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Roll Call Is Done; Time to Hit the Street

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Roll call is done; it is time to hit the street.
In the next several hours what will I meet?
Will it be boredom, excitement or danger?
Will this shift bring a real game changer?

Officers conduct this self-inquiry each time a tour begins,
However they have little control on how the tour ends.
Each event is handled as it arises,
But sometimes the most routine can hold surprises.

We depend on our training as to how to handle the call,
But our instincts often prevail to save us from a fall.
Our guard we must always keep at the ready;
Our demeanor expected to be seen as calm and steady.

Roll call is done; it is time to hit the street.
I pray to my God for safety on my beat.
My family knows the danger that each tour brings,
So Lord protect us from those dangerous things.

©Kent Fletcher
December 2015




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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