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Positive Police

Sometimes I get disheartened by the posts and comments against law enforcement. I understand it but I wanted to share with you a picture and story being passed around the law enforcement community.

Jennifer Foster of Florence, AZ was visiting Times Square with her husband Nov. 14 when they saw a shoeless man asking for change. She writes, “Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’

The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching*. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared.”

Our thanks to the Fosters for their attention and appreciation, and especially to this officer, who remains anonymous.

I’ve posted this before in a comment but I thought it was fitting.

People tend to assume law enforcement, corrections and military people do their job because they love power, which is not always true. I got into the field because I love my community and I love helping people. There are bad apples in every field of employment and of course they get the most attention, overshadowing others that make a self-sacrifice every day. You never know what someone will do with the power given an officer but from my experience in the area I live and work, those who abuse that power do not last in the field for long. The days of the good ole boy system are fading quickly to the point of being offensive. I specialize in the principles of restorative justice in actuality keeping felonies off of young people’s records by showing them reinvestment and worth of community involvement.

I also keep people out of prison and felonies off of their records because of substance abuse. I get awards for my revolutionary ideas that actually work, when it’s really just common sense and inspired by, well ironically… liberty. One thing you have to understand is regardless of the agency they are elected officials. Sheriff or city (controlled by elected officials) The precedent of a law enforcement agency is set from the top and rolls down hill. I guess I just have to say don’t hate us all because we don’t hate you.



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Ramicio, Please let us know

Ramicio, Please let us know when you start to take care of crimes you witness or are aware of by arresting the perpetrators. I'm sure there is an area near you that would keep you quite busy. It's even a bonus that you wouldn't expect to be paid. You seem to have no respect for police officers and I'd be interested to see how much respect is paid to you by the serious criminals in your area.

I don't need to take care of

I don't need to take care of criminals until they affect my property. I've never encountered a robbery out in the public world, so my inaction is not because of negligence.

Please come join my forum if you're not a trendy and agree with my points of view.

Witness the other half of the problem.

I respect your opinion, Ram, but not all cops are good nor bad. I'm sorry that your experience with police (from what I can assume from your dislike in police) has been less than pleasant, but that's not everyone's experience. You have to remember that, Sir.

Veterans for Ron Paul

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

They let a few intelligent

They let a few intelligent and ethical ones through on purpose. The ones who stay ethical don't go very far and likely quit. The other smart ones become unethical and become the higher ranks, like chiefs. The rest are power hungry and unethical. Same thing applies to soldiers. The lifers and high ranking are the unethical ones who were raised with a silver spoon. I dislike anyone who "serves" the public but holds power not from experience, but by my own power of observation in what I see them doing to people every day. Power and serving do not go together, and they need to choose one. We are seeing them now choosing power.

Please come join my forum if you're not a trendy and agree with my points of view.

Hmm

Tell Serpico there are good cops, he was the only one in New York. Im sure there are more in NY, but they dont take a stand like Serpico did. There are more bad police than good because they are being trained a certain way, and many have a gang mentality. There are 2 cops in my family, and they told me that they are trained to treat civilians like criminals first cause you never know who the real criminals are. There are good cops, but there are few. Until we can change the way cops are hired and trained, it will only get worse. This is a nice story, but we need to continue to here about police brutality and police breaking are constitutional rights so that more people are aware of it, and can become aware of their rights. Want to here more good cop stories, keep puting the pressure on them by posting bad cop stories. I won't lie though, it is nice to here heart warming stories about good cops.

Thanks for the great post.

Thanks for the great post. It certainly started my day off on a positive note and it's always nice to see a fellow officer on the site.

Good job officer,

well done!

Thank you for all that you do:)

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

I get sick of the

anti-police posts as well. People don't even want to hear about good cops (of which there are many) because it's not sensational I guess. Like it or not, police officers risk their lives everyday, and protect people, and help people. Where I live, they don't make much more than minimum wage to start, and it caps off at a ridiculous rate, much like teachers who are very important.

I would LOVE to see all the cop bashers do a police job for one week, then we would see how much they bash these men and women.

Officer suicide rates are at least double the non-police population. Why? Because it's a damn hard job.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

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top 10

dangerous jobs
http://money.cnn.com/2005/08/26/pf/jobs_jeopardy/
nope,don't see cops mentioned
suicide rated for cops
http://www.policesuicideprevention.com/id48.html
nope not high either high either,and certainly not half of the general population
maybe the reason cops are so disliked these days is for their attitudes
but it might be the no knock raids,it could also be they lie
on the stand,and plant evidence
maybe just maybe they make their own jobs harder by violating other's rights,and people are just plain sick and tired of it
your whole post is big lie
except for liking cops to teachers,they are just as important
i do agree with the poster below about that being staged(that is what it looks like(now say he was arresting that guy,and this same person was
taking the same picture,their would have another arrest
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

No where

did I say it was the most dangerous job. Suicide rates are higher.
http://www.officer.com/article/10232405/2009-police-suicide-...

Most of the cop haters that I personally know, have been in and out of jail several times, and are incapable of taking accountability for their own actions, note that I said "most" and not "all", and I'm talking about people I know.

Have you ever had to scrape a person off the highway after a bad accident? Deal with people automatically fighting you and hating you because you wear a uniform? Had death threats? Been responsible for bringing order to society, while only dealing with the worst of the worst of humanity? Ya, it is a hard job.

