“Keeping The Streets Safe Is A Calling”, Says A Police Officer

A Watertown police officer on duty outside 39 ...

A Watertown police officer on duty outside 39 Waverley Avenue, on the morning of a FBI raid connected with the 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt investigation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(In the very words of a Police Officer who left this as a comment on my “About”. It touched the very core of my heart and I wanted to share it with you, my blogger friends)

“Not many understand the Job. Fewer understand that our families bear the burden and brunt of what must be experienced during any given tour of duty, and then carrying the scars, back home at the end of the shift. Being able to be there to help others is the reward of knowing you did your job and helped another person. The reality of it is, I missed birthdays. I missed anniversaries. I worked almost every holiday. I missed social functions. I disappointed my wife and kids by not being there for them, as I was in Central Booking, or the District Attorney’s office, or Criminal Court, or State Supreme Court, or the Grand Jury, or training, or filling an absentee slot that could not go unmanned, or hunting down someone that society could not bear to have loose preying on a community. During my years, I made 574 arrests and earned 48 citations. Many others, did much, much more, and paid a greater price of alienation from friends and family. It’s a thankless job, that only became more and more political in nature, as time progressed. Keeping the streets safe, is a Calling. I continue to notice things amiss with people on the street. Many times, I revert back into an on-duty mode, when something of a criminal nature occurs. Today’s cops, don’t even ask if I was a cop, because when we talk, they know it, within the first few seconds. In my heart and in my brain, I am still, a cop.

Keeping a balance between time for the loved ones and the demands of the job of protecting us from all evils becomes very hard for a Police Officer. The balance always tips towards public service and keeping our world safe, even if the cost of it is alienation from friends and family or losing a family altogether. He makes these sacrifices to lead a lonely life but that of honor and respect to serve and protect us. Who else in the world would do this for us but a Police Officer? Whenever we evaluate him for his spirit and his courage we must keep the Leader of the Nation’s commitments in sight. His high ideals must be fully understood while making any assessment about him. His personal sacrifices are enormous. Saving lives and helping others at all times is a priority. In his heart and in his brain, a cop remains a cop forever.

A Police Officer—- “Champion Love maker and Leader Of Men”

If you could not feel tenderness and hurt,

if you could live in the poorhouse of not-wanting

and never be indignant,

if you could take two steps away from the beautiful one

you want so much to lie down with,

if you could trust that there is a spirit wife for you somewhere,

a nest, a jewel setting where when you sit down

you know you have always wanted to be,

if you could quit living here and go there,

if you could remember clearly what you have done.

But strong hooks hold you in the wind,

So many people love you.

You mix with the color and the smell and the taste

of your surroundings, Champion Lovemaker and Leader of Men,

You cannot give up your public fascination

or your compassion for the dying.

(Maulana Jalaludin Rumi)

About samina iqbal

I am a free lance writer who loves to write on social issues in particular. I am a house wife and my husband Dr. Shams Iqbal offers all the support and encouragement so that I can pursue my passion for authorship and other cause which is dear to me. My lifelong mission in life is to offer my support for the police officers who need to be supported and protected by general public like us. My inspiration to do this comes from my personal experiences of some of the greatest police officers whom I have witnessed do great deeds for the good of humanity. I am so inspired and fascinated to support this law enforcement group. On the other hand I like music, movies specially classics, I am a fashion geek, English and American literature are my passions.
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39 Responses to “Keeping The Streets Safe Is A Calling”, Says A Police Officer

  1. Ed says:

    For most folks its a thankless job, I’m glad you are here to thank and support the law enforcement officers from around the world… :-))


    • Thanks Ed for such kind words of appreciation. I am trying to do my best so that most people get to appreciate what our protectors do for us every minute of the day and at what cost. Thanks for the lovely comment. You take care on your journey of life on the road my friend. Be safe and happy.


  2. I’m also touched by your posts, Samina, but this one really struck a chord. Thank you for sharing this officer’s beautiful words, obviously written straight from his heart. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you so much Jill. I know you are always so appreciative of my posts and encourage me enormously by your lovely comments. These beautiful words coming from the heart of the police officer really touch our hearts and souls. As I am learning more and more about the intricacies of the job of our protectors I am more and more appreciative of their role in society. I respect and honor you the most since it is always a great pleasure to know such an endearing and noble soul like yourself. Only people who are much superior than ordinary human beings can be Police Officers. I have come to this conclusion my friend. Lots of love and cyber hugs from me. Take care and be safe. God bless you and your family.


  3. Stefania says:

    My respect and admiration for police officers who sacrifice their personal lives in order to be a true professional and we would be safe!
    Thank you for sharing this message that touched my soul!
    You have a wonderful weekend, dear Samina! With much love, Stefania! 🙂


    • Thank you so much Stefania for such a lovely comment and for expressing your feelings which come from your heart. I am very happy that this message touched your soul as it touched mine as well. You too have a lovely weekend my friend. Lots of love and hugs.


  4. reocochran says:

    The message was wonderful and heartfelt. I think it is amazing how you show us the humanity in the ones who “serve and protect” us. Thanks so much!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you so much Robin for great words of honor for me. They have made me feel full of pride. Take care and enjoy the weekend my friend. God bless you.


