Let's put our heads together


This was on Weasel Zippers (ht/ mel)

Letting the police know they have public support is a great idea.

If you left a note on a police car, what would yours say? Mine wouldn’t say I “loved” them. That’s not the right tone, no offense intended to the Christensens, this was their heartfelt note and it’s nice. I like the part about “Don’t Let the Media Get You Down.”

Say some website was going to publish a card that would be left on a police card (looks around), something viral and ubiquitous, what would be a sentiment that most could get behind?

“You Do Your Job, We’ll Do Ours” sounds combative, and that tone is wrong, but it’s closer than “We Love You.”

It might be a tough task to come up with a universally accepted “note,” but let’s give it a whirl.

The thumbs will let us know which “note” would be supported most.

41 Comments on Let's put our heads together

  1. Sometimes you are forced to encounter some of the worst of society, Just to let you know there are thousands of us, right here in this town, who appreciate and support you. God bless you guys!

  2. Thank you for not raiding my house by mistake, then killing my pets, tossing the whole place into a shambles, and especially thank you for not shooting me.

    Keep up the good work!

  3. They probably didn’t teach about Sal Alinsky tactics in the academy, but that’s what the progressives, including the 0bama administration and Al Sharpton, are using to fan the flames of the anti-police movement they created.

    Just know that the good citizens will always stand with you, the same way our Founding Fathers would have done.

    Two more years and we can elect a real president who is not a race baiter and someone who actually loves America and wants to end the racial hatred against whites and police instead of encouraging it.

    Thank You for doing the job we hired you to do. Be careful out there, and don’t forget to vote. I’ll buy you a cup of coffee any time.

  4. “Thank you for not raiding my house by mistake,”

    You have a certain amount of control on how you are policed. Sheriffs are elected. Lot’s of Chiefs are elected. Ask questions during the election cycle. The cops on the beat get policy from the guy at the top.

  5. Society has to have police. Anarchy and self-policing does not work.
    Being anti-cop will get us nowhere. Being maudlin and slobbering over the police is also bad policy.
    We’re searching for a message that strikes that correct tone.

    It’s hard to write a hit song.

  6. This’ll never fly, but:
    Everytime an ObamaSon® tries to do you harm and gets sent to hell justice is served.

  7. If you’re fortunate enough to not be in one of those revenue generating locales (http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/200450/ – comments make for good reading too), I would keep it to something like this.

    I/we respect the authority vested in you by every one of us who live here to do your job. It’s not a job for just anyone, and it’s a burden that you are expected to get it precisely right, every time you’re on duty. I/we hope it’s lightened by my/our appreciation for what you do every day.

    After thousands of face to face encounters in the workplace and being pulled over maybe three times in a POV in 40 years, and even after one bad time with a small town untrained cop, I’ve never had an attitudinal problem with the police.

    Mainly because of the following three factors, my thinking is shaded with not a small degree of neutrality, as opposed to outright gratitude.
    Cranks, administrative or otherwise, who have enjoyed the power buzz a bit too long, like the one cited in the link above who view the populace as fleece donors.
    Rookies or worse – their supervisors – who should have been weeded out at the academy. Some jurisdictions and/or sheriff’s departments don’t even have them.
    And our mutual overlords who keep passing laws in the name of social engineering, control and revenue.

    On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce. Usually they greet this advice with something between skepticism and puzzlement, until I remind them that the police go armed to enforce the will of the state, and if you resist, they might kill you.-Stephen L Carter

    There’s been a whack of bad laws written. First pol that addresses the need to rescind/repeal them has my attention.

    Sorry to have gone long with this.

  8. If I may modify my original post:

    Thank you and your family for what you do. We support you in keeping your oath. Stay Safe,

  9. You have a difficult job. It is either mind-numbingly boring or you’re on the hot seat making split-second decisions. I pray for your safety, for wisdom, and skill. I hope you know that there are lots of good people that appreciate that you help keep our communities civilized. Thank you.

  10. “Good Citizens Support Good Cops
    The Rest Are Both Our Enemies”

    Put it on a bumper sticker and I’ll buy one.Damn Fur you are not just another pretty face.

  11. If you take the job expecting praise and fanfare, get another job. The expression: “Shot at and missed; shit at and hit.” is very apropos for our profession.

    I can recommend this for a note:

    “Thank you. May you retire in honor and good health.”

    That’s all I wanted.

  12. BB,
    I’m happy with it because it has nuance in it.
    It’s not a syrupy message and it delineates good versus bad, transcending the police uniform.

    Any citizen that protects a bad citizen (not snitching, not helping solve crimes, making up evidence to support an agenda or narrative) is not a good citizen.
    Any cop that supports a bad cop in any way (looking the other way to “get along” in the brotherhood, etc.) is a bad cop.

    Good cops shouldn’t be rewarded (with donuts or gift cards or whatever) because YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD.

  13. BFH, it’s perfect because in moves the debate to the middle. I’ve been all Pro LEO here mainly because I thought some of the attacks were a little over the top. I meet a LOT of LEO now days. At the range mainly and lot’s of cops actually own gun stores, Some of them will speak of improper training, comments like “I can’t even believe that guys on the street” type stuff. But improper training leads to bad policing. So there is a problem. I just don’t think it’s reached the magnitude some would like us to believe.

    Oh yea and on the other side of the bumper I’m putting a sticker that reads “Just because you carry a badge, don’t think you are better with a firearm then me.”

    On second thought, that might have a negative effect on sales.

  14. I really don’t have the slightest problem with people getting a little sappy if that’s how they feel. Sometimes any message of support like that is a real boost. It really helps if you have a relationship with a local cop – we have an awesome county Sheriff here – he has frequently stood for our 2A rights and would refuse to brook any outside interference with said rights. (also recently changed partys in a favorable direction)

    Dear Officer,
    Thanks for your dedicated service and helping to keep the good folks safe.

  15. Agreed, Sgt.
    That’s why I said it wasn’t my intent to deride the note the family wrote.
    That’s their opinion and choice.
    I’m trying to come up with one that isn’t purely cheerleading that doesn’t at all speak to the possibility that there are bad cops.
    I want a note that even the protestors can’t scoff at without looking like a-holes.
    I wouldn’t put the above note on a random cop car. The cop might be an a-hole, who knows?

  16. 7 of you looking out for 10,000 of us.

    Those of us who aren’t dope addicts, burglars, robbers, murderers, child molesters, rapists, speeders, drunks, or corrupt politicians appreciate all you do.

  17. In the post above there is a sign that says “We Back The Badge”. I like that. How about a note that says “I Back The Badge” or “I Back The Badge That Backs me”.

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