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I miss my badge.  You see, I never wanted to be a cop.  The joke was on me though because I did an internship and realized I loved it.  A series of events led me to a city I never even wanted to visit and plopped me behind the badge of a department that has had its fair share of blemishes.  More than that, it was chock full of men and women working miracles with little support and few supplies. As my mom pinned my new badge on my chest, it shined with the pride of thousands who’d gone before

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Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends -Jesus of Nazareth By the time you read these words, it is likely that another law enforcement officer left for his shift and did not return home.  This isn’t happening in some far away place that you’ve only read about in books or seen in a documentary; it’s not just happening inside your television or on your social media newsfeeds; it’s happening to real men and women of valor in our own back yards and roads; It’s happening right here, right now. Still, as

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“Those who fight monsters inevitably change. Because of all that they see and do, they lose their innocence, and a piece of their humanity with it. If they want to survive, they begin to adopt some of the same characteristics as the monsters they fight. It is necessary. They become capable of rage, and extreme violence. There is a fundamental difference, however. They keep those monster tendencies locked away in a cage, deep inside. That monster is only allowed out to protect others, to accomplish the mission, to get the job done…..Not for the perverse pleasure that the monsters feel

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“What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want it? Now!” -heard at a “peaceful” protest in NYC 12-13-14 “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon” -heard at a “peaceful” protest by the #BlackLivesMatter group in St. Paul Minnesota 8-29-15 I’ve got some pretty thick skin; most cops do.  Doing this job long enough will make you relatively immune to name calling, assaults on officers and just general jackwagonery.  Still, when the lives of my brother’s and sisters are being threatened by mis-informed, mis-guided and hate filled groups, I feel the need to speak up and do my

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With the recent focus on the rising, media-induced tensions between certain radical elements of the population and police, a time-worn cliché has once again reared it’s illogical, ugly head. The old canard goes something like this: “Being a cop is safe. More people are killed in crab fishing than in law enforcement.” I have yet to see this silly line of “logic” applied to other jobs in which the employee bears arms in the course of their duties. You don’t hear people say “being a Marine in a combat zone is safer than crossing the street, because more people die

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