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It could be a father, son, sister, brother or mother
A patrolman, detective, command officer or some other
Who puts their life on the line for crime to fight
Always on duty; morning, noon and night

These are the people on the backside of the shield
With power to arrest only one of which they yield
Let us not forget that there is a person, much like you and me
Who is on the backside of the badge and is our safety trustee

But who protects those who dare to serve and protect
To stand in their defense as they often risk their neck
Sometimes it seems if the backing is just not there
While they know that there are people who really do care

So for those who appreciate the men and women who professionally protect and serve
Please give them the support and acknowledgement they so much deserve
A difficult and dangerous job these protectors perform
Let us bring back support and make respect for them the norm.

©Kent Fletcher
January 9, 2016


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 can be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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