If your arrest is seen on social media

This was posted on the Village of Fredonia Police Department’s Facebook page yesterday:

In anticipation of the possibility of illegal activities within the Village of Fredonia on the weekend of April 27 through the 29th, the Fredonia Police Department wants to make the community aware that Officers are now wearing body cameras to assist in documenting the events as they are occurring and we will be posting all arrests on our Facebook page for public viewing.

In addition, the judges are going to hold court throughout the evening and into the night so that all subjects arrested can be arraigned and subsequently held for bail. Anyone arrested who cannot post bail will be transported to Chautauqua County Jail in Mayville until they can secure bail.

If you are intending to attend a social event in the Village of Fredonia this weekend, we encourage you to obey the law. It would be unfortunate for future employers to see your arrest on social media.

Sincerely

Bradley C. Meyers
Chief of Police

Naturally, a press release like this generates a lot of buzz. I just don’t think it matters that much.

I do think we’re missing the bigger picture.

Two days ago I found out that an athlete I coach wants to be an equipment manager in a college athletic department when he graduates. He never misses a training session. He works hard. He does everything I ask. He’s a kind person. I encouraged him to go see Fredonia’s equipment manager to ask about an internship.

Before he went I stopped by the equipment room to talk to the manager. I raved about this athlete, telling the manager what a great person he his. He now has a good shot at getting the internship.

Here’s the bigger picture: reputations are always built slowly over time. Every interaction and every small choice can make you someone to hire. Or not.

Rarely does anyone build a reputation from one post to social media.

Yes, it would be unfortunate for future employers to see your arrest on social media. It’s much more unfortunate if you can’t see the bigger picture.

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