Going into the protests, Sgt. Davis said they had to be prepared for anything. He says they must protect the protesters and the businesses in the area. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – “As an African American, as a black father, as a black man it hits me personally,” Broome County Sheriff’s Office Director of Training Sergeant Sam Davis told 12 News Tuesday regarding the protests of the death of George Floyd. He sees the protests as the first step in the first direction. He got a first-hand look at Binghamton’s protests advocating for equal rights. “We as officers are going to have to be a little more compassionate in the community,” he says. “[We] understand what our community members are going through and what they are feeling and just try and be a little more open.” Sgt. Davis old 12 News, “Talking is not going to be the only thing to get this done but myself and sheriffs office and every other agency in this community are all eyes and we are going to do whatever we can to make sure our community stays safe.” “Protesting a part of history, it’s about giving people a chance to voice their concerns,” Sgt. Davis says. He feels change can start right here at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Davis, has worked for the Broome County Sheriff’s Office for 15 years. Sgt. Davis, is the director of training and said preparing sheriffs deputies for the protests was simply about having an open mind. “We pay attention to the protests happening in other areas, that is critical.,” he said. “It is important to pay attention. We want to understand what people are protesting about.” “Behind the scenes there are talks that are going on and we get it,” he says. “We 100% get it. We’re happy that they feel they can say what they want to say.” He says he never experienced anything like this.