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  • What Are Policemen Made Of?

    I just read this for the first time, saw it posted at another Officer's desk and thought I would share it. It probably has been posted here before.

    What Are Policemen Made Of?
    By Paul Harvey

    Don't credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents-at least 420,000 of them: Policemen. A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity. Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "new". What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace. Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergy! What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz" to his back. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won. But if the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's flirting; if not, he's a grouch. He must make an instant decision, which would require months for a lawyer to make. But if he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be 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's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully. A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake. A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But if he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember. The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. And, of course, he'd have to be genius, for he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary.

  • #2
    I always liked Paul Harvey. He sounds like a decent, family type person. Has a way of expressing himself without yelling, insulting someone or using a lot of 4-letter words. We need more like him. His article expresses his opinion much better than I ever could although I agree with him.

    [ 11-17-2002, 05:27 PM: Message edited by: Snoopy1 ]

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    • #3
      Paul's son was an Air Force Cop( LIKE MYSELF IN MY YOUNGER DAYS) and he died on the job-froze to death protecting "AMERICA" while on foot patrol around a nuclear bomber!
      What does a cop have-may I add-
      Inspired by the questions asked by the author's young daughter prior to going out on a K-9 search. Tony Laforet-Philadelphia Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit.

      Questions?

      Why do you put that thing over your heart
      Before each tour of duty, you do start?

      Why do you work so much
      And miss my parties and such?

      When I go to bed at night, most of the time you away

      I hope you will be home soon, and this time you must
      stay!

      Why are the bad guys the ones that you chase
      Is it to make our world a much safer place?

      What is the title of your job, is it Agent, Sheriff
      or Cop?
      If it is any of these law enforcement people, please
      don't stop!
      Big-T Coming Thru A friend will bail you out when you get locked-up. A buddy will be sittin' next to ya in the cell saying "man we really F'd up"!!

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      • #4
        That was good to go…Thanks for sharing Mr. Harvey’s piece. It is amazing how insightful Mr. Harvey was in writing this, looking from the outside in to our profession.
        I’m going to post this on our bulletin board…
        Basher One
        Semper Fi/Stay Safe

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        • #5
          quote:
          and he died on the job-froze to death protecting "AMERICA" while on foot patrol around a nuclear bomber!
          Why didn't he get someone to relieve him so he could warm up?

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