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It is not just another profession

On your soul this job leaves an impression

The sights your eyes are forced to see

Can make one for their sanity plea


You take an oath to enforce the laws

Then in the system you discover the flaws

You risk your life each day you go to work

Chasing and arresting some stupid jerk


Then there are those moments when you think you understand

Why you chose to do this job and to take a stand

The look on a mothers face when you find her missing child

Or when an air tight case against a thug you have compiled


Some of the things you encounter you can never forget

The thought of them brings on a cold sweat

A childs lifeless body lying on the road

People trapped in a vehicle about to explode


Fresh blood steaming on a cold winter night

From a young man stabbed to death in a fight

A mothers screams of horror upon being told of her childs death

The strong smell of alcohol on a drunk drivers breath


What brings a person back to this job each day

One thing for sure it is rarely the pay

It has to be a calling of sort

Because it sure has the makings of a life cut short


Whatever the reason that we heed the call

Its a job that requires giving your all

It takes support from people like you

On those very tough days to get us through


So when you see an officer in blue, brown or gray

Take a moment and to GOD pray

Pray for our families their support is a must

Pray for our safety IN GOD WE DO TRUST


Kent Fletcher July 10, 2007



Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He ca be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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