Posted by: Jill Potts Jones | June 15, 2009

Law Enforcement Officers should be appreciated not criticized

I have read and heard enough criticism of the Valley Police Department and its officers.  It’s easy to see the side of those who are criticizing when you are only hearing that side of the situation.  I cannot let these officers go undefended. 

Many of us pass a law enforcement officer every day without a second thought, but these men and women put their lives on the line daily to serve and protect us.  They work seven days a week/365 days a year.  They work rotating shifts, put in long hours and spend a lot of time away from their family, so our families can be safe in our homes, schools and workplaces.  They deal with difficult people and seemingly impossible situations.  They have to make split second decisions that they can never second guess and endure stress that most of us are blessed enough to avoid.  They control their temper while dealing with public anger, criticism and name-calling. They are not perfect, but they have a heart for the community and people they serve.  I hope when you see them you will remember they are here for your protection.  Please let them know how much you appreciate them and what they do.  I feel safer knowing they are around.  To all of you who serve in the local police departments, sheriff’s offices and fire departments I salute you and appreciate you.

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