This blog / column is written for everyone who ever wanted to know what it's like to be a police officer. I have been in law enforcement of 27 years. In that time I have seen some incredible things. Many of them positive, but many of them have been heart wrenching and painful.
I have watched as the world of law enforcement has changed from "The cops are always right" to "The cops are usually wrong". The image of police officers has been damaged by the acts of a few. What I have also found is that the men and women of law enforement are by and large good and decent people who want to do whats right. They believe in justice and understand that there is such a thing as evil, it lives and breathes all around us. Most cops, and I say most because we can all point to the exception to the rule; you know the cops that did bad things, or committed crimes, violated their oaths or took advantage. Yes they exist. To deny that would make me a liar. But we have to keep in mind that police officers are just like everyone else. We are prone to human frailty and weakness like everyone else.
The problem is, as cops we have sworn to rise above the natural inclinations of humanity. We have taken an oath to be better than our natures. So when we fall short it is more devastating to the cop, his or her family and the larger community. OK so that's out there. I don't deny it. but......In the course of my career I have seen our police officers sacrifice for others at the expense of themselves and thheir families. I have witnessed acts of kindness, bravery, integrity and honor by our police officcers that would take your breath away.
So all in all I can say without hesitation that the people that choose law enforcement as a career are worthy of our resepct. They are a good lot.This column will reveal to you what goes on behind the scenes of police work. I want to tell you the stories that don't always make the papers or evening news. These are the stories of true character and decency. Some of the stories reveal the pain of seeing the things cops see. Some will be funny, because there a lot of humor in police work. When I say funny I don't mean that its funny at other people expense, but the truth is that humor, often referred to as "Gallows" humor, is a survival tactic for cops. When we are on the scene of an incident where a small child is brutally beaten, burned with cigarettes or killed, that leaves a mark on your soul. We can laugh or we can cry. The job and the mission goes on so we choose to laugh to push aside the horror.
Hopefully as the weeks go by, and we develop a friendship we can better learn to communicate with each other. That's the purpose of this column, to bring us together and make a ' world. Thats what cops do, a lot of us are idealists, optimists, we believe in good, even in the face of horror.I would love to address any questions you have about police work. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, just list "police column" in the tag line so I know its you and not some spam. So here we go.
Its an open forum. what I can't do is talk specifics about active cases or give legal advice. That's not my place, its not appropriate and I don't do it. I can and will weigh in on events of the day and talk about concepts that may be related to ongoing cases on a larger scale. I hope you like the column and i look forward to hearing from you. Let me know what you think.