"MEAN" POLICE OFFICERS
*You wonder why he pulled you over and gave you a ticket for speeding, He just worked an accident where people died because they were going too fast. … … *You wonder why that cop was so mean, He just got done working a case where a drunk driver killed a kid.
*You work for 8 hours, He works for up to 18 hours.
*You drink hot coffee to stay awake, The cold rain in the middle of the night keeps him awake.
*You complain of a “headache,” and call in sick, He goes into work still hurt and sore from the guy he had to fight the night before.
*You drink your coffee on your way to the mall, He spills his as he runs Code 3 to a traffic crash with kids trapped inside.
*You make sure you’re cell phone is in your pocket before you leave the house, He makes sure his gun is clean and fully loaded and his vest is tight.
*You talk trash about your “buddies” that aren’t with you, He watches his buddy get shot at, and wounded in front of him.
*You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls, He walks down the highway looking for body parts from a traffic crash.
*You complain about how hot it is, He wears fifty pounds of gear and a bullet proof vest in July and still runs around chasing crack heads.
*You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong, He runs out before he gets his food to respond to an armed robbery.
*You get out of bed in the morning and take your time getting ready, He gets called out of bed at 2 am after working 12 hours and has to be into work A.S.A.P. for a homicide.
*You go to the mall and get your hair redone, He holds the hair of some college girl while shes puking in the back of his patrol car.
*You’re angry because your class ran 5 minutes over, His shift ended 4 hours ago and there’s no end in sight.
*You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight, He can’t make any plans because on his off days he still gets called back into work.
*You yell and scream at the squad car that just past you because they slowed you down, He’s in the driver seat of the squad car, going to cut somebody out of their car.
*You roll your eyes when a baby cries in public, He picks up a dead child in his arms and prays that it was crying.
*You criticize your police department and say they’re never there quick enough, He blasts the siren while the person in front of him refuses to move while talking on their cell phone.
*You hear the jokes about fallen officers and say they should have known better, He is a hero and runs into situations when everyone else is running away in order to make sure no one else gets hurt and loses his life doing it.
*You are asked to go to the store by your parents, you don’t, He would take a bullet for his buddy without question.
*You sit there and judge him, saying that it’s a waste of money to have them around,
Yet as soon as you need help he/she is there.
Reflection from a K-9 Police Handler
For the second time this summer Jago and I were called to the scene of a State park for report of someone missing. This evening it was to Wallum lake in Douglas for 2 young girls who wandered off into the woods. The outcome was good, the girls were located and safely returned to their parents.
As a civilian you all get to flip on the television to watch the news, or read a news paper or look on social media or search the internet to hear of these stories. I want to give you a perspective of what it is like as a police officer to actually be there. Being a K9 officer and on other specialized units I have been able to be a part of some critical incidents like this and watch as they unfold from the inside.
Today I saw what OUR tax money and resources go to. And quite frankly its amazing. When I got on scene I saw a state police helicopter in the air, numerous state troopers, state police K9’s, local police officers from all over, environmental police, paramedics from all over, dive teams and their boats, local k9 teams from marlboro, webster, paxton, douglas, oxford. I saw fire fighters. I saw ambulances from towns all around. Everyone had one main objective and it was to find these 2 girls none of us had ever met. Many of us were home when we got the call. I myself had just got home and was about to eat dinner with my kids that I hadnt seen all day. I got the page, put my food down before the first bite and raced out the door.
The Douglas police chief and state police Sgt. Had k9 cops huddled around them devising a plan to devour the whole area till we found these kids.
After the kids were located everyone had huge smiles on their faces and a sense of relief could be felt. As I pulled away from the scene watching everyone put their gear away, loading the boats on the trailers, putting the k9’s in their cars, I couldnt help but think one thing. How good it feels to be an American, knowing that so many people can come together to help someone else in need, and to do it no matter what the cost or sacrifice.
Next time you hear someone complain about all of these resources and how they can be a waste, think of the 2 little girls we found today and how you would feel if they were yours. I know how I would feel…….thankful.