Law enforcement appreciation

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Law enforcement officers of every rank and file have chosen a profession that puts their life on the line every day for their communities. They’ve answered a call to public service that is demanding and often unappreciated. The thin blue line is a symbol, standing for law enforcement’s separation of order from chaos, a reference to police “maintaining order during unrest.”

Thank a Police Officer Day happens each year on the third Saturday of September. It’s a way to encourage community members to thank their local police officers, and show their support for the courage they show and sacrifices they make to serve the community.

Our newsroom would like to take this moment to thank our local police officers for what they do to make our community better, day in and day out. Without regard to partisan politics or any other factor, our police officers strive to enforce laws fairly and even-handedly.

Sept. 15, 2012 was the first National Thank a Police Officer day, and it came from a desire to vocally share gratitude to the police.

The founder of the Whole Truth Project, a movement to express gratitude to law enforcement, Andrew Hale, said, “National media bias tends to report the shocking and dramatic.”

This ignores the quiet, calm, peaceful good deeds law enforcement officers and rescue personnel do each day, sometimes under difficult, dangerous, and challenging circumstances. They see things none of us want to see, all in the name of our safety, protection and being there for us.

Hale is a lawyer and founder of Andrew M. Hale & Associates, a firm known for representing police officers in some of the highest stakes lawsuits in the world. Hale believes many of these suits are wrongfully filed. He’s dedicated to protecting and serving those who protect and serve.

Hale said, “From what I’ve seen, the vast majority of police officers are dedicated, hard-working and conscientious.”

Our local law enforcement and rescue personnel makes a big difference in many lives. They put their community above their families. They give up holidays, birthdays, and family gatherings. They give up going to school events and sports games. When a call comes in, they drop everything and respond. We appreciate their families who give up time together to allow them to serve the rest of us.

We appreciate them because they’re willing to risk their lives for ours. They answer every call and exhibit courage, resoluteness and compassion in the situations in which they are most needed. It’s a job many of us couldn’t do. It takes strength and courage to deal with what our officers deal with on a daily basis. Some of our rescue personnel, too, deal with traumatic situations and are with us at the toughest times in our lives.

Now more than ever, their work may be unappreciated.

It’s fortunate the Emmet County community has a chance to appreciate our finest.

Thank you.

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