A policeman is a composition of what all men are, a mingling of saint and sinner,dust and deity. Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform.
He,of all men, is at once the most wanted and the most unwanted. He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.
But, if a policeman is pleasent, he's a flirt;if he's not, he's a grouch. He must be able to start someone breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints, and above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp-or expect to be sued. He 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, and he doesn't react, he's a coward; if he hits you, he's a bully. He must know where all the sin is and not partake. The policeman must chase bum leads to a dead end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refuse to remember.
The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy, and a gentlemen. And of course, he'll have to be a genius--for he'll have to feed and cloth a family on a policeman's salary.
And, God help him if he is five minute late for his shift's briefing....
---Anonymous------

my thanks to all!

[ 09-25-2002, 09:55 PM: Message edited by: Mortal Knight ]