Friday, October 24, 2014

On the Front Lines

For anyone who does not believe that our Law Enforcement Officers are on the front lines, I will gladly point you towards yesterday's latest assault on our men and women in uniform: a hatchet attack on four rookie NYPD Officers in Queens, with two cops having to go to the hospital, one of them with a skull fracture.
ENOUGH!
Hashtag friggin' ENOUGH! 
I don't know about the rest of you, but I've had it. The talking heads are now poised and the chatter has begun: is there a terror connection to this horrific attack?
Do we need to find out?
The answer is yes, but...does it matter? And before you jump down my proverbial throat, hear me out here: what I am saying is that either way, we need to make sure that our Law Enforcement Officers are backed up and protected at every turn. Use of force? There should be absolutely no questions regarding this incident.
Unfortunately New York City's present Mayor has defunded and worked hard to ensure that the NYPD's efforts to profile those that might do us harm are all but eradicated; he's so focused on being politically correct that many Officers feel as if their hands are tied.
There should be no questions here; there's a video of the attack, and there are two NYPD Officers that presently need medical care as a result. The good news? The perpetrator is no longer with us.
As it should be.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Our Northern Neighbors

I got a chance to watch just a bit of the coverage today as the News poured out of Ottawa, and I want to say that I am so sorry to see the scourge of terrorism make its way up to our Northern Neighbors, not the first time, and sure to not be the last.
I am thinking of all the Law Enforcement Officers that will not see their families now for days, and perhaps even weeks on end as this whole thing shakes out...and I send love across the miles, and prayers...for all of us.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Unseen

Last night I was by City Hall Park, having just exited at the Brooklyn Bridge subway stop. I was meeting my brother for dinner downtown and was calling the restaurant to adjust the reservation when out of the corner of my eye, I saw an NYPD Officer standing by the entrance to the park.
A few feet away from him was an obvious EDP (Emotionally Disturbed Person) who was rambling on and on and on about something that sounded like a conspiracy theory. This woman was disheveled and crazed, standing in front of the Officer and perhaps blocking his view.
Here's what I observed: an NYPD Officer not encouraging her, but acknowledging her, ever so slightly. He was not being rude, he didn't insist that she move along, he was simply tolerating this woman who obviously felt that he was positioned there purposely to be her sounding board. I saw him trying to look past her as well and keep his eyes open for whatever might be going on around him.
I took this all in quickly, then kept it moving over to the restaurant. But here's what occurred to me on the way there: this is the unseen thing that NYPD Officers do on any given day...the thing that the News Media will never report about...the moment that you will never see someone re-tweet.
Truth is, I find it sad. How many times has an Officer like that one had to simply be courteous, use professionalism and respect with someone who will never acknowledge it? Where are the cameras when CPR is deployed in the field?
Some say God's eyes are enough. I don't disagree.
I would just like someone to see the unseen.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Probability

The word probability is defined as a strong likelihood or chance of something.
It was the first word to cross my mind when I first heard about the NYPD Officer who was killed on Sunday. 
I can hear your minds spinning double-time: an NYPD Officer was shot?
How did I miss that?
The truth is that this Officer was not shot, but killed in a van accident going to a routine detail. He was ejected from the van when it hit a hard corner on the Bruckner Expressway. Two other officers were injured, and the rest of the occupants of the van were treated and released from various Bronx hospitals. 
I'm quite sure it is completely devastating for the friends and family of this Officer, regardless of the cause of death. 
What the majority of the general public does not understand about police work is that the probability of you getting hurt or worse is greater simply by being out there more.
You don't have to necessarily be chasing a perp in order to qualify as someone who is putting their life in danger; the statistics are not in your favor even when you are doing a routine detail. If you're on shift, you're in a car, you're wearing a uniform, you're exposed, and you interact with more people.
That pushes the probability of something happening to you up, every single day that you're on shift.
And that, dear friends, is why the Cop's Wives and Others that stay home and worry have every right to do so. The probability of your loved one getting hurt or worse is always there, unless and until he's home in bed, laying right next to you.
Then and only then do you breathe.
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Rest In Peace, Officer Williams. 
If you'd like to read more, click here:
http://online.wsj.com/articles/nypd-officer-dies-several-more-injured-in-a-van-crash-in-new-york-city-1411303228
 
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