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This is a re-post of last Christmas. This Christmas was not materially different, and the quote saves me a bunch of typing:

My wife and I made a shopping trip the other day to provide Christmas gifts (out of my paycheck) for the children of a drug dealer that is currently doing time (my arrest). I called him at the facility that he is currently lodged and made sure that it was okay for us to label the gifts as being from "Daddy" first. He's not going to get out in time for Christmas, as he's facing at least one other drug charge of mine.

Then I worked that night.

On my day off, we had an emergency call-out. A mental decided that she wanted to gargle buckshot in the bedroom of her section-8 apartment. Live in boyfriend attempted to wrestle the weapon away from her, and she cranked off a round out the window towards another building- keep in mind that there are dozens and dozens of children that live here. Fortunately, a tree stopped the shot, and no one was hurt.

Today I showed up to volunteer my time to deliver Christmas presents to "needy" children. I made a run back to the same section-8 apartment complex, and delivered presents to every unit but one, in one particular building. At one unit, the oldest boy was outside his government-subsidized unit, playing with his new radio-controlled helicopter, and couldn't be bothered to help me carry the huge bags of presents inside- no "thank you" or anything.

Many of the units were essentially without furniture. Dirty dishes piled on the counters, "snow drifts" of soiled laundry in the corners. Maybe a soiled mattress or a broken down cardboard box for the children to sleep on in the living room. But they had HUGE brand new flat-screen television sets, hundreds of DVDs, the latest video games, liquor, smokes, sodas, and snack foods. I think we're the only country in the world that gives food stamps to morbidly obese people.

On my way back to my vehicle, I encountered a 9-year old that had no idea what today was. When I told him, he still had no idea what Christmas was. He couldn't even be bothered to look up from a rather expensive looking portable game console to talk to the Police Officer in the raid shirt, jeans, and Santa hat.

Back to the Police station to pick up another load, and a couple shows up in a lifted Toyota 4x4 SUV with huge chrome wheels, tinted windows, and an absurdly powerful stereo. They hop out in their designer clothes, and ask where "their" Christmas presents are.

I work again tonight, probably handling the same people.

Tomorrow, I'll forgo spending Christmas with my family in the traditional sense, in order to volunteer to feed these same people at a Christmas luncheon.

Then I go back to work tomorrow night, handling them again.

And we're already gearing up to handle the same folks on New Year's Eve.

Whew.
 

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Well, it's turning out to be a little different, I guess.

The same drug dealer mentioned above, got out and began screwing up again almost immediately. We've currently got warrants totalling nearly a quarter million dollars for him. His baby-mama (5 kids, same family that I bought presents for last year) has not been entirely truthful with me regarding him.

And an absolutely beautiful child decided to hang herself. :sad: There's a lot of paperwork when that happens.

Only five hours until I get to become one with my pillow. :thumbsup:
 

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Wow! Brought tears to my eyes. The big picture sounds so frustrating, depressing and fruitless. But after thinking more your compassion has got to be reaching out to a few people or at least a person or two. Hopefully. Keep up the good fight and try to not get down because of all the idiots.
 

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Good on you RIS for maintaining your sanity and humanity. :thumbsup:

Aren't some professionals like doctors and police officers supposed to detach themselves from their work? From personal experience, doctors don't like to be friendly, and definitely not ER doctors. They do their jobs and try not to have a personal connection with their "clients". Maybe it's my personality, or I've watched too much teevee, but I thought that was the case.

The people you're dealing with don't seem hurt for material things, maybe an attitude adjustment and a swift kick in the ass. Police in other parts of the world don't try to gain community trust. They show up in armored vehicles, bullet proof vests and an AR-15 to serve an arrest warrant. Same results, no drop in crime rates but a sense of justice for someone out there.
 

