Musings of a Cop’s Daughter

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I am the daughter of a former law enforcement officer. My dad took his retirement early being that his body was pretty beat up after years of physical altercations and instances on the job. Needless to say, it was sometimes awkward in school. My dad used to go to classmates’ houses for domestic disturbances or whatnot. Lately, I’ve been seeing and hearing a lot more cop bashing. (You know, there was a time I wouldn’t even use the word, “cop.” I saw it as disrespectful.)

The older I got, the more I understood the dangers of my dad’s job. Whether it be from criminals, driving, or even crooked cops. There was something always to worry about. I understand now just why my dad was always onto me about safety, such as always keeping the doors locked, never wear heels in case I have to run or fight, keep an eye out for people around me, etc. Eventually I came to appreciate the sacrifices my dad made.

Seeing all of the negativity surround law enforcement officers now offends me greatly. Don’t blame policemen for your mistakes or the mistakes of others. Many officers of the law are under constant stress for their lives and the lives of others every day. Routine traffic stops can quickly turn deadly, all because a guy doesn’t want another ticket.

Police officers have to see gruesome scenes, even see people kill themselves while they are helpless to stop them. Forgive me for saying so, but who are you to say cops are out there to get you? Who are you to say that they’re worthless? Who are you to say that cops are racist? They see the worst of people, but they keep going out there to help people. As a society, we can’t exist without the police.

The police save many lives every day in many different ways. Are there bad officers? Yes, but there are bad people in all walks of life. I can tell you, I would trust the word of a cop over a criminal any day of the week.

Stop bashing cops. Oh, wait. You only hate them when you don’t need them. Cops are only good when they’re saving you, but you don’t care. So, have fun being on that high horse while you can. There may be a day when you need them, but they won’t be there because of people like you.

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