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A policeman
 

A POLICEMAN IS MANY THINGS.  HE'S A SON, A BROTHER, A FATHER, AN UNCLE, AND
SOMETIMES EVEN A GRANDFATHER. HE Is A PROTECTOR IN TIME OF NEED AND A
COMFORTER IN TIME OF SORROW. HIS JOB CALLS FOR HIM TO BE A DIPLOMAT, A
PSYCHOLOGIST, A LAWYER, A FRIEND, AND AN INSPIRATION. HE SUFFERS FROM AN
OVERDOSE OF PUBLICITY ABOUT BRUTALITY AND DISHONESTY. HE SUFFERS FAR MORE FROM  THE NOTORIETY PRODUCED BY UNFOUNDED CHARGES. TOO OFTEN, ACTS OF HEROISM GO UNNOTICED AND THE TRUTH IS BURIED UNDER ALL THE CRITICISM. THE FACT IS THAT LESS THAN ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT OF POLICEMEN EVER DISCREDIT THEIR UNIFORM. THAT'S A BETTER AVERAGE THAN YOU'LL FIND AMONG CLERGYMEN.

A POLICEMAN IS AN ORDINARY GUY WHO IS CALLED UPON FOR EXTRAORDINARY BRAVERY FOR US! HIS JOB MAY SOMETIMES SEEM ROUTINE, BUT THE INTERRUPTIONS CAN BE MOMENTS OF STARK TERROR. HE'S THE MAN WHO FACES A HALF-CRAZED GUNMAN, WHO RESCUES A LOST CHILD, WHO CHALLENGES A MOB, AND WHO RISKS HIS NECK  MORE OFTEN THAN WE REALIZE. HE DESERVES OUR RESPECT AND OUR PROFOUND THANKS.

A POLICEMAN STANDS BETWEEN THE LAW ABIDER AND THE LAW BREAKER. HE'S THE PRIME REASON YOUR HOME HASN'T BEEN BURNED, YOUR FAMILY ABUSED, YOUR BUSINESS LOOTED.

TRY TO IMAGINE WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF THERE WERE NO POLICEMEN AROUND. AND THEN TRY TO THINK OF WAYS TO MAKE THERE JOB MORE REWARDING. SHOW THEM THE RESPECT YOU REALLY HAVE: OFFER THEM A SMILE AND A KIND WORD: SEE THAT THEY DON'T HAVE TO BE MAGICIANS TO RAISE THEIR FAMILIES ON LESS-THAN-ADEQUATE SALARIES.

WE THINK POLICEMEN ARE GREAT. WE THANK GOD FOR ALL THE LITTLE BOYS WHO SAID
THEY WOULD BE POLICEMEN, AND WHO KEPT THEIR PROMISE. WE HOPE YOU FEEL THE SAME WAY, AND WE HOPE YOU'LL SHOW IT SO THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ENOUGH GOOD POLICEMEN TO GO AROUND.

What Are Cops Made Of?
 
A police officer is a composite of what all men are, a mingling of the saint and sinner, dust and deity. Culled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore the instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "news".  What that really means is  that they are the exceptional, unusual and notcommonplace.  Buried under the froth is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of all  officers misfit that uniform. That is a better average than clergymen.
What is an officer made of?
He, of all men, is at once the most needed and the most unwanted. He is a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "pig" behind his back. He must be such diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think that he has won.  BUT...... If the policeman is neat, he is conceited; if he is careless, he is a bum.  If he is pleasant, he is a flirt; if not he is a grouch.  He must make in an instant the decisions which would require months for a lawyer.  BUT..... If he hurries, he is careless; if he is deliberate, he is lazy.  He must be first to an accident and infallible with a diagnosis.   He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and above all make sure the  victim goes home without a limp, or expect to be sued.  The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt.  He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal".  If you hit him, he is a coward, if he hits you,  he is a bully. A police officer must know everything -- and not tell.  He must know where all the sin is --  but  he cannot partake. The policemen must from a single human hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal --  and then tell you where he is hiding.  BUT...... If he catches a criminal , he is lucky;  If he doesn't, he is a dunce.  If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't he is dullard. The policeman must chase bum leads to a dead end, stake  out ten nights in a row to tag one witness who saw it  happen -- but refuses to remember.  He files and writes reports until his eyes ache to build a case  against some felon who'll get dealed out by a shameless shamus or an "honorable"who isn't.
The  police officer must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. And of course  he will have to be a genius... For he'll have to do in all on a policeman's salary.
Author Unknown
 
 

 

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