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Good on you RIS for maintaining your sanity and humanity. :thumbsup:

Aren't some professionals like doctors and police officers supposed to detach themselves from their work? From personal experience, doctors don't like to be friendly, and definitely not ER doctors. They do their jobs and try not to have a personal connection with their "clients". Maybe it's my personality, or I've watched too much teevee, but I thought that was the case.

The people you're dealing with don't seem hurt for material things, maybe an attitude adjustment and a swift kick in the ass. Police in other parts of the world don't try to gain community trust. They show up in armored vehicles, bullet proof vests and an AR-15 to serve an arrest warrant. Same results, no drop in crime rates but a sense of justice for someone out there.
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Thanks for the kind words, but I don't know how to answer that. I'm certainly nothing special, but I do care a great deal about people. People have great value. I'd think there was something wrong if I didn't care.

Like any job, you get used to it. It seems like a normal thing to do for me to call on my cell phone to order an all-meat pizza while standing over the body of a guy that blew his head off with a 12-guage. I mean, my co-workers and I are going to be stuck on scene for quite a while, and we're going to need to eat at some point.

I guess everybody deals with it differently, but I can tell you that there is an awful lot of very dark first responder humor that the average person would probably find offensive beyond words.

And you're right, a lot of us tend to hold people at a distance. It's a conditioned response, probably as a result of having to deal with people who have not experienced what we have, acting strangely.

Like any emotionally healthy human being, I only kick somone's ass if they truly require it. I'll do it in the blink of an eye, and we may all have a good laugh about it afterwards, but it's not the kind of thing that we go looking for. I don't like getting other people's blood on me.

I do wear armor and take an AR-15 (an M4 actually) with me everywhere I go (on duty), but that's because the first rule in my line of work is to go home at the end of my shift. I was the breacher on our last drug raid- I have no problem with caving someone's door in, taking their drugs, arresting them, and taking their children from them, as long as it's done correctly.

A couple of raids ago we breached the door to make entry, and found ourselves stepping over and between about half a dozen infants and toddlers sleeping on broken down cardboard boxes just inside the door, while we ordered the drug dealers to become one with the carpet at gun point. That's the kind of stuff that I find really disappointing. Those kids didn't sign up for that.

I am committed to my community. I volunteer with my Church, providing hot meals, helping kids (mostly drug babies) after school with their homework, and being involved in youth programs. I also help out at school in the classroom (10th and 12th grade English). I volunteer with Special Olympics, the animal shelter, and I'm on the school council.

I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to how I spend my time. I'd like to help break the cycle of failure that generations of crappy parenting has caused.

I find it appalling that so many kids have been taught to just give up at the slightest hint of anything even remotely challenging. I don't have any "quit" in me, so it's an alien concept to me. When I was asked to ride 200 miles in one day on a full suspension mountain bike with knobby tires (carrying my pistol, cell phone, and a pair of cuffs), I just did it. When I did my ground fighting final during my academy, my scalp was split and sliding around- I couldn't see from the blood in my eyes. So I used a wad of paper towels to wipe the sweat and blood out of my eyes and off my head, and used silver duct tape to put my scalp back together, then went back in and won the fight. These kids don't have any concept of stuff like that.

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Well if every thing you say is true (no offense, I'm just a pescimist when it comes to people) you certainly have my vote for man of the year.

I thought about going into law enforcement in my younger days but then I realised I would end up turning into one of those d*** cops that I hate.
 

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It's like any other job, except that in my job, the customer is always wrong. ;)
 

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RIS, good for you. On another note, loud ass short barrel with a magnifier? Do you really need to see their pores?! :) Just kidding, mostly. I'm impressed with your patrol rifle. Department or personal?
 

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RIS, good for you. On another note, loud ass short barrel with a magnifier? Do you really need to see their pores?! :) Just kidding, mostly. I'm impressed with your patrol rifle. Department or personal?
Yeah, it's kinda loud, but it's a lot easier to maneuver in tight places with the 14.5" barrel.

As I'm sure you know, the magnifier is only three power, and it flips out of the way when I don't need it. I'm only three years away from my AARP membership- my eyes probably need all the help they can get.

