Cops have gotten a bad rap lately. What with Ferguson and other, not so truthfully, but well publicized interactions with citizens that turned out badly.
One of the big groans we all hear all the time is…”The police need to improve their interactions with the community, blah, blah…”
Never mind the proliferation of all the gun violence, drug addiction, broken homes and broken families. Never mind the lack of mental health assistance, unemployment, morality or a sense of community. Improved community relations will fix all that. Sure it will.
Cops interact with citizens on a daily basis. It could be a shots fired call or a dispute between husband/wife, neighbors, baby mama/baby daddy. Cops make a difference because these people have absolutely, positively no place else to turn.
Cops also do things that are small and less discernible but none the less important. Calm a troubled neighborhood by merely driving down the street. Talking to a kid that could go either way. Stop and help a troubled soul with kind words and direction.
These seemingly insignificant interventions may feel forgettable in the grand scheme but in the lives that the cops touch they are not forgotten.
Do not be frugal with your kindness.
STAY SAFE, BUCKLE UP AND WEAR YOUR VEST!!