April 2016 scroll article

Our law enforcement officers as a whole are too readily maligned in the media these days. This has resulted in vicious, unwarranted violence against the police in many cities whose only ‘crime’ is wearing a blue uniform! Recently, Charlene and I had the privilege to attend a police academy graduation ceremony for a young man whose primary goal is to give back and contribute to the community. He is an exceptional individual who is willing to take on this high demand profession. He joins many men and women of great character and commitment who are statistically in the majority of police officers. The graduation ceremony ended with a powerful presentation of the following essay which was written in 1970 by Paul Harvey, commentator and radio broadcaster. Paul lost his police officer father in the line of duty when Paul was only three years old.

“A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.
Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "new". What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.
Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergy!
What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz" to his back.
He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.
But...If the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's flirting; if not, he's a grouch.
He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.
But...If he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.
The police officer 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, he's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully.
A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.
A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.
But...If he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.
He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache to build a case against some felon who will get ultimately ‘dealed out’.
The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.
And, of course, he'd have to be genius....For he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary.”

Please join us in showing the men and women who serve and protect our community that we appreciate their sacrifice and dedication!

Neal David,
President