It's mine. I was very thankful to have it when a gunman hi-jacked a bus here some time back. We had just arrived on scene, and staged out of sight to formulate a plan. Everyone else was still on the way, when the bus unexpectedly started to move, so my Sgt. and I had to take down the bus by ourselves.
 

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...Like any emotionally healthy human being, I only kick somone's ass if they truly require it. I'll do it in the blink of an eye, and we may all have a good laugh about it afterwards, but it's not the kind of thing that we go looking for. I don't like getting other people's blood on me.

I do wear armor and take an AR-15 (an M4 actually) with me everywhere I go (on duty), but that's because the first rule in my line of work is to go home at the end of my shift. I was the breacher on our last drug raid- I have no problem with caving someone's door in, taking their drugs, arresting them, and taking their children from them, as long as it's done correctly.

A couple of raids ago we breached the door to make entry, and found ourselves stepping over and between about half a dozen infants and toddlers sleeping on broken down cardboard boxes just inside the door, while we ordered the drug dealers to become one with the carpet at gun point. That's the kind of stuff that I find really disappointing. Those kids didn't sign up for that.

I am committed to my community. I volunteer with my Church, providing hot meals, helping kids (mostly drug babies) after school with their homework, and being involved in youth programs. I also help out at school in the classroom (10th and 12th grade English). I volunteer with Special Olympics, the animal shelter, and I'm on the school council.

I'm willing to put my money where my mouth is when it comes to how I spend my time. I'd like to help break the cycle of failure that generations of crappy parenting has caused.

I find it appalling that so many kids have been taught to just give up at the slightest hint of anything even remotely challenging. I don't have any "quit" in me, so it's an alien concept to me. When I was asked to ride 200 miles in one day on a full suspension mountain bike with knobby tires (carrying my pistol, cell phone, and a pair of cuffs), I just did it. When I did my ground fighting final during my academy, my scalp was split and sliding around- I couldn't see from the blood in my eyes. So I used a wad of paper towels to wipe the sweat and blood out of my eyes and off my head, and used silver duct tape to put my scalp back together, then went back in and won the fight. These kids don't have any concept of stuff like that.
LOL! Are you kidding me?? Okay Judge Dredd....
 

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Join date Nov 2009. He didn't post this last christmas. The search feature goes way back. Possible troll?

I thought he was a caseworker or worked public relations for a PD. The guys that kick in the doors, they don't tell others on a bike forum what they do for a living.
 

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Join date Nov 2009. He didn't post this last christmas. The search feature goes way back. Possible troll?

I thought he was a caseworker or worked public relations for a PD. The guys that kick in the doors, they don't tell others on a bike forum what they do for a living.
I'm just a lowly beat cop, not a ninja, and I didn't say that I posted it HERE last Christmas.
 

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Thanks for your hard work in keeping your (assigned?) community together. Thanks for holding on to your decency in trying circumstances.

My professor for Inorganic Chemistry told us a story once about a pair of doctors who had a discussion about what was the most important job. One held that medical care was tops, but the other won the argument by pointing out that if sanitation workers disappeared, the resulting epidemics would quickly overwhelm our society.

Somebody has to do the dirty work, and few of us stop to consider what life would be like without their efforts.

Walt
 

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rallyraid said:
Join date Nov 2009. He didn't post this last christmas. The search feature goes way back. Possible troll?

I thought he was a caseworker or worked public relations for a PD. The guys that kick in the doors, they don't tell others on a bike forum what they do for a living.
Bingo.

Also, that has to be the silliest patrol rifle I think I have ever seen. Free-floating rails on a 14.5 incher...haha! And speaking of rails, I don't think he's got enough of them on there do you? LOL! You can still have your light and vert grip with the standard handguards and it would even make the rifle lighter and alot more comfortable. But I guess that isn't tacticool enough and certainly wouldn't make for as good a picture to post up in a bike forum. lol
 
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