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The Police officers Oath

 

I........................DO SWEAR - THAT - I WILL WELL AND TRULY SERVE - OUR SOVEREIGN COUNTRY AND STATE - AS A POLICE OFFICER WITHOUT FAVOR OR AFFECTION - MALICE OR ILL-WILL - UNTIL I AM LEGALLY DISCHARGED - THAT I WILL SEE AND CAUSE OUR COMMUNITYS PEACE TO BE KEPT AND PRESERVED - AND THAT - I WILL PREVENT TO THE BEST OF MY POWER - ALL OFFENSES AGAINST THAT PEACE - AND THAT - WHILE I CONTINUE TO BE A POLICE OFFICER - I WILL - TO THE BEST OF MY SKILL AND KNOWLEDGE - DISCHARGE ALL THE DUTIES THEREOF - FAITHFULLY - ACCORDING TO LAW. SO HELP ME GOD. (Sample Oath)

 

When any officer is hired or completes their police academy they are required to take an oath. Too often as time wears on the police officer has forgotten their oath but do continue doing the best job they can for the department they serve. Police officers in the past took their oath to heart and worked hard and long hours serving their community. They didnt ask for raises or promotions or a pat on the back, they did their job until the day arrived they were eligible for one position or another. The police stuck together as family back then as they do today.

Police officers today do an incredible job considering everything that is required of them. First, they must understand the law before they can enforce it. Society has given them the dirty job of policing people or areas they themselves wouldnt do if given the responsibility. Police are held accountable for all actions good or bad. Police have to respond to dangerous calls sometimes without knowing all of the facts or details of the incident they are rolling in on. A domestic may have started out with some arguing before a gun came into the picture. Police officers are trained at the police academy for such incidents and that doesnt necessarily prepare them for the unexpected that can occur. When these type incidents happen, it can mean the death of a police officer(s).

Anytime a person becomes a police officer they take on a great deal of responsibility. They sometimes must go where others fear and or engage in a life and death struggle with a suspect. Enough good cannot be written or said about the police officer. They are the force that protects us day and night 24/7 or prevents greater disasters from occurring when they can. Police officers have saved more lives than taking any and must always be prepared to do whatever is required of them by their agencies. Most officers participate in children and elderly programs. They help the elderly with programs that can keep them safe from harm, abuse or fraud. They help the children in recognizing the benefits of being good and staying away from gangs, drugs or what to do if abused. This time is usually donated at the officers expense and because they believe in helping our elderly, and our young ones to grow up morally and right.

The next time you see a police officer remember that they are only human, have taken their oath and that they are trying to do their best in making society a better and safer place for you and I to live.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jim Heitmeyer was born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Paradise Valley. Jim joined the United States Marine Corps and completed his service to our country. Jim later joined the Oklahoma Army National Guards 745 Military Police Company. Jim served during the Just Cause war in Panama and Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm.  Jim Heitmeyer attained the rank of sergeant (E5).

 

Jim Hietmeyer is a retired lieutenant from the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office (Oklahoma).  After his retirement from the Oklahoma County Sheriffs Office he worked as a police officer for the Arcadia Police Department from 2001 through 2004.  During his career, he worked as a jailer, deputy sheriff, CLEET instructor, American Red Cross Instructor, and biohazards instructor.   He is the author of two books under the pen name of Jim Daly: Lockdown Madness and Behind Steel Doors.

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