Sunday, July 17, 2016

What We Can Do for Them.

Greta Van Susteren's "Off The Record" this evening (7/17/16) was spot on. She asked the question (I paraphrase): For these men and women of law enforcement who go out every day to protect us, what are WE doing to protect them? 

Well I'll tell ya what we should be doing - First and foremost, we should be keeping these men and women of law enforcement, in fact all of our emergency responders, in our thoughts and prayers daily.  But here are some specific and tangible things we can do to support them:

1) You fellow sheepdogs out there - keep an eye on them, watch their backs, and if they get into trouble be willing to step in and help.  But be darn sure you know what you're doing and be SAFE! Don't compound an already bad situation.

2)  Keep your first aid and medical skills up to speed. Carry first aid kits and tourniquets with you as part of your every day carry. Again - be darn sure you know what you're doing and be SAFE! Don't compound an already bad situation.

3) Everyone else: Keep your phones handy and be ready to report suspicious activities. If you see a cop getting into trouble, call 911 right away and look for people who can help.  You don't know how long it might take an officer to call in for help.  Your call to 911 might just mean all the difference to the life or safety of that officer. Even if you can't offer armed or physical response, you too can keep your first aid skills up to speed and be willing to render aid when it's SAFE for you to do so. 

4) If you see something or witness an incident, be a good witness and be willing to step up and provide as much information to help an investigation as possible. don't fabricate. Be accurate. Use your phone and cameras for something else besides looking for Pokemons.

5) When you see a story on the news or hear a pundit give an opinion, be willing to give the cops the benefit of the doubt.  They deserve the same presumption of innocence until proven guilty that we all expect in all matters.  This includes police involved shootings, altercations, citizen complaints, etc.  Wait until you have the facts before you broadcast misleading information on social media.

6) Write letters to the editor and let these folks know publicly that they and their chosen profession are appreciated and respected.  Likewise, use social media to Tweet or give a public status update to show your support.

7)  Write a note or email to your local police department or Sheriff's Office.  Let them know that they are appreciated and respected, and that we have their backs.

8)  Attend a "Citizen's Academy" through your local police department or Sheriff's Office to find out exactly what our law enforcement people do for us every day.

9)  Elect politicians at the local, state, and federal level who support the US Constitution, support the rule of law, and support providing law enforcement with the tools they need to get the job done.




Law enforcement and community protection are no longer matters where we let "someone else" do it, and take no responsibility as citizens. It's a different environment altogether now. We rely on the men and women of law enforcement, but they rely on us to be good citizens.  Unfortunately, most of their interaction isn't with the good citizens of our communities.  It is with the criminal element.  A criminal element that has no regard for human life, laws, or any of the other things that we hold valuable as decent human beings.

Stand up.  Support our men and women of law enforcement.  We can indeed do a few simple things to help.

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