But I don't care if you like cops or you don't. To each their own.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

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you made a point

a sensationalist post about cops and how bad it is to do
do you think cops make it dangerous?
do you think they escalate dealings with people?
do cops ever go to court and lie on the stand?
do they ever plant evidence? this one here i pointed on an
episode of cops!!!watched the cop with folded hand plant weed into a car,the camera showed an empty seat,then the pot was there!!
let me ask this question,to see where you stand
which laws are people responsible to be under?
if we as a nation are under the constitutions,then how can there be
thousands of these so called laws we are under?
do they no violate the const,and the same people in the process?
to answer you,no i do not hate cops,nor anyone else for that matter
i don't have that ability
what i do have is common sense,and it tells me,we have no laws to follow,but in fact laws are written to reign in the governments
but are foisted upon the ignorant masses as it is easy money
and there are so many of us
cops do not stand in the gap of a morally corrupt society
laws do not create a moral society
deaqcon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

I guess

deacon, I'm just trying to say that cops are human like everyone else, and should be respected, like anyone else until proven guilty of harming others. I just don't like lumping a bunch of people into one category, it's not how I think. I think it's sad that on the Daily Paul, it seems the general attitude towards cops is one of disdain and disrespect. There is even an attitude of paranoia, like cops are just out to get us and make our lives hell. I could tell you several stories of great cops, but the response from a lot of people here would be, "ya but..." lol. So it's not really productive to debate it I suppose. I am really, genuinely sorry for the loss of your friend, wow. That is terrible. Perhaps my attitude would be different had I suffered that loss.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

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sorry if i came across

that way
my posts were about the bad ones
not them all together,there are good and bad in every profession
i don't lump them all together,as i see no need to
i haven't every one to make a claim like that
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

"People don't even want to hear about good cops"

That's false. Take the infowars story where Officer Leneck did his Constitutional duty.

I loved hearing about that. That is what's good.

Cops doing things for homeless people is great but you wanna know what is better? Cops not harassing them for being homeless. A neocon may be a standup person in the community and do great things but he doesn't get a free ride because of it.

If they donate to charity then beat a homeless man to death or run him out of town, I'm afraid I'll have to pass on the praise. I'm just saying here.

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No doubt

there are bad cops, just like there are bad people in every profession.

Here's a thought, do people ever think about the fact that the cops don't make the laws they have to enforce? Kinda like our troops? They don't decide who they must kill, they are given orders and must obey. If a city makes a law that homeless people must not be in a certain area, that law has to be enforced. I doubt cops enjoy doing this. Just sayin. Maybe some sick ones but I'm sure not most. They are people too.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.
-Thomas Paine

As deacon has eluded to, there are no excuses.

They are there to uphold Constitutional oaths under which they've sworn to protect the people. If a law is not Constitutional then they have an obligation to not follow it.

They are there to serve the people, not lawmakers. It's a cop-out to say they're just doing their jobs.

They have the duty, even at their own economic peril, to not follow orders that go against what they know to be Constitutional.

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jackiek

there in your post is the problem
what you and other cops considers laws, are not
as far as i know all have sworn an oath to protect
an oath to uphold the rights of people,if there is
(law)to remove the homeless,then they have violated their own oaths of office
what you think of as laws are in fact colors of law(made to look like laws) but are not laws,these are statutes,ordinances and codes
and these violate the ones the cops swore their oath for and to
maybe cops are given more of a hard time lately is for the fact
people are starting to see through their lies,and are fighting back
there are no laws the people have to abide by,that is unless another has been harmed,then and only then has a crime been committed
cops take it upon themselves to dispense their own form of justice
going so far as making stuff up out of their own minds(which boils
down opinion,and no basis in fact
if a cop ever handed out a ticket for speeding,no ins,no registration,then they have violated the ones they swore to protect
if one ever handed out a jay walking ticket then they broke their oath
it is as simple as that
the judges,lawyers and cops have twisted the meanings of laws
and hold us accountable to the corporation they work for!
no i am not a cop but i have seen first hand what they do on a daily basis,i had a friend get murdered by one,but the cops lied about the events and to this day no justice has been served to the murderer(i was there,saw it unfold,and saw her shot to death)
true there are good cops,but if them good cops only follow orders
then are they really good cops? i think not,as if one follows orders that go against their own beliefs or follow orders that violate themselves and the people,then they are no longer good
deacon

If we deny truth before your very eyes,then the rest of what we have to say,is of little consequence

I know there are good cops, but I don't believe your story

You said "The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching" but she was close enough with the camera that it's suspect. I think you set that picture up.

So my belief is that this is a propaganda piece meant to draw on peoples emotions for power.

I'll admit, you had me until I saw the photo and it didn't jive with the picture you were painting with your words.

I hope I am wrong.

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I think you are. Go into any

I think you are. Go into any police station, back in the roll call room or similar and you will see donation boxes for food, toys, clothing or even HBA products. There is always some sort of effort going on to help those in need. I have watched many a fellow officer share or outright give their lunch away to the homeless.

What other cops are doing has nothing to do with this story's

truth.

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So why does this story not

So why does this story not seem plausible? Your telling me that it is all based upon the picture, that it was not possible for the officer to not know he was being photographed? Technology has progressed beyond the 5lb 35mm camera, just saying.

If you think someone who is trained by

academies, time served as a CO in a jail and time on the street, to be aware, is not aware.... I think you're a bit naive. Also if you'll notice, in my statements, I left things open..

What might that tell you? Perhaps, I'm not sure? Yeah that would be it.

Just saying..

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Fantastic!

Thanks!

What would the Founders do?