With the approaching PEACE OFFICERS WEEK, I feel it is appropriate to share the following.
WHO ARE THEY
Who are those that are totally dedicated to serve and protect all of us?
Who will go where we won’t go and do what we won’t do ?
A first responder has the most freighting of jobs, never knowing what the day will hold.
A simple traffic stop can turn into a life changing experience, a domestic violence call may result in violence on the peace officer, so who are those that accept the special calling to save lives even in the most menacing of circumstances?
Who are those that are expected to reach out to at-risk youth to save those at the end of their rope or to find help for those who feel that the world has given up on them ?
Who has taken on the burden of responding to a call of a mentally deranged person who is a danger to themselves or to others ?
Who has to interfere in family disturbances with patience and understanding of the contentious issues ?
Chief Brown of the Dallas Police Department said “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country. For every societal failure we put it on the cops to solve. Not enough mental health funding, let the cops handle it. Not enough drug addiction funding, let’s give to the cops. Schools fail, give it to the cops. Policing was never meant to solve all of these problems”.
The Creed of the One Hundred Club says “The community’s support of its Peace Officers is an unequal responsibility, the community can give only time and money. While the Peace Officer can give his life”.
So how does the rest of us benefit from the dedicated service of our Peace Officers? It enables us to pursue our endeavors without constant concern or fear of a lawbreaker interfering with our lives.
So our message to the community is to show respect and appreciation for the sacrifices that Peace Officers benefit us every day. If you have an opportunity personally engage with an Officer tell them of your appreciation for what they do. A hand shake, a pat on the back, a cheery voice, a hand wave in passing will show them that you care.