Not long ago, I shared my thoughts on being a police officer’s wife.
In recalling some of my fears and vulnerabilities, I hoped for two things. First, that the general public could get a glimpse into our world–a profession that is more of a calling than a career. Second, I wanted to come alongside other spouses of law enforcement officers. To stand in the gap and declare, “You are not alone.”
Today I’m hoping for something else.
2015 has been a year filled with violence against law enforcement. Sadly, as of today’s writing, we’ve seen a 15% increase in law enforcement officer deaths this year in America, when compared to the same period last year. Some officers have been cruelly ambushed; all first responder killings are heinously tragic. Combine these numbers with our culture’s current disregard for police officers’ lives, and something inside me cries out, “No more!”
No more sitting on the sidelines in this battle. No more wishing things could be better. No more listening to mainstream media pick out a few bad apples and declare the entire profession corrupt. No. More. Lives. Lost.
I believe there is a silent majority in our nation that values the men and women who serve and protect us. It’s time to speak up! It’s time to do something.
So, what can you do?
Start where you are. We all live in communities served by some type of law enforcement agency. City police, county sheriff, state patrol—we are a well protected nation. Tell them thank you. Teach your kids to respect them. Write a letter of encouragement to the editor of your newspaper. Speak up in favor of the police at a city council meeting. A cold bottle of water on a hot day, or a candy bar late at night, might not mean much to you. But to an officer who is used to seeing humanity at its worst? What a welcome surprise that would be.
Support elected officials who support law enforcement. Equip police with tools needed to effectively serve their communities, and come home to their families at the end of their shifts. Use social media accounts to advocate on behalf of our officers. Each one of us has a voice within a unique sphere of influence. Use it!
Believe me when I tell you that police officers do not do their job for the money. There is no price high enough for my husband’s life. Yet, he willingly wears the badge every day to protect yours.
Silent majority, will you please break your silence? Stand with us and make a difference, so our officers can keep standing up for you.