Shake an officer's hand (Letter)

I heard on the news a couple of weeks ago that some police department in Arizona purchased body cameras for all of its officers. I think that is a great idea. Years ago a police officer was well respected. This day and age, they aren't respected nearly as much. There are people nowadays who are out to get police officers in a lot of trouble. They will lie just to do it. They will go to any length to get the officer in trouble, even to the point of losing his job. These body cameras don't lie. Every officer should have one.

A lot of people don't realize how hard the job is. The average person doesn't see what police have to put up with. Law enforcement has the highest divorce rate of any line of work. They have to deal with people who are drunk, reckless drivers, family fights, etc. The list goes on. They also have to go and notify someone that a family member was killed in an auto accident or pull a child out of a pool.

My wife and I used to live in Riverside, Calif. One of our church friend's husband was a CHP. She told us it took him two hours to unwind when he came home from work. She said she left him alone.

Anytime you see a police officer, tell that officer thank you for the job they do and shake the officer's hand. That gesture might make that officer's day.

Ronney L. Case

Golden Valley