Police Officers Fill Complex, Crucial Roles

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), February 7, 1999 | Go to article overview

Police Officers Fill Complex, Crucial Roles


Byline: Fred Norris

One of the sad things about life today is that we still have crimes and vandalism to deal with against people and property. We think we are one of the most prosperous, civilized and sophisticated nations on earth, but there are still too many who steal, cheat, lie, deal drugs and take human life. Do we respect one another, or is it just human nature to break laws, bully, antagonize or take advantage of others?

This is a heavy introduction, but maybe I can use this column to talk about those who stand in the forefront to protest "the quality of life" we cherish. Together we should offer a "WELL DONE" to the men and women in police and sheriff's uniforms who with special dedication serve our communities.

Police officers are citizens, selected through an extensive screening process to act on behalf of their fellow citizens. A police officer's college level training is both auspicious and rigorous.

Current law enforcement means more than putting on a uniform, strapping on a pistol and pinning on a badge. It is years of advanced education learning about the Constitution, about all our laws, about human behavior, illegal drugs and weaponry. That's just for entry levels; then it's continual training, keeping up-to-date with changes, techniques and equipment. There is nothing certain in police work today, except that someone will be there to second-guess the decision made, or to make certain all actions comply with the law, or the rules and regulations of the department.

We should always remind ourselves they are upholding the laws that were passed by "we the people." A police department exists really only to serve the best interest of the community. They are there to preserve our safe environment and protect people and property. Some of us don't make their job easy or pleasant when we are caught breaking the law.

Yet, it is their duty to act wisely, justly, bravely and as temperately as possible. Their demeanor must always be an example of patience, tact and respect.

We enjoy quiet neighborhoods and safe streets, for the most part because of their alert presence and ever-present patrols. The effectiveness of the police officers in each community is in direct relation to how must assistance they receive from the public. …

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