We really never know what a day might bring us when we show up to work. Sometimes it can be very stressful. Other times it can “quiet”, which is a word many officers don’t like to say believing it will cause the call load to suddenly spike. There are times when officers go home emotionally exhausted and, admittedly, from time to time they wonder if their efforts have gone unnoticed. “Thank yous” can be few and far between at times, but every now and then we get a smile.
Mrs. Davis’ 3rd grade class recently sent us smiles in the form of several letters. They told the officers they were studying heros and wanted to thank them for the work they do. Some of them had questions. LouLu asked what my favorite time of the day is and Abby asked if we stayed up the entire night when we are working. LouLu, my favorite time of the day, when I was still working in a patrol car, was just before sunset, when the weather was warm. I would drive with my patrol car windows down and listen for the sounds and mood of the city. I could tell if the city was bustling and busy or calm and quiet by the sounds. And Abby, yes, there are always some of us up all night, watching out to make sure you and your family are safe.