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Thanks, law enforcement

Published 9:39pm Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It seems impossible to say “thank you” when a police officer writes a ticket. That was the thought of Chaplain Mike Owen Tuesday during the Police Week Memorial Ceremony at the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Cassopolis.
But one thing Owen encouraged citizens to remember is that local law enforcement often only see the negative side of our society. They rarely receive a simple “thank you” until it is sometimes too late.
Local police departments, including the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, should receive our gratitude as often as possible.
They often put themselves in situations many of us wouldn’t dream of. They walk into dangerous events and ultimately put their lives on the line when no one else will. The situations range from routine traffic stops to busting drug-related offenses and putting offenders behind bars, all for the protection of the innocent.
During the memorial ceremony, many gathered to honor Cass County Deputy Shane Britton, who was killed in the line of duty in 2000. It should never take the loss of a policeman to remember how bravely they protect our communities and country.
National Police Week began Sunday, and our communities have taken notice. While the national recognition and celebrations are set to end on Saturday, we as a society should continue to extend our thanks whenever possible.
Passing a police officer on the street can be a perfect opportunity to say “thank you for all that you do.”
While others may not take this approach immediately, these actions will set examples and eventually prompt them to do the same.
Our gratitude toward the law enforcement officials who serve us should continue every day of the year, not just during National Police Week.
Our thanks will not go unnoticed.

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