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Our Police Our Selves -2

Good morning, everyone...

I am going to open this version of “Our Police Our Selves” by citing a excerpt from a book:

On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
(From the book, On Combat, by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)

"Honor never grows old, and honor rejoices the heart of age. It does so because honor is, finally, about defending those noble and worthy things that deserve defending, even if it comes at a high cost. In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always, even death itself.
The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for?"

- William J. Bennett
In a lecture to the United States Naval Academy
November 24, 1997

As opposed to my initial entry into “Our Police Our Selves” where I asked a question or two out of my own mind, in this instance I am simply going to borrow heavily from Bennett's questions above, as they open the doorway ever-so-slightly for the topic of social disapproval of police officers in modern society.

Have any officers reading this ever been met with scorn, derision or social disapproval in Spokane simply because they are are police?

While I already think I know the answer, and I do not believe for a moment our discussion will change anyone's minds, I do believe that some good can come about by stating how it feels to be simultaneously a social pariah and person(s) of honor and defenders of the lambs of society.

Of course, the rules that were originated for the message thread “Our Police Our Selves” still apply to everyone in this exchange, as well. As always, thank you for all that you do...


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