To the Editor:
It is a very rare event, indeed, when I pause in my daily activities and offer praise for no particular reason. I do so at this point in time due to the very, very unusual circumstances that are occurring in our great nation.
I have seen a lot in my 78 years on this planet. However, I have never, never seen anything remotely akin to the events involving our law enforcement communities for the past several weeks. I won’t refer to those events as we all have witnessed them via our national and local media.
However, based on what I have witnessed and what I absolutely know from experience, I feel I must pass along the following to you, the good, honest, hard-working citizens of Jackson County.
I refer to the Sylva Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, NCHP and the JCSO’s SRO Unit. I do not personally know any employees of these departments nor have I had any interaction with any employee of these departments.
Additionally, my wife and I only recently, after Hurricane Michael, moved to the Sylva area. So, my opinion of these agencies is purely based on fact, rather than supposition. And, as a career law enforcement officer, and like many others, I am highly critical of any and all wrongdoings of any peace officer. Most of us are hard-working, responsible members of the community who strive simply to keep the peace. Unfortunately, there are some who, for whatever reason, have a different agenda. And those are the ones who gain all the attention; not the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day, day in, day out.
Try putting yourself in a peace officer’s boots. You can’t do it. You cannot experience what these men and women go through unless you, “walk a mile in their boots”. And they do it every single day; on duty and “off duty”, for, a peace officer is never, never, truly off duty.
So, to the men and women of the above mentioned agencies, thank you for your service. I have observed you conducting your daily business, and I am very impressed with the professional manner in which you present yourself to the general public.
At a time when all law enforcement officers are under the proverbial microscope, you have all conducted yourselves in a manner that deserves a very large, “Thank you”, for all you do for all of us; our children, our families, everyone, good and bad.
Thank you for being there when we are in dire need of your services as well as when you are simply present.