocked down…GET UP! If you get passed over on the promotion list and transferred to an assignment in the cover of darkness…STAY MOTIVATED! Draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect those whom you have sworn to and accomplish the mission at hand. Remember, the community you serve expects you to be physically harder and mentally stronger than our attackers.
Theodore Roosevelt subscribed to this belief. In his 1910 speech “Citizenship in a Republic” he stated:
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
In closing, I thank those who have made my career possible and given consequence to the various assignments I had over the years. I am grateful to have played a small role in specific conversations that have helped guide those who have been called to a life of public service. I am sad to leave, but I leave this profession with no regrets. I leave with the knowledge that I had the career God intended for me. I believe the pursuit of truth through ethical conduct and moral courage is a noble undertaking and I encourage the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department to embrace this ideology.