“A Policeman is many things. He’s a son, a father, an uncle, and sometimes even a grandfather. He is a protector in time of need and a comforter in time of sorrow. His job calls for him to be a diplomat, a psychologist, a lawyer, a friend and an inspiration. He suffers from an overdose of publicity about brutality and dishonesty. He suffers far more from the notoriety produced by unfounded charges. Too often acts of heroism go unnoticed and the truth is buried under all the criticism. The fact is that less than one-half of one percent of our policemen ever discredit their uniform. That’s a better average than you’ll find among clergymen.
“A policeman is an ordinary guy who is called upon for extraordinary bravery – for us! His job may sometimes seem routine, but the interruptions can be moments of stark terror. He’s the man who faces a half-crazed gunman, who rescues a lost child, who challenges a mob and who risks his neck more often than we realize. He deserves our respect and our profound thanks.
“A policeman stands between the law-abider and the law-breaker. He is the prime reason your home hasn’t been burned, your family abused, your business looted. Try to imagine what might happen if there were no Policemen around. And then try to think of ways to make their job rewarding. Show them the respect your really have, offer them a smile and a kind word, see that they don’t have to be magicians to raise their families on less than adequate salaries.”
Source: In my office I have three file cabinets with four drawers in each. They are stuffed with old sermon notes, research papers, class notes, clippings and articles from magazine and materials of various sorts. I found the above article in my file labeled “Policemen.” It is an old newspaper clipping without author, date or other means of identification. I have shared it with you because it is much needed today. If you know of the source, I will be pleased to identify the publication. Please pray for our policemen and their families. We do need them and they need our encouragements.
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P.S. Oral Deckard found this piece on the editorial page of the Wilmington, NC -Star August 29,1972. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1454&dat=19720828&id=F8QsAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wgkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4094,6438199&hl=en
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