As I have written before, I have been a police officer for 28 years. The men and women with whom I have served are some of the most honorable, dependable people that you could possibly meet. They are compassionate. They are dedicated. They are patriotic. They are hardworking. And they truly wish to make a positive difference in the communities they serve. The vast majority of them are extremely conservative, and they work harder than anyone to make certain that civil liberties are protected. But it’s important for folks to realize that we don’t make laws, we just enforce them.
There are over 750,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the U.S. These are flesh and blood human beings. They are not machines. They have feelings and loved ones just like everyone else. They have private lives, and they love freedom more than most. And we make mistakes just like everyone else. But our mistakes are more public and more scrutinized (as they should be) than the mistakes of others. We train hard and diligently to keep our mistakes to a minimum. And we try to err on the side of caution whenever possible.
Daily, the brave men and women of law enforcement put their lives on the line for people that they mostly do not know. They serve and protect their communities. They go toward danger instead of avoiding it. In our world, failure and retreat are not options. We realize that we are not popular with a large segment of the population but that does not dampen our enthusiasm for the job. We still serve with pride and honor regardless of how the public we serve looks upon us. We take extreme pride in what we do, and we do our best to do it well.
As for the militarization of law enforcement, I would ask that everyone review the North Hollywood bank robbery shooting and the Miami/Dade F.B.I. shooting. Then you will realize that in extreme situations, extreme equipment and tactics are needed. When bullets are flying to and fro, it is nice to have something that will stop them. And when the bad guys are armored and armed to the teeth, it adds some level of comfort to be on a somewhat level playing field. I do not know of a single police department that patrols in armored vehicles nor do the beat cops wear military fatigues. I still wear the same style class “a” uniform with the polished boots that I started with in the 80’s. I still patrol in an unarmored patrol car, and my equipment, including sidearm, is basically the same as ever. We expect to face danger but we are not paid to commit on-the-job suicide.
I expect people like Obama, Holder, the looney tune mayor of New York and the race baiters to not support us. That is not unexpected. But I have been sadly disappointed in the so-called conservative front page writers of this site, and you know who you are. You can blame the aforementioned liberal nut jobs for what happened in New York City if you want but their critiques of our work pretty much mirrored yours. And I was always taught that people living in glass houses shouldn’t cast stones.
Because of how law enforcement has been portrayed on these pages, I am washing my hands of this site. But I want you to ask yourself this. What would society be without the brave men and women of law enforcement?