I look at our police officers the same way I view our combat troops. They sign on to protect and defend at all cost and it is sad to see how the likes of Al pay-your-taxes Sharpton paint these brave men and women.
Every shift these protectors of our rights and freedoms are imnmediately subjected to danger. How many vehicle stops, domestic violence calls, doors knocked on and just the general makeup of that workday can you cover without a serious confrontation,.
Heroes, all of them, and the sad part is the paycheck of both military and police officers does not reflect the life-threatening duties they perform.
Morale is a huge issue with most police forces. How do these officers stay positive with the rhetoric that is front and center in print and on TV. Ask yourself: Do you want a police officer to be proactive or reactive? Pay them, train them and have their backs in all situations.
Locally the news depicts the Bradenton Police Department experiencing morale problems. My opinion would be to integrate the BPD with the Sheriff's Office. An economically sound proposal that would be a win-win for all. No more city and county jurisdictions and a police force that would respond countywide.
Remedies of increased training and upgrading their equipment are necessary tools, but what we must not do is dumb down our police force with race quotas and lower standards. Affirmative Action will not solve this problem. Bottom line is keep standards high.
We, the taxpayers, can do our part by voicing an opinion, electing sound representation and, first and foremost, thank a police officer for his or her dedication and service. Respect them for who they are and what they do!