This week we celebrate the lives and sacrifices of our police officers and their families. This will be the first year in a long time that I’m not going to be able to attend my local dedication service although there have already been several in my area and more are scheduled later this week.
It’s unfortunate that police officers often get such a bad reputation. Like any profession there are good ones and bad ones but the public exposure makes each bad one seem much more significant. But they do so much more good, and most of those good deeds go unnoticed—or unappreciated.
Nobody goes into police work for the money–many small town officers make the same or less than they would if they worked the front desk at a major hotel chain and that’s after paying thousands of dollars for training and equipment. They do it to serve their communities and to make a difference. It’s a calling. And while they may get jaded after awhile from seeing the worst in humanity day after day, they persevere—and they go on saving lives day after day.
It’s a thankless profession but one that deserves much more recognition and honor than one week out of each year. Spread the word and thank an officer. Happy Police Week!