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National Police Week

May 14, 2022

By Pastor David Vivas Jr., World Harvest International Church

National Police WeekMay 15 is National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.National Police Week is a collaborative effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring America’s law enforcement community.Law enforcement / Peace Officers are men and women dedicated to public safety, law, and order. These put themselves on the frontline, 24/7. The public calls on them in times of distress or during an emergency. Cops see people at their worst. In many situations, they help to defuse a bad situation where no life is lost. Cops save lives.Law Enforcement officers sacrifice on many levels which go unrecognized. Our nation (and world) without law enforcement officers would be chaotic. These Peace Officers wake up every day, ready to lay down their lives, if necessary, to keep our communities safe.It’s unfortunate that much attention has been given, especially in the media, to the mistakes (or poor judgment) a handful of cops have made. Certain politicians have called to “defund the police” while ignoring the good these cops do. Those cynical elected officials should go on a ride along with these officers and see firsthand what officers encounter.Law enforcement officers are expected (by some politicians and activists) to act as psychologists, mental health experts, a social worker, family therapist, marriage counselor, and so forth. Such politicians and activists who go on their rants to “Defund the Police” are in essence wanting to “De-Police” our Peace Officers, keeping them from rendering needed services to their communities.Cops cannot solve all the problems in society. They are to help maintain peace in our communities by catching the bad guy and keeping criminals and illegal activities off the streets.It’s appalling when a politician says, “Defund the Police.” These career politicians who criticize law enforcement haven’t a clue of what they are talking about unless they have put on the uniform or see firsthand the danger these Peace Officers encounter.Cops give their lives to protect us. They patrol our communities and sacrifice being away from their families. Spouses of officers with kids may often spend Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays and other special occasions alone as their spouse/parent put on the uniform to serve and protect their communities.The problem is not with cops. A good cop doesn’t like a “dirty cop.” A good cop has no problem reporting a “dirty cop.” Good cops do make mistakes, but a mistake doesn’t make them “bad cops.” The bad, dirty, or crooked cops are those who betray their oath to “serve and protect” and engage in criminal activities.The real problem is with lawless people who think they can hurt, harm and steal. Law abiding citizens need to stand with Law Enforcement Officers, ensuring our City/County provide them with equipment, tools, and training necessary for them to fulfill their duties.God bless all the men and women in uniform who serve to protect our communities. “Greater love has no one that this, to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (Jesus our Lord in St. John 15:13)Leave your comments or questions below.You can follow Pastor David Vivas, Jr on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pastordavid.vivas

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