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
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
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.
Are Cops Made Of?
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,
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.
is an officer made of?
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.
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.
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