Normally I keep a very low profile. I mind my own business and rarely tell people what I do for a living.
With the national wave of anti-police rhetoric, the almost weekly shootings of police officers that are out doing their jobs responding to calls that are made by you, the public to HELP in whatever way we can. I felt compelled to write something.
When did it become cool and popular to join a cause and pass judgment without knowing all the facts of an incident because the media will only tell and show so much. Where cell phone video gets edited, only showing the end but not the moments before leading up to a police confrontation.
How many people have taken the time to follow a headline police incident after the media drops it?
When the blue line was originally painted, I couldn’t believe it. I was so proud of my town…they didn’t forget, they understood what we are feeling and going through. I was inspired again, thanks to my town officials and fellow residents. Quietly I was cheering on the inside. It felt good and I thank you for that.
But now my town is the center of a national news story, Why? I like it quiet and I’m guessing so do many of you. I thank the many residents that are standing by the blue line.
Yes, there are many professions that do a great job in assisting the public (Fire, EMS, teachers, DPW.). And I thank all of them for giving me a very nice and safe community.
I am not looking for a parade or the key to the city, nor a plaque or my picture in the paper, just a simple hello a little nod or a wave. That’s it. Nothing more.
For those that see the blue line and are offended, you have no idea what law enforcement does. You choose to see law enforcement through a filter of “What’s popular on Facebook and YouTube” and swallowing up unfair and biased media coverage to backing a group that will at any and all costs blame anything and everyone else except look internally at themselves.
Every barrel has a few bad apples, I will be the first to agree with that. But they do not represent the many of us that want to do a professional job under the most adverse conditions.
Most people fail to realize that when the police arrive at a location it’s not at random. There is always a 911 call that puts the officer there to handle a situation.
And if the public will just listen to the directions of the officer – “freeze don’t move,” “show me your hands,” “drop the weapon,” “turn around and put your hands behind your back,” and “keep your hands on the steering wheel” -situations would be deescalated quickly.
We as professional police officers have a duty to behave correctly and to provide proper service to our all members our community. But, you as the public, also bare responsibility in being accountable for your actions that lead to your interaction with the police.
What’s next? No green line for St. Pat’s, remove the Christmas lights, cancel the Halloween parade, forget homecoming….when does it end.
It’s funny in a weird way, the people who normally bash the police and Monday morning quarterback, normally call when then need help. And yes we will come. And if you really and truly want to help, take a police test. Put on the blue uniform (our bull’s-eye) work the inner city and ghettos, become a foster parent for an under privileged child, go volunteer in a soup kitchen or drug rehab. Don’t be a part time banner waver when its popular and cool to bash the police.
I could be nasty or cynical to those that oppose the line by simply saying, “don’t call us when your house gets broken into, when you hit a deer, have a medical emergency at 3 a.m. or somebody gives you a bad check, or they are selling drugs on your street….don’t call us.” Call that group and see what they tell you.
But that’s okay, you can call and we will come. Always. To some it’s just a line……
20 YEARS, LAW ENFORCEMENT SERVICE, NYPD/ESU