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    ***I'm sure that many of us have felt this way. Welcome to the world of public service.***

    The Lousy Cop

    Well, Mr. Citizen, it seems you've figured me out. I seem to fit neatly into the category where you've placed me.
    I'm stereotyped, standardized, characterized, classified, grouped, and always typical. Unfortunately, the reverse is true..I can never figure you out.

    From birth you teach your children that I'm the bogeyman, then you're shocked when they identify with my traditional enemy..the criminal!

    You accuse me of coddling criminals......until I catch your kids doing wrong.

    You may take an hour for lunch and several coffee breaks each day, but point me out as a loafer for having one cup.

    You pride yourself on your manners, but think nothing of disrupting my meals with your troubles.

    You raise hell with the guy who cuts you off in traffic, but let me catch you doing the same thing and I'm picking on you. You know all the traffic laws...but you've never gotten a single ticket you deserve.

    You shout "foul" if you observe me driving fast to a call, but raise the roof if I take more than ten seconds to respond to your complaint.

    You call it part of my job if someone strikes me, but call it police brutality if I strike back.

    You wouldn't think of telling your dentist how to pull a tooth or your doctor how to take out an appendix, yet your always willing to give me pointers on the law.

    You talk to me in a manner that would get you a bloody nose from anyone else, but expect me to take it without batting an eye.

    You yell something's got to be done to fight crime, but you can't be bothered to get involved.

    You have no use for me at all, but of course it's OK if I change a flat for your wife, deliver your child in the back of the patrol car, or perhaps save your son's life with mouth to mouth breathing, or work many hours overtime looking for your lost daughter.

    So, Mr. Citizen, you can stand there on your soapbox and rant and rave about the way I do my work, calling me every name in the book, but never stop to think that your property, family, or maybe even your life depends on me or one of my buddies.

    Yes, Mr. Citizen, it's me...the lousy cop!
    "The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."

  • #2
    This may be true of so many citizens, but I have always held the highest respect for the law, and have instilled that in my children also.

    If I've done wrong, I'll be the first to admit and suffer the consequenses.

    Try to remember that there are honest people out there that truly do care and respect people for who they are and all they do.

    It may be a different situation, but I think about my father and uncles who have served this great country. It makes me think about my brother, who is enlisted now and took an oath, just as you have. I think about my oldest brother, who is a FF, who puts his life on the line every time he tries to save someone else's property, someone else's life.

    Y'all sacrifice everyday and I know you don't get the respect and credit you deserve. It's so sad. You're underpaid and overworked and so many people except more but don't want to give in return.

    So just when you think nobody really gives a sh*t, try to remember there are people that try to make a difference and really do care.

    [ 08-21-2001: Message edited by: kateykakes ]


    • #3
      Well said, Kateykakes
      My respect, admiration and gratitude to all those who Protect and Serve. - Citizen


      • #4
        You have many supporters amongst us civilians out there. If there is a way we can let you know, please tell us. We write letters to the papers when they bad mouth you, we fight against (and vote against) prosecutors who throw you to the wolves when you hurt a suspect while defending your life. We say "Yes, sir" when you question us and "Thank you, officer" when you hand us a ticket we deserve. We donate to police survivor funds and vote for pay increases. Above all we pray for your protection. We don't really expect you to recognize us, but we are there. The next time some jerk bad-mouths you, remember that we are not all like that. Thanks, from the rest of us!


        • #5
          We write letters to the papers when they bad mouth you,

          Too bad a lot of them are not printed... sigh.
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