Recently I had an opportunity to visit, after a long absence, with a good friend who happens to be a ranking officer in an area police department.
Considering how police are being plummeted in cities and states all across America today by those who would like to see America, with its unique freedoms, fall by the wayside.
An example of one of those declared enemies of America is the woman who heads the Black Lives Matter movement, and controls its nearly one hundred-million-dollar bank account and has declared she is an devoted communist. But rather than move to Cuba or Venezuela, real live communist countries to live in, and with Cuba now if full revolt over their communistic rule of 60 years, and where communism governs, she instead spent nearly three million of the BLM’s capitalistic funds to purchase not one, but two mansions in one of Hollywood’s most prodigious neighborhoods. And according to recent press headlines a few of BLM’s members did not hold kindly to this unauthorized expenditure of their capitalistic funds.
During our visit I asked my friend how the year-long “defund the police” attack has affected his department. His answer was that the “defund the police” movement has devastated his department. His indicated that longtime members of the force are retiring and that it is near impossible to find qualified recruits willing to enter a profession no longer worthy of the community’s respect. He indicated they are forced to hire and train recruits that two years ago would never have gotten in the training door.
Since our visit two months ago, as the killings in most major cities continues to rise, including our neighbor to the south, Atlanta, there is hope that this ‘defund the police’ movement is beginning to subside. Two of cities hit the hardest by this movement, Portland Oregon and Seattle Washington, whose city leaders let the BLM and Antifa mods run wild with the burning of buildings, toppling statutes, etc., are slowly beginning to see the light. In Oregon, the rural counties have petitioned that they leave Oregon and become counties in neighboring Idaho. It must really be bad to go to that extreme of changing states.
Fortunately for those of us living here in Cherokee County, both within its cities and in the county, we have been blessed with superb police forces, unseen unless needed and then they are jolly on the spot. Choosing policing as a profession has to be something that new recruits truly love.
I have a son-in-law who is a retired police lieutenant from the Atlanta area who was introduced to the profession while serving in the Marines for four years during the Vietnam era. He then graduated from an area university majoring in law enforcement. He loved his work but it was never easy as he rose in the ranks to his retirement status. There was always danger every time he answered a call, as there is with every officer who answers a call today, be it here in Cherokee County, its cities or elsewhere in America. Years ago, I had a brother-in-law, now passed on, who joined the FBI. He did not like the constant moving from one area to another area and after a few years returned to college and received his degree in another discipline.
Unfortunately we have had an example of just how dangerous policing is in the nearby Holly Springs police force when a fairly new young officer lost his life during a traffic stop. The entire law enforcement community turned out to honor him at his funeral, as they do with every officer who dies in action.
With the growing surge of drug use and drug trafficking throughout America, Cherokee County is not immune to these growing dangers. And with the growth in the county that danger is sure to grow, especially from those from countries where respect for the law is not as strong as it here in Cherokee County.
Yes, our Cherokee Tribune paper reports on those incidents that bring in the county’s law enforcement personnel, but fortunately they do not happen as often as they do in Atlanta and surrounding counties. I believe this is because of the top leadership of the county’s local law enforcement departments and of those loyal officers, male, and female, who love the work they do and see fit to commit their lives to defending the communities they police in. Thanks to all of our law enforcement officers here in Cherokee County.