Our Police, Our Heroes

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.

– Arthur Ashe

As we spend our days with friends and family in the safety and comfort of our homes, there are men and women who risk life and limb in line of duty to provide us normalcy. A run-on-the-mill job to many, the heroic acts of law enforcement officers often escape us.

Take police operatives on foot patrol or an investigation officer who stays in the interrogation room spending extra hours to get a confession, or an intelligence officer who gathers vital information to detect a possible crime. All these may seem mundane and routinary. But such typical policing activities deter criminal conduct thus keeping us safe.

When confronted with violent aggression from criminals, our police officers do respond according to established rules of engagement. This must be so because felons, like a tree that bears fruit, bear their own fruits — the defenseless victims. Stopping these crooks or putting them behind bars means putting an end to the incidence of crimes.

Police officers are not only in constant contact with the most ill-intentioned individuals of society but also with the most vulnerable and marginalized. With a big heart, they interact with people struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, and homelessness. Law enforcement thus entails the courage and resolve to catch criminals as well as the compassion to aid victims and the disadvantaged. Likewise, in their dealings with
communities, police officers strive to cement trust and mutual respect with various cultural, socio-economic, and religious groups. The profession in its entirety demands from them the unremitting values of integrity, empathy, and trustworthiness.

Countless heroic acts by police officers go unnoticed. But even without the benefit of recognition, they willingly and selflessly serve our society. And in this willingness resides the beauty and nobility of the profession.

To our police officers, stay true to your calling and keep it that way – as our heroes.