      • reocochran says:

        They have a tough road to walk, from this story to the one with “Tears” in it. They can never be given the accolades enough for what they do for us. There are few and far between “bad cops” and we need to recognize their service. Your blog is inspiring!


  5. What a wakeup call and important reminder as to how fortunate our society is to have people who feel this “calling.” I am indebted and grateful.
    Thank you, Samina, for a wonderful post.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Thanks so much Shelley for such kind words. I agree with you that we are very fortunate to be living in this part of the world where we are secure and protected by our protectors, who put their lives on line for us to be safe. I feel so happy when i receive such wonderful comments. Thanks once again and you take care, and be careful of the “gates of hell”. What a wonderful post. I enjoyed it throughly. Have a lovely week.


  7. belsbror says:

    Hi! I nominated you for the Semper Fidelis and You’re a Miracle Blogger Awards. Please get the badges at http://wp.me/s32YrK-service and get more info. Have a wonderful day. 🙂


    • Thanks so much my friend for the lovely awards and I feel very honored to be nominated for these special awards. Your post for the awards is wonderful. Congratulations for winning these well deserved awards. Take care and have a lovely week.


      • belsbror says:

        You are welcome. 🙂
        I admire your work for law enforcement agencies. It takes hard work. A miracle, perhaps. 🙂
        Keep going.
        Thanks for the support. 🙂


  8. inkspeare says:

    Beautiful message and truth. Thank you for keeping this blog 🙂


    • Thank you so much for such kind words of appreciation my friend. With the encouragement of my blogger friends I feel proud to have this blog that fulfills my lifelong passion of supporting our protectors. Thanks for a lovely comment. Take care and God bless.


  9. nightlake says:

    You are doing a commendable job here


  10. Thank you, Samina, for sharing this powerful letter. The writer says it so clearly and beautifully, and it would be a pity if we missed his impassioned wisdom by not seeing all of your commenters’ notes!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Pleasure is mine Kathryn. These beautiful words of the police officer have touched hearts of all of us. I am lucky to spread such messages through my blog. Thanks for the visit my friend and such a lovely comment. It inspires and motivates me to carry on my mission to support our protectors. Take care and God bless.


  11. terrepruitt says:

    I am always thankful to the officers AND their families because I know it takes special people to be in either/both roles. Not one I could be in. So I am ever grateful to those who do it.

    I am also grateful for your blog because you help bring attention and credit to those heroes. Thanks.!

    Liked by 1 person

    • I agree with you my friend that police officers and their families are very very special people and we can honor and respect them for their greatness and selflessness . Thanks for such a lovely comment about my blog. It has made my day knowing how well it is appreciated by my blogger friends. Our hats off to our heroes. Take care and God bless.

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  12. Beautifully written!
    I agree with you that keeping the streets safe is a calling.
    The sacrifices and commitments required to do a good job as a police officer is beyond what just anybody can handle.
    It takes one who is strong, and has a heart for the people.
    Lovely post!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you my friend for such kind words and a beautiful comment. The reason for replying so late is that your comment somehow landed in spam and when I was checking the spam folder as my friend had advised me to do so, I found so many of my friend’s comments. Sorry for this but it was not my fault and I hope you forgive me. I value your input and I am always thankful for your visit. Thanks once again and take care. See you soon.


  13. I commend you again Samina, it is sad that when we mostly hear about the Police it is negative and yet they do a wonderful job of protecting us and yes as you shared even risking their lives to do so and giving up family and free time to fulfil their roll. I have always had deep respect for the Police, I remember one time being very upset to hear them called pigs, no doubt it was by someone who had done evil or perhaps just got a ticket for speeding.

    People cry out against good Laws that are for our protection even though they are needed, and so are God’s Laws or guidelines, I thought of Him when in your reference to a Policeman you said….. That Saving lives and Helping others at all times was their priority…. This is God’s Priority too and His sacrifice was greater than any of Mankinds…. His guidelines are for our good not to hurt us.

    Thank you again Samina and God bless you greatly for your strong stand in upholding the Police in the good they do.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne


    • Thank you so much Anne for such a wonderful comment. Comments like these from my blogger friends always lift up my spirits, and make my passion to support the Police Officers even stronger. Your words are full of wisdom and I appreciate that you have mentioned that good laws are there for our protection and so are God’s Laws which protect us against everything bad. It is my pleasure that good friends like yourself encourage me in this noble mission. Lots of Love and hugs for you. Take care and God bless.


  14. Indira says:

    It touched my heart too. Yours is a very different blog. Nice job drawing attention to their good side. God bless you.


    • Yes Indira, very few people know the truth about the effects of the job of our protectors on their family life. Thanks for the appreciation of my blog my friend. It makes my day. Take care and enjoy a lovely weekend.


  15. GOD bless our police officers two and four-legged! Melody


  16. Amen. I agree with you 100% Medley. Four legged are the best supporters and friends of the two legged. God bless them both and keep them safe. Take care and thanks for the lovely comment and your visit. Have a lovely week.


  17. I just love your blog, the way you share the hopes, plights of cops is priceless. keep it up my dear friend. hope cops of India too read about these cops and change their ways 🙂


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