AND ALL EMERGENCY PERSONNEL
Please make this, Lord, a silent night, this one night of the year. No sirens wailing through the dark, no shouts of hate or fear.
No crumpled cars and twisted steel, no blood and tears that spill. No messages of grief to take to homes that suddenly grow still.
Please, King of Peace, no drunken fights that wreck the family tree and all the dreams of some small child who clings, in fear, to me.
Let travelers tread the tinseled streets safe from assault and harm. On this night, this special night, no blue lights, no alarms.
I'd like to be at home, Oh Lord, where spice and cedar scent the air. I hope the children don't wake up until I can be there.
Please make this, Lord, a silent night, no hate, or hurt, or crime. But if this cannot be, Oh Lord, help me get there in time.
Author - Unknown
In the POST academy, we had a couple of students who didn't like each other. The one who was real serious and hardcore, didn't like the ones who were happy-go-lucky and loved telling jokes. When bad mouthing wasn't working, the one student turned to tattle telling to the Sgt. His response to both of the platoons was homework. On 10-26-00, he sent us home to think about why we are going through the academy, and why do we want to do law enforcement. He thought that maybe we should think up a class motto. Oddly enough, as I look at the orig. piece of lined paper I was doodling on that night, I wrote down "United we stand, Divided we fall." Later that night, I could not think of anything else that sounded good. Then I looked at a copy of the Police Officers Code of Ethics that the Sgt. have given us weeks earlier. That code was my inspiration for the following:
A Ray of Light
My fundamental duty is to serve mankind, living in a society where kindness goes blind.
To protect the innocent against deception, for without that we would have no direction.
Covering the weak against oppression or intimidation, as it is understood that is pure predatation.
Helping the peaceful against violence or disorder, and finding my niche within that border.
Respecting the Constitutional rights of all men and women to equality, justice and liberty, as that was the general plan started by my ancestry.
Recognizing the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, shining so bright, praying my strength will never waiver being this ray of light.
Standing strong side by side with my fellow peace officers of varying
I will remain honorable, true and dedicated to my chosen profession of law enforcement.
Melinda McAlister 10-26-00 firstname.lastname@example.org
Westport, MA 02790