by Ian D Scofield
The police are corrupt. The police abuse their power. The police beat people up. These, and sentences like them, have become all too familiar in the last few years. Every time you hear a sentence like this you can’t help but grimace. That grimace is an outward image of what we feel inside and the more that you hear, the less appreciated you feel.
If we are being honest, there are those in law enforcement, those very few, that give everyone else a bad name. People like this exist in every industry. Just because of a few bad apples doesn’t mean that every, or even the majority, of police officers are bad.
Plenty of people around the country still recognize the work that law enforcement does. To prove this point I have gathered a few stories and videos from around the country to prove that law enforcement still is appreciated.
From saving the lives of officers to just showing appreciation here are some citizens showing that they still appreciate the hard work you do.
In this YouTube video from ABC 10 news, you hear the recounting of an MTS bus driver watching an officer get beat up. She then runs to the officer's body and uses his radio to call for help. While this officer should never have gotten hurt, the MTS driver recognizes that he has a family to get home to.
A police officer in Texas was struggling by himself to control a subject when a couple pulls up to the sidewalk near them. Instead of just watching and filming, the man steps in to offer his assistance. While hesitant, the man also recognizes that the officer is trying to carry out his job and wants that officer to go home at the end of the day.
In one of two viral appreciation stories this month, a kid approached police officers eating their dinner in a restaurant. At first, these 8 officers were probably curious, maybe even hesitant, to hear what this young girl had to say. The words out of her mouth made each one of them bow their heads. The little girl asked to pray for all of them to stay safe and go home at night.
Usually, when people come sprinting towards a patrol car, something is wrong. They need help or they have a piece of their mind to share. In this case, a young girl sprinted towards a San Antonio officer's car. When she got there, she talked about how much she wanted to be a police officer. The curiousity, energy, and sweetness this girl displayed, made the officer's night.
A young boy, Tyler Carach, has a goal of showing every officer around the country that they are appreciated. That's right, around the country. Tyler has made it up and down the east coast delivering donuts to police officers. He comes running in with a cape and boxes of donuts. His parents believe that supporting this is not just good for Tyler but for every young kid around the country. Check out this Inside Edition video for a smile.
This video is several months old now but it is a great example of people jumping into to help. Witnesses watched a police officer stopped to question someone and got punched multiple times to the point he became woozy. The witnesses wouldn't stand for the police officer getting hurt and stepped in to assist. Multiple bystanders stepped in to help. Here is a video from FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay.
Law enforcement officers and agents have a difficult job. Appreciation isn’t something that is required to perform the job, but it makes the job a lot easier. Hopefully, this article makes your job a little bit easier, at least for today. Stay safe in the field.
About the author:
Ian graduated Seattle University with a Bachelor's in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice. He has held positions as an Auxiliary Public Safety Officer, a Security Patrol Supervisor, and as an in-house security officer for a major medical center. Through all of this he has picked up a wealth of experience, training, and education that he is happy to pass on to others. Ian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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