Project Law Enforcement Officer www.projectLEO.org
By Kenneth Stepp
Try to remember the last time that radar inside you told you to move away from someone or something that seemed dangerous, out of the ordinary, or just plain scary. Let’s unpack that.
The Set Up:
Meeting with an elderly friend having a bite to eat and catching up on each other’s lives, I was distracted by the couple two tables away. The man was being abusive two his lady and getting louder and more upset with every statement. Looking like a crazed animal and beginning to “work the crowd” with insults because people were looking at him.
This was an attempt to remind you of what it feels like to be in a situation like this. It’s not just uncomfortable, it’s dangerous. Most people try to ignore these people. Many leave the establishment. But a law enforcement officer won’t. They know they are in a position that requires they act. They aren’t super heroes with super powers. They are husbands, fathers, or just one of us. But while we walk away, they know they cannot. Even off duty. This is “The Cost Of The Call”.
The situation above is not uncommon.. Much worse many times. When a dark ally has a gang of thugs or your child has vanished, we depend on these incredible individuals to help us through some of the toughest times of our lives.
Just a reminder that in situations that make us recoil, run, or turn away, our law enforcement front line moves towards these people and events. The most unnatural act I can think of. Once again. I am grateful. Remember this the next time you see an officer having lunch. If the worst happens, the best reacts.