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Officer Down

Thursday, October 3, 2013

I am a police officer

By: Jeremy Martinez
Featured at Law Enforcement Today

I am a police officer

I went to college, got a degree
I applied at local, state, and federal agencies
I endured testing, drug, psych, polygraph, and comprehension
I went through backgrounds, family / friends, co-workers, neighbors – interviewed
I trained, before, during, after, the academy -
I sacrificed time, sleep, and hobby -

I am a police officer

I learned, lasted, endured, changed -
I worked midnights, patrolled the streets while you slept
I stopped the guy that was lurking outside your walls
I came fast when you called for help
I stopped that man who was looking to do you harm

I am a police officer

I’ve broken ties of family, friends who choose a different path
I’ve been looked down upon, up to, and cast aside
I’ve answered questions, given advice, and even cried

I am a police officer

I’ve seen the things they won’t even put in the news
I’ve held your babies after a crash
I’ve comforted you, calmed you, and told you to wait
I’ve seen you at your worst, your best, and in between

I am a police officer

I’ve asked you questions that touched your soul
I’ve started the process to help make you whole
I’ve talked to your sons, your daughters about unthinkable things
I’ve gone after the one who invades your dreams
I’ve held your hand when no one else would
I’ve seen and done more than anyone should

I am a police officer

I know about things that would keep you up at night
I go to sleep and rise again for the fight
I risk my body, my mind, and my soul
I take the lumps that at times only I know

I am a police officer

I am criticized for being too cold
I am told not to be warm or let emotions get hold
I am demonized in the news
I am blamed for financial woes
I am taken for granted by you
I have friends who have taken a life
I’ve known friends who have given theirs for you

I am a police officer

I strap on a gun, a bullet proof vest, Taser, pepper spray, baton
I load a shot gun, slug gun, and rifle
I look for trouble before it finds you
I step between you and those who would do you harm
I give you orders, advice, and strength
I come when you call, nothing to big, or to small
I am professional, in word and in deed
I am aggressive to those who do wrong
I am comforting to those in need
I am all things to you

I am a police officer

I am injured
I am stressed
I am fulfilled
I am trying to do the right thing
I am here, I am there, I am where you don’t want to be

I am a police officer

I have been bitten, and pushed
I have been struck by fist, feet, bottles, bats, and cars
I have been spit upon, thrown up on, and more
I continue to come back for more

I am a police officer

I am brave, I am strong
I am soft, I am caring
I look to help, to change what I can
I am human too, look me in the eye
I live, love, work, play, and die
I have kids in school, go to church, and pray
I am involved with the community in which I play

I am a police officer

Next time you drive down the street
Don’t look in your mirror in fear
Think of me, pray for me and give me your ear

I am a police officer, I am here

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