New Year Message from Sgt. M. Dwyer
Monday, January 9th, was National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. On that very day two officers in Florida made the ultimate sacrifice while trying to apprehend a suspect believed to have murdered his pregnant girlfriend, while in Washington D.C. a decision was being made to re-hang a picture depicting police officers as pigs on Capitol Hill.
Just last night a DPS officer was ambushed and shot while investigating a roll-over accident and ultimately saved by a citizen hero, while this morning the U.S. Justice Department released its report on the Chicago Police Department stating it has identified a "...pattern or practice of use of excessive force."
To say it is an interesting time to be an officer is the proverbial understatement.
So with the turning of the year I thought it a good time to make sure you, the residents we serve, understand that as Phoenix Police Officers it does not matter to us what race you are, what religion you belong to, what socio-economic situation you are in, what your sexual orientation is or what any of the myriad things that make you unique are.
What matters are the actions people take; we police illegal activity we do not police people.
I know you have heard this before, but I think it imperative you hear it from me and from my officers. You know us and have worked with us. Many of you know our stories and we yours. We have made each other angry and made each other laugh. We have shared both tragedy and triumph, broke bread and drank coffee...so much coffee. You know us and I hope with that knowledge comes credibility.
My officers are part of the community they serve, your community. And my officers ARE the Phoenix Police Department. They embody what our Department stands for: fair and just policing for every citizen. Just this morning one of my officers, talking about her work with the community, commented that "...I can't even pretend to not care, because the fact is I do." And the fact is she speaks for all my officers.
While giving an update on his wounded officer Col. Milstead, the Director of DPS said, “Everybody wants to make this job seem easy, that anybody could do it. Well, I will tell you that not everybody can do this job." I wholeheartedly agree with Col. Milstead that the job of police officer is challenging, but I would like to add that without you, our citizen partners, the job of police officer would be impossible.
Thanks for your time and happy new year.
Sgt. M. Dwyer
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