Sometimes I watch silently as my officers sit in roll call; they listen attentively as the Sergeant goes over new policies and passes out the hot sheet. They discuss officer safety issues and critique the way a call was handled the day before. They rib each other a bit, laugh a lot, maybe they complain a little…and that’s OK. That’s the way cops are….they have a lot to talk about!
Then they rise and carry their gear out to the marked cruiser. They search the back seat for any weapons or contraband that may have been hidden by prisoners; they test the flashers and siren, and check the shotgun. They sign on the computer, some say a little prayer, and now they are ready to go out and face the everyday challenges of being a Lorain Police Officer…to protect and serve!
For over 45 years I’ve watched this daily ritual… the veterans who’ve seen it all, the young rookies anxious to save the world…..different faces and personalities for sure…but the same commitment to the badge and everything that it stands for. It still gives me goosebumps in a way that only a cop can understand. I’m still in awe of everything that they do, day in and day out.