Baltimore Police Officer Joshua Jackson understands the negative reputation police often have in communities like his, so he's using his ability as a rapper to bridge the gap, according to WBZ-TV.
Jackson and the Baltimore Police Department released a music video this week for Jackson's song "Baltimore's Finest," in which Jackson raps about his and other officers' experience in a positive way.
"I feel like as hard as we work out here, there are officers who aren't motivated enough, and maybe feel there aren't people behind them enough," Jackson told WBZ.
Jackson hopes that his music can serve to show citizens of Baltimore that police officers are also just regular people, and that he can tear down some of the negative barriers that prevent officers from being effective servants in the community.
Jackson told WBZ that kids in Baltimore have started to recognize him because of his music, and he hopes to one day show some of them how to write and record music of their own as a way to build relationships.