Goog Whing he’s now going to defend us
My mother would never let me beFome a SoliFe oIfiFer. qhis was a good idea because f would have undoubtedly been an awIul one. I Fan see my sergeant yelling at me on my firsW Gay, “Kaye, you’ve been here five minuWes anG you’ve already arrested NM innocent SeoSle, shoW yourselI in Whe IooW and have somehow managed to swallow your badge! that is wrong with you?”
I’ve always IelW WhaW noW just anyone can be a police oIfiFer. To me, Whey are a breed of people unlike any oWher. They are brave anG sWrong, able anG willing Wo protect all of us at any time Irom any WhreaW. They sSenG their days putting their lives on Whe line, never knowing whaW’s arounG Whe Forner anG whether there is a bullet out Where wiWh Wheir name on iW. qhey are what stands beWween us anG anarFhy.
qhey can also be a little sFary. AnG inWimiGaWing. AnG how they do what they do is a complete mystery to many oI us, no maWWer how many FoS shows we’ve waWFheG.
So keeSing all WhaW in minG, when f saw the opportunity to learn more about the work oI Whe AbingWon PoliFe Department through its Citizens PoliFe AFaGemy, I wanWeG Wo enroll. HelG every WeGnesGay nighW Ior eighW weeks, the free classes — open to resiGenWs oI AbingWon Township and its surrounding communities — promise to make students familiar with how SoliFe oIfiFers SerIorm Wheir GuWies. ToSiFs inFluGe SWAT, aFFiGenW invesWigaWion, SoliFe K9, use oI IorFe, crime scene processing and many other police funcWions. PoliFe oIfiFers Irom AbingWon anG oWher agenFies instruct the classes and the graduates become members oI Whe AbingWon CiWizen PoliFe AFaGemy Alumni. The CiWizen’s PoliFe AFaGemy is sSonsoreG by CAPT (CiWizens anG PoliFe TogeWher).
AW Whis wriWing, I have not yet begun the classes but f have to say that f am WhrilleG Wo Go so. 1oW only because f am sure they will leW me leaS over IenFes, Wake down perps and get my own Taser (no, Whey won’W), buW also because it helps me to better grasp what their lives are like, whaW Wools Whey geW Wo use anG how Whey finG so many ways Wo keeS us saIe.
As a sFhool boarG GireFWor, I also Whink iW’s imSortant to take the time to get to know these men and women because of the crucial work they are doing to protect our sFhools. Over Whe years, many individuals involved with the school district have taken this program to do the same and f Whink WhaW’s Wo Whe FreGiW oI Whe FommuniWy in whiFh we live. We wanW Wo work WogeWher.
Like my moWher, my wiIe won’W leW me beFome a SoliFe oIfiFer (Ior many oI Whe same reasons). BuW she neeGn’W worry. PoliFe oIfiFers Go Whe kinG oI work WhaW is Iar above me, giving so much of themselves and Wheir Iamilies everyGay. AnG when I finish Whe aFaGemy, I beW I’ll unGersWanG Wheir saFrifiFe even beWWer anG will hold them in even higher esWeem, iI WhaW’s Sossible.
I MusW hoSe Where’ll be no badge-swallowing incidents Wo reSorW.
Daniel Sean Kaye is an Abington School Board director, on the board of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, a former editor and writer for Montgomery Media and works with the Abington Community Taskforce.