The recent events affecting law enforcement agencies around the country have hit close to home for those of us at Security Assessment Group. We are local Las Vegas law enforcement owned and operated. For anyone in police work, you know that fellow officers are our family and friends. It doesn’t matter if you are a police officer in a major metropolitan city, a sheriff’s deputy in a small farming town, a trooper taking on the task of safeguarding our citizens along the nation’s infrastructure, or a corrections officer in one of our many understaffed and overcrowded correctional facilities. Together we make up that thin blue line.
No other profession endures the Monday morning quarterback, countless “experts” who believe they know how best to do our job when they know nothing of it, AND the need for us to be present and “do something” while facing simultaneous and, at times, intense hatred and criticism just because of the uniform we wear and the job we choose to do. At society’s worst, we are the ones they call upon and they expect us to put our lives on the line to protect them. And we do it, because that is the calling we chose to follow. Yet while they beg us to help them, no sooner will they turn around with their cell phone cameras and criticize our every move. To them, we are corrupt and power-hungry – unfair sentinels of judgement wielding deadly weapons for the purpose of harming others.
Tragedies such as those that have befallen our family most recently in Dallas, Baton Rouge, Kansas City, and the Berrien County (MI) Courthouse, have shown the nation and the world just how strong that thin blue line is. Chief David Brown of the Dallas Police Department told CNN’s Jake Tapper that after the murders of four of their officers and a DART officer, “everyone came to work the next day.” Despite the difficulties facing law enforcement today, countless men and women put on their uniforms and continue to perform their duties in a show of strength, support, and perseverance.
The strength of that thin blue line is backed by fellow officers, friends, family, and most importantly, the people who don’t know us but still support us. For every outcry of criticism, we know there are people who thank us for the job we do and acknowledge the difficulties we face everyday. At Security Assessment Group, our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by tragedy. We support our country’s law enforcement community and we thank those who stand beside us in support.
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