Thank­ing law en­force­ment on Na­tional Po­lice Week

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

EDITOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

This week is Na­tional Po­lice Week, in honor of our law en­force­ment of­fi­cers who sac­ri­fice so much to keep us safe.

Daily they put their lives on the line. Ev­ery time they go to work they won­der if they will still be alive to go home af­ter their shift. Ev­ery time they re­spond to a call they have no idea what they will en­counter. It could be a sit­u­a­tion where they have to make split-sec­ond, lifeor-death de­ci­sions.

And when a sit­u­a­tion oc­curs any­where in the coun­try that in­volves a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer whose con­duct is be­ing ques­tioned, all of­fi­cers are lumped to­gether in a di­a­tribe against the en­tire law en­force­ment field. More of­ten than not, the of­fi­cers are found to be in­no­cent of any wrong­do­ing. But the stigma still lingers and the stain re­mains.

As the chair for the Mid-Penin­sula Sup­port Your Lo­cal Po­lice Com­mit­tee: We ap­pre­ci­ate all of­fi­cers for all they do, not just dur­ing this week, but ev­ery day of the year. We pray for their safety. SUE LONG. NORTH.

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