Cops and Kids

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I know I wrote most recently about Renters Insurance, and I still have more information about that to share, but I just needed to write this.  I saw a Facebook post from a high school classmate of mine who happens to be a cop. He posted a photo of himself eating lunch in uniform and a 3 or 4 year old boy sitting next to him.  The story is that while he was eating with his partner, the child just climbed up and sat there smiling at him while he ate.  This is just too good to pass up.  When I was a kid I remember my parents telling me that the police were my friends.  They told me that if I was ever lost or in trouble, to look for a policeman and ask for help.  I am afraid too many people to not give this advice to their kids today.

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Many of you may not know, but for about a year I tried to be a cop.  Turns out my temperament is just not suited for that profession, but I remember a couple times during that year watching mothers scaring their young children by telling them "If you don't behave, I will tell that cop to take you to jail".  My training officer would get furious and once approached the mother and scolded her.  He asked her "If you son ever gets separated from you and is lost, who would you rather he ask for help in finding you, me, another cop, or a stranger who might just be a child molester, drug pusher or worse."  She did not have a response.

I am very happy to see any young boy or girl look up to a uniformed officer with respect and friendship.  They could not find a better hero.  I am sure the event made my classmate's day.  I know I loved it when a youngster would approach me and ask questions or just want to talk.  I pray God bless all the men and women who put on that uniform.  It is a thankless and dangerous job.  May he keep them safe.

Comments (2)

Paul Lesieur
203kloanmn - North Oaks, MN

Had my neighbor try and scare my daughter with the cops thing. My daughter and her friend pick lilacs for their Moms.

I grounded my kid for a week, she didn't need to hear the "I'm calling the cops to have you arrested".

The girls did wrong but they were just showing love to their moms.

Jul 11, 2011 06:18 AM
Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga

Hi Jeff, what a great post. I teach my seven year old to respect the police, firemen and the military. We always say hi and or wave when we see them in uniform. They will usually have him come over and shake his hand, say a few words like listen to your mom and dad, or to just say keep being a good little boy. I also have him open doors when he sees a lady approaching. He really gets a kick out of it.

Jul 11, 2011 06:23 AM