Tonight, I went to Starbucks to get a drink and do some much needed report writing. I went to my usual table and put my computer down as I hoped for some peace and quiet to catch up on my work.
I ordered my drink and then dove into my paperwork. While I sat there, I scanned the crowed as people came and went. Every so often a person would smile and say hi as they walked past my table toward the bathroom.
I continued to fill out report forms and type as the Starbucks crowd went about their business.
The time finally came for me to leave when a collision call went out over the radio. I was gathering my stuff when a man walked by and said, “Thank you for your service.”
He was about 50 years old and smiled as he said it. His blue eyes were warm, sincere and friendly.
I smiled back and said, “Thank you.” I hoped he could see I meant and appreciated his kind words. The moment was brief and then he walked away.
“Thank you for you service” were just five words. But they weren’t just any five words. They were five words that he didn’t have to say. The man didn’t have to take the time to walk over and say anything. I was a just a stranger, who was wearing a uniform and a badge.
I don’t think people realize how much we, as officers, appreciate it when they come up and offer encouragement like that. Those moments mean something.
With all of the negativity out there, the world forgets about the people who support the police. We know you’re out there. We see you when you smile at us. We see you when you wave at us at stop lights. We see and hear your kids when they yell out, “Hi police!”
We know there are good people out there, just like you know there are good cops doing their best to make you safe. Keep the faith because the cops haven’t forgotten about you.
Everyone likes a smile and a thank you and a wave with all fingers. Right after 9-11 it seemed like everyone was saying, “thank you officer for what you do.” That sure made up for all the “pig” calls I got in the 60’s and 70’s. Sometimes someone would thank me for what I did for them by saying, “God bless you officer,” I thanked them and replied, he already has many-many times in my life.
Keep the fait officers, times will get better.
LEO, Once And Always