Police have always had their detractors and critics. Typically they consist of people who have been caught doing things they shouldn’t be doing, usually illegal things, usually criminal in nature. It goes with the profession. There has always been that vocal minority who aren’t happy following rules.
However in recent years, some critics have included the very people who rely on the rule of law and order including some prosecutors (Baltimore), mayors (Baltimore), Governors (Missouri), all the up to the Department of Justice. Even President Obama set the tone in July 2009 when he said police who arrested a professor “acted stupidly” before he had the full story.
Since then, respect for authority, and specifically police officers has deteriorated at a quickening pace. The job itself is a dangerous job, as seen recently in Fox Lake, Illinois when police officer Lt. Joe Gliniewicz (along with many others throughout the country) lost his life in line of duty.
Watch and listen to the officer’s wife and family as she expresses her hurt and pain:
Members of the police department no longer have to deal only with the bad guys, they have to deal with the bureaucracy of government, and contempt from members of the public who rely on those very police officers who’s job it is to protect those people.
Just within the last week, a Florida police officer in Pembroke Pines was refused service when she attempted to order a quick meal at an Arby’s drive-thru. She was told the employee didn’t want to serve her because she was a police officer.
Since then, the officer and the entire Pembroke Pines police department have been shown appreciation from other fast-food restaurants, along with residents, for the outstanding and needed service that police officers provide to the community. A huge ‘thank you’ has been given to the police department.
Imagine a community, or a country without police officers being the thin line between law and order, versus chaos. Police officers need our support, they need as many ‘thank you’s’ as they can get, so they can do their very dangerous jobs. Maybe buy them a cup of coffee, or pick-up their lunch as a ‘thank you’ for what they do.
It’s Labor Day weekend. Many of us are off enjoying the weekend. They’re working to make sure we can enjoy ourselves in a safe and secure manner.