With the current highly politicized climate – from some of the highest political figures, to some “clergy”, a lot of the media outlets, populist and cultural movements, and many others, the law enforcement profession – and law enforcement officers themselves have come under fire.
It appears to be unpopular to support law enforcement, and almost a badge of honor to denigrate, disrespect, and downright hate those who choose to put their lives on the line to protect and serve our nation and its citizens and residents.
A lot of readers will be too young to remember this, but this is very much like what happened to our military servicemembers who were serving during the Vietnam War, especially during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. They were reviled, disrespected, spat upon, and attacked for doing their duty. Korean War veterans actually had it a little better, as “the forgotten war”. They were just forgotten, almost in shame. It wasn’t until the Gulf War in 1991 that they finally got recognition and respect, and those who disagreed with the current war and / or the national policies did not take it out on the military members, but the politicians and others who were responsible for the policies they disagreed with.
Servicemembers finally got the respect they deserved for those years of sacrifices.
Now it’s popular to do the same thing to serving law enforcement officers. The vast majority of all Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s, police, cops, or whatever your vernacular is) are dedicated, caring people who only want to protect and serve others – not as a slogan, but actually protect and serve.
No one segment of society is above reproach. The law enforcement profession is no exception, and because of the authority they wield, should be held to a higher standard and scrutiny than most other professions – but they also attract a much higher percentage of good, solid citizens with a service oriented drive than most others. Those individuals who break their oath should be pulled out of the ranks, fired and if appropriate, prosecuted. All the rest should be respected for their dedication to selfless service to protect us.
Here are some of those dedicated officers. 83 as of today (with 7 shot and killed in the last month alone) who have lost their lives in the line of duty just this year. They won’t be the last.