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Protect and Serve is Still the Norm | U.S. PATRIOT NEWS & REVIEWS

Protect and Serve is Still the Norm

With all of the negative publicity the police are receiving, many citizens find themselves wondering if there is still any truth to the motto “to protect and serve.” Are police really spending all their time racing through neighborhoods in harrowing chases or getting in gun fights on crowded streets? Or are these the infrequent but overly reported 1% in an otherwise non-violent profession?

No cop I know has ever entered police work hoping to get in a gun fight. Even in the most dangerous cities in America, most officers will go an entire career never firing a shot, many never even upholstering their weapon except on the range. But you would never know it by watching the news or listening to protestors and elected officials alike.

The reason almost every officer chose to become a police officer was to help people and that is something they do every single shift of every single day. But you will likely never see or hear about that in the evening news because it does not fit the current narrative, nor does it sell newspapers. Honestly, it is impossible to report every incident of police helping citizens. It is a routine part of the day and happens far too often to count. What I can do is highlight a couple recent examples where that help went above and beyond the routine.

Protect and ServeFranklin, Ohio – Officer Steve Dunhan saw a panhandler trying to trade items for food. Not an unusual occurrence, except that the panhandler in question was a 7 year old boy trying to trade stuffed animals for food. Officer Dunhan found out where the boy lived and, upon further investigation, determined he and his four brothers were living in squalor – the house filled with trash and smelling of cat urine. As a result of Officer Dunhan’s actions, the boy and his brothers were removed from the home and placed with caring relatives while the parents face 10 counts of child endangerment.

Nashville, Tennessee – Officer Stephen Fouche was dispatched to check on a disabled motorist and arrived to find a mini van carrying a family of six – including a one year old infant – had broken down hours from home. Officer Fouche arranged for the family to be transported to a nearby convenience store for food and water and, upon learning they were unable to immediately secure a ride home, a local motel. Not only did Officer Fouche convince the hotel manager to provide a free room for the night, but he also kicked in $100 from his own pocket towards food.

Yes, these are extraordinary examples of officers helping citizens. But they are but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the good officers across the nation do every day. For every shooting reported, there are hundreds of examples of officers who changed a flat tire, found a lost child’s parents or returned a found item to its owner.  Most go unnoticed because officers do not do them for recognition; they do it because it is part of the job. Just remember the good far outweighs the evil and “protect and serve” is still very much alive.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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