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What are Policemen made of?

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by jwagess, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. jwagess


    Aug 23, 2006
    By Paul Harvey
    Don't credit me with the mongrel prose: it has many parents-at least 420,000 of them: Policemen.

    A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

    Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "new". What they really mean is that they are exceptional, unusual, not commonplace.

    Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergy!

    What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz" to his back

    He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

    But...If the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's flirting;if not, he's a grouch.

    He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.

    But...If he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

    The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt.He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal". If you hit him, he's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully.

    A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.

    A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.

    But...If he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.

    The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

    And, of course, he'd have to be genius....For he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary.

    I remember Paul reading this many years ago one might, while I was working the night shift. Thought I'd share with you youngsters:wavey:
  2. Mayhem like Me

    Mayhem like Me Semper Paratus

    Mar 13, 2001
    Not a chance

  3. BL33D 4 M3

    BL33D 4 M3 SDMF

    Nov 19, 2005
    Chicago/North Burbs
    I remember this. Good stuff.
  4. Sharkey


    Nov 21, 2006
    DFW, TX
    Dang, I was gonna say - frogs n snails n puppy dog tails.
  5. razdog76

    razdog76 Heavy Mettle

    Sep 26, 2007
    Hmm, various pork products?:supergrin:
  6. opelwasp

    opelwasp ZOG/MORON LUBE

    Nov 22, 2005
    Northern California
    Paul Harvey, a man, and a legend. I have much respect for that man. God rest his soul.
  7. x_out86


    Feb 19, 2007

    You have to watch this video of him reading it...For some reason I get much more emotional hearing it from such a person as Paul Harvey speaking such kind words.
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011
  8. Good stuff, thanks for posting!
  9. bigskinny


    May 14, 2010
    Central Illinois
    Donuts. :tongueout:

    Sorry,just could'nt resist.:supergrin:
  10. 3Speedyfish3


    Jun 12, 2011
    That really captures the double-edged sword to being a police officer. No good work appreciated, no good act not suspect, no compensation enough for the human wrongs seen. And we come back each shift for more... I'm proud to work alongside you guys.

  11. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Paul Harvey is an exceptional and so are his viewpoints.