Back the Blue - Police Support

Friday, September 4, 2015… Wear BLUE that day to show that you stand in solidarity with our Police Officers nation wide!

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What is a Policeman?

A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are “new”. What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.

Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That’s a better average than you’d find among clergy!

What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He’s a strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “fuzz” to his back

He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.But…If the policeman is neat, he’s conceited; if he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s flirting;if not, he’s a grouch.

He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.

But…If he hurries, he’s careless; if he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal”. If you hit him, he’s a coward. If he hits you, he’s a bully.

A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake. 

A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.

But…If he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he’s a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn’t, he’s a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

And, of course, he’d have to be genius….For he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.

#BackTheBlue #PoliceLivesMatter

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14 Responses to Back the Blue - Police Support

  1. Bloviating Zeppelinq says:

    Sounds like a bit of Paul Harvey there, God bless him.


  2. the unit says:

    It will be easy for me. I wear blue jeans even to the doctor. Wife hates it, says old men don’t look good in jeans. Well what you going to look good in? They even broke off King Tut’s appendage when they invaded his lay me down to sleep, my soul to keep place. I won’t have to worry about that. 🙂
    And I usually wear a shirt with mostly green, but have one with mostly blue I’ll wear Friday. Our sheriffs department uniforms are light green though.

  3. Wayne says:

    Our guys wear black but I will put on my blue Guy Harvey T shirt this Friday.

  4. Petermc3 says:

    Excellent post!
    I was fantasizing about a 50 state blue-flu day…would though it were.

  5. dekare says:

    It is Paul Harvey. Hearing it gets to me every time. I can say, that most officers do not feel like a hero, and want no special recognition. They simply want to be treated fairly. You do not even have to respect him if that is your wish. Just obey the law, be a good person…that is all we ask. The pride of a job well done is truly a reward.

    And once in that great while, when someone looks you in the eye, and shakes your hand, and thanks you for what you have done, or when a young kid tells you he wants to be like you one day…Well, he may play it off as no big deal…but I assure you…times like that mean the world to a cop.

    And then there is Joe Friday’s opinion on what a cop it…

    • Wayne says:

      It’s Guy Harvey dekare. Guy Harvey is an artist whose works are gamefish, silk screened on different shirts. My blue G.H. t shirt has a great Blue Marlin emblazoned on the back.

  6. dekare says:

    Okay, maybe not so related to the topic…but I found it while searching for a police video. This is what our current border patrol guys have to put up with down at south of the border.

    • the unit says:

      I do dekare again. Good links to video and YouTube. Thanks.
      I’ve probably mentioned before…son died while a criminal justice student 22 years ago at age 19. Had rode with local police, served as McGraw the crime dog to schools, set up local bars serving alcohol to minors in Dixie Mafia territory to be busted, security guard at gambling Casino. 33 police crusiers in his funeral procession from Ms, Tn, La, Ar, and Al. Circumstances of death questionable to me to this day. But all I can do is what I’ve always done, wipe away a tear or two or three.

    • TexasFred says:

      When I lived in El Paso for 9 years, every time I felt bad about my job or what I was going through I would drive down Border Hwy at night and watch the BP do what they did…

      I always came away with a great level of respect…

  7. dekare says:

    Nothing sadder than a child parting this world too early. An entire bright future in front of him, and all of the rewards as parents when your young’uns leave the nest and we get to see how well they can fly.

    They say time heals all wounds…well, some wounds never fully heal. And maybe that is a good thing. It means he meant a lot. At this point, all we can do is be thankful for the time we had, and try not to dwell on the loss. Of course, easier said than done.

    I will be wearing my blue this Friday.

  8. Kiril Kundurazieff says:

    Blue shirt, white pants, American Flag Suspenders….that is me tomorrow…..

  9. Ron in Ohio says:

    Let them know that “BLUE LIVES MATTER” even more than Black criminals.

  10. TexasFred says:

    I am SO ashamed of those that say, “Well I can’t be there, I have to work” or “I would attend but I’m out of town” or the most pathetic one I have seen so far, “I’m a truck driver, and if you want me to participate you need to give people more notice, I’m on the road…”

    It’s sad that they have time to make a comment like that on social media but didn’t take time to read the posts and invitations that plainly state, WEAR BLUE… That’s it, WEAR BLUE… It’s NOT going to cost you any money, no one is asking for donations, you don’t have to BE anywhere in particular, just wear BLUE all day today, wherever you are and wherever you go and YOU are a part of the show of support… #BackTheBlue #PoliceLivesMatter

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