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Recognizing those who protect us

How appropriate that we recognize law enforcement officers — and the rule of law — in the aftermath of Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol.

Today is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, meant to recognize the men and women in blue for upholding the oath to protect and to serve.

“Cops,” whether municipal, county, state, military or federal officers, have a very tough job made all the more difficult in today’s acrid environment where just a few bad apples cause people to judge all of our valued protectors.

If you have a police officer as a friend or a family member, today is a good time to show them that you appreciate how difficult their job is.

President John Adams rightly said America is “a government of laws and not of men.”

Think of what that means, please.

As a writer for the Washington Examiner has said, Adams’ statement “was a powerful idea because it conveyed a fundamental truth: Government should be based on clearly written laws, consented to by those to be governed by them, and not on the unpredictable will of one man or even a few men.”

A few men …

Alas, our laws are meant to exercise fairness and equal justice for all.

“Equal Justice Under Law.” Those are the words inscribed on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

The words are derived from the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that no state shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Enforcement of our laws — criminal and civil — is as important as exercising our right to vote.

These help form the basis of our freedom … and our rights.

Those who wear a badge and pledge to uphold our laws must be treated with respect because of the responsibility they bear.

Sadly, that does not happen enough these days as we’ve seen over and over again.

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day was triggered by the chain of events in 2014, when a police officer was involved in a crossfire shooting in Missouri.

The backlash and violence that followed this event led C.O.P.S to take the initiative to change this negative portrayal of police officers in the news in recent years into a positive one. With over 900,000 officers in the United States, the organization believes it is essential to support law enforcers during difficult times, and a day dedicated to them does just that.

The day also raises awareness on the importance of understanding that the difficult decisions taken by police officers are in the best interest of citizens and the law.

Generally, state and local police officers take the Law Enforcement Oath of Honor at the beginning of their careers. The oath affirms their standards of integrity, bravery and honor to the community and law.

The widely used oath embraced by the International Association of Chiefs of Police reads, “On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.”

So here we are in 2021, our citizens and nation embroiled in extreme political controversies while fighting a deadly pandemic.

Thank you, men and women in blue.

We offer a simple prayer …

Lord, we pray that you watch over our police and law enforcement officers each day as they keep us safe in our homes and on our streets.

Dear God, their work is often stressful and dangerous so we humbly place them in your care. We pray that you shield them from harm as they carry out their service on our behalf.

Please give these brave men and women your Almighty protection and unite them safely with their loved ones at the end of very day.

Amen.

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