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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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