For once, the newspaper finally did our “boys in blue” a service:
It was very refreshing to finally see a positive article in regards to local law enforcement in my area. Of course this was long overdue. Unfortunately the local paper has been too busy criticizing the police for shootings, excessive traffic tickets and various other forms of doing their job. What they don’t seem to report on is all of the officers that are involved in DARE programs, and activity leagues. No news there. They also don’t seem to pay attention to the officer that offered his large sandwich that he just purchased to a homeless woman that was denied entry at the over-crowded homeless shelter. Nope, nothing to report.
The Police Department in my town has taken quite the beating from the local rag and the general public for some time now. Granted, there have been a few bad apples from within the department. But as quickly as they discover wrong-doing on the part of an officer, they are just as quick to make things right. The departments around here will stand up to the screaming liberal, local media who choses to side with the mom of the 18 year old gang-banger who thought that pointing a gun at the cops was a good idea. But at the same time, they will eat their own when an officer abuses the badge.
Unfortunately, cops help out the public by “being the bad guys”. What I mean by that, is they are the ones who pull you over for speeding, arrest you for a DUI, or shoot you when you try to rob a bank. An unfortunate side-effect from this is a negative public perception.
What people don’t see is the positive effects that their work has on society. They don’t realize that traffic officers are the reason people pay attention to speed-limit signs and think twice before driving like an asshole through your child’s school zone. Most people that “tie one on” at the local bar aren’t worried that they might kill someone by driving home. They are worried about getting pulled over and losing their license. What’s the first thing a bank robber does before he enters the building? Check for cops.
When things are good and crime is low, nobody thinks to appreciate the hard work that law enforcement does. But they damn sure notice when things are bad. What’s the first thing someone says when a spree of car jackings or robbers happens?
Where are the cops?