So, a while back I wrote a post about the public hating us. Now while the media continues to sensationalize everything about ‘police butality’ and this ridiculous B.L.M. movement I have found at least in the community I am employed I’ve found everything BUT the public hating us.
In fact in the past few months I have had more people approach me and my co-workers and Thank us. They’ve told us kind words as, “We appreciate everything you do.” They’ve acknowledged the garbage media coverage on police and have even bought US breakfast!
Most of the folks that were kind enough to purchase our chow for us and depart before we found out who you were I’d like to Thank you. For those that blessed us with your kind words I’d like to Thank you again as well.
I’ve had a big change in my career over the past 15 years. I’ve gone from the punk rookie, to the salty tough guy to (still salty I guess haha) an officer that wants to get the most out of each encounter with the public. Unfortunately, a lot of interactions with the public begin with something unpleasant. I try to make them feel more comfortable, crack a few jokes and break that uneasy tension so when we part ways they not only feel better but have a clearer idea of what direction to head.
For me, I had a false view of what law enforcement and public service was. I always thought it was us against them but in the grand scheme of things we are all together in our community. I took this job first under the excitement that nothing is ever routine. Of course during my interviews I said I wanted to help people which quickly changed being that snot nosed punk rookie. Now I find the helping people part is so much more gratifying to me and is my top goal. For the past 8 years I’ve been on this path and I feel much better about myself and the job.
My administration has had a lot to do with everything from the top down. I am fortunate to work in an agency where the typical administration is ‘hammer’ anyone who doesn’t perform their duties top notch but one which truly cares for the advancement of the department, the safety of their people and the image and relationship we have with the public.
Perhaps I got off on a soapbox here so let me step back down and really just a Thank you to all I serve and all those I serve with.
God Bless America!