Allow me to say that more clearly:



Ever wake up just not quite feeling it that day? You just want to roll over and go back to sleep because you are unable or unwilling to face the day before you.

There are people who are able to do exactly as they wish.

Many people have jobs that whether someone is there or not the wheel continues to turn. There are a few professions when this is just not true.

The profession I am referring to is policing.


When shifts are short, IF the agency admin operates in a responsible manner, they will replace the officer who is missing with another. Unfortunately, there are those administrators who are of a lesser caliber. They are very likely to leave their crews in the field undermanned – even though it isn’t safe.

This is very odd to me. If a surgeon is sick and can’t come to work, who performs emergency surgeries in their stead?  It seems that, in a hospital, there is always someone available.

Is a police officer’s job any less important than that of an E.R. surgeon?



One thing is for certain: the cops certainly get paid a considerable amount less than an emergency room surgeon. That is a fact. Calls must be answered, therefore someone must be available to do it.

It is the rare police supervisor who will leave the office to answer calls for service. Rarer still are agencies that have chiefs or sheriffs who are willing to miss their budget mark in order to fill shifts – just because they are short.

When there is a shortage of officers being fielded for a shift, calls stack up. Citizens become angry with the cops because they must wait long periods of time for a responding officer.  The cops are running ‘call-to-call’ which little (or no) time for lunch or a pee-break. Ouch!

For each absent officer, there is an exponential increase in danger for those cops who remain on the street. Think of it: some hard-working, well-intentioned cop may go to the morgue instead of going home to his family at the end of his shift. All in the name of saving a buck.

This begs the question: why do supervisors leave officers and deputies swinging in the wind, putting their lives needlessly at risk?



There is no justification. The perpetrators of this senseless risk-taking are shitty managers who are more concerned about the politics of their positions; more so than the lives of their troops.

It is likely that at the end of the year when they come in under budget, at the expense of the people who work for them, a few more dollars are added to their salary which is likely more than they are worth.

I wish that I thought in some way that those in leadership who read this would take it upon themselves to remember why the hell they are in their position.

I want to believe that the leaders in the halls of power who are reading this would remember why they are in this position to begin with. Our leaders – the chiefs and sheriffs – and in their lofty positions to protect and provide for those who report to them.

It is the job of the street cops to protect and serve the public of their community. It is the job of our leaders to make certain we have everything needed to do our jobs and make it home safely, at the end of every shift.

Sadly, too many officers and deputies feel as if their leaders don’t support them. No one has their backs.

We all know that talk is cheap. Results are all that matter in our world.

Remember: Actions speak louder than words. Most of today’s cops would confess that, in reference to their administration they, “… don’t hear a damn thing!”


“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “

We couldn’t agree more.



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