WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH US?
Cops are talking how we should tiptoe around the fact that we’re cops. These folks make it seem that our chosen career of law enforcement should be kept quiet – like a teenager sneaking in the house long after his curfew.
I read a recent article where a cop was whining. He doesn’t like to go to parties with his wife because the host always introduces him to other guests as, “This is Joe. He’s a cop.”
Joe went on to say that other guests didn’t have their profession included in their introduction. Nobody says, “I want you to meet Tom. He’s a tax lawyer.” Only cops endure such a burden.
BURDEN??! It’s now a burden to be a cop?
Let’s think about that for a moment. We all endured the academy. It was one of the toughest things we’ve ever done. Came the day you put on your uniform and pinned the badge on your chest you were happy and proud. Happy to have made it. Relieved to be finished.
And there was pride. Pride in accomplishing something few ever have or will. You thought, “Look at me. Envy me because I have something you don’t: I have the pride of the badge; the pride of our Brotherhood; the pride of being one of a few good men.”
ARROGANCE? NO! Pride? Yes!
It’s the humble and quiet pride of knowing you made it. Take pride that you have the strength and training to overcome any adversary. You have the ability to defend the weak people around you.
If you are that cop, stand tall and be proud but, be careful. Don’t allow arrogance to flavor your style.
SEIZE THE MOMENT. BE POSITIVE. BE BRIGHT.
Stand tall. Be proud. YOU are a cop. Love your people, but always be ready to defend what’s right. My words are simple, “I’ve got an iron fist in a velvet glove.”
We need to learn from the Marines. At the time of the Vietnam war, the Marines were in a pile of trouble. The rate of men re-enlisting fell to a trickle. Nobody wanted to stay around. The Marines’ recruiting fell off a cliff, too.
Us older guys remember.
For the first time, the Marines had to use the draft in order to get enough men to fill their ranks. It got so bad that some were suggesting the Marines be merged into the Navy and eliminated. Young men were not attracted to them. So, let’s bring the Marines to an end, the naysayers screamed.
Sound familiar? It should. It is exactly where law enforcement is today.
THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO COWER
Nope. Not here and not now. Now is the time to stand tall. Be proud. We are a team of awesome individuals. We are very talented. We are capable of great things. We are doing God’s work.
Our best days are not behind us. No! Our best is yet to come. We have a solid core. Hundreds of thousands of men and women are here because it’s a calling of their heart. We will not be shamed into submission.
For those who have called for an end to any of our efforts (like ICE), they will be eating their words. We will prove them wrong. We will show young people through our words and through our actions that we are not to be scorned but rather, we are to be honored. We are America’s cops: strong, proud and brave.
We will defend what’s right. We will crush what’s evil. We can do anything.
We are a Proud Brotherhood and we are looking for, a few good Men.
Come and be part of us, America’s Cops.
Remember: At the bottom line, it’s all about saving just ONE life.
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