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Making a
Difference
When you become a police officer, you
can be absolutely certain of one thing...
you will make a difference.  The decisions
you make and the way you interact with
people will affect people's lives.  Whether
the effects you cause are positive or
negative is entirely up to you.  However,
the extent to which your efforts affect or
influence others will include factors too
many to count.  It should be obvious
that you'll affect the lives of those people
who are victims of crime and the criminals
who prey on them, but they're not the
only ones.  Everyone with whom you
interact, crime victims, other police
officers, and the public in general will all
experience some kind of impact from
association with you.
There's a lot of theories and attitudes
held by a lot of people that police work is
about everything except police work.  To
the consternation of many elitists, your
first and most important duty will always
be law enforcement.  However, that
doesn't mean that your normal day to
day behavior toward others will not have
impact.  Some of the positive results of
your behavior will be immediately
evident.  If you pull a child from the path
of a speeding car, the importance and
effect of that ultimate life saving act will
be obvious.  But... most of the positive
effects you have on others will never
become known to you.

However, now and then... a person will
approach you and say, "Thank you."  You
may remember the person, or you may
have no recollection of the person or
incident.  On the occasion when you can't
even remember the incident that is
evoking the thanks, that should give you
some idea of just how important
everything you say and do really is.
"On the occasion when you can't
even remember the incident that is
evoking the thanks, that should give
you some idea of just how important
everything you say and do really is."
~ Barry M. Baker
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