Three Years

November 28, 2008 was the launch date for this blog and there is value in the saying of “how things change, how much stays the same” as I’ve similar feelings from when the blog was launched and on its one year anniversary in 2009.

I’ll not be the one to tell you being a police officer is all roses, but the rewards far outweigh the difficulties.  There are long and odd hours, missed weekends and stress on the body.  The men and women who have chosen this ultimately rewarding law enforcement career know it comes with some amount of sacrifice and understand the merit of contributing to our society as a whole.

Officer’s families make similar sacrifices and it rests with the officer to ensure his or her family is acknowledged and thanked for their supporting role.  I, for one, could not do this job if it weren’t for the love and support of my husband, children, family (thanks mom and dad!) and friends, which is important, as they are the main reason behind my continued passion for and involvement in policing.  Even though I long-ago found my purpose in law enforcement, the ‘purpose’ itself is forever evolving and I am constantly evaluating what it actually is and what it means.

Everyone must find their own purpose – what is yours?

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The end of 2011 is fast approaching.  Wasn’t it just last month I started my dog-handling career?  Of course not – years have passed, and I can count my time remaining as a dog handler in the same fashion new mothers give the age of their babies – 24 months, 18 months, 12 months… This time frame is the only downside to having a dog as a partner, because their lives are so much shorter than ours.  Those who have dogs in their lives, regardless if the dog is a work partner, assistance dog, pet or companion, will know exactly what I’m talking about.

The end of 2011 also brings a close to a memorable year, during which the world’s cameras were zoomed in and focused on Vancouver on June 15, 2011.

All of us know the riot is a black mark against Vancouver – it will take a while for the mark to wear away and I’m okay with that.  It should take some time for the wound to heal, because if it heals too quickly we may forget how poorly our City was treated.

Perhaps that should be one of our purposes as Vancouverites – to remain passionate about our City and to always remember what happened while at the same time not allowing it to consume us in continued anger and/or fear.  There must be continued growth, at all levels of policing and citizenship, if we are to learn from the events and the aftermath of June 15th.

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From a blogging perspective, it’s a been a steady if somewhat leaner year in regards to posts.  I’ve finally added Twitter to the blog as it’s much easier to blast out information in 140 characters than to sit at a computer and craft a post….somehow, though, Twitter’s ease feels like cheating on an exam…besides, if given the choice between quality and quantity, I always prefer the former, particularly for important stuff.

Give-aways always tally the most comments (who doesn’t like free stuff??) and I’ve a couple of give-aways lined up for the new year – one is a signed novel written by a fellow VPD officer…it’s a great read and I’ll share more about it in January.

Posts on what actually happens in police work garner more focused and sometimes critical attention.  The ‘In the Line of Duty‘ series resulted in many comments and emails on the topic of when a police officer is killed and what citizens and officers can do to prevent similar tragedies.

Sgt. Ryan Russell (Toronto Metropolitan Police Service, Ontario), Constable Garrett Styles (York Regional Police Service, Ontario) and Officer Vincent Roy (Police de Bromont, Quebec) all made the ultimate sacrifice in 2011.

They will never be forgotten.

 

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Then there’s you, the reader.  You are a lively bunch with your comments!  Even so, email tends to be the way most of you communicate, especially if you come to the blog through my articles in The Vancouver Sun.  Dozens of you get in touch every month and I read every single email.  Thank you for your continued support of police officers everywhere.

Here’s a little bit about you, the reader:

  • in order of the volume of readers, you are from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, South Africa, India, the Philippines and Spain
  • 706 of you have clicked the “Who Are You?” poll on the right side bar – I won’t list the results here as you can simply look to your right and view the results
  • you love to read and look at photos of police dogs, as every time there is a ‘give-away’, site visits skyrocket
  • you obviously care about your law enforcement officers
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At the very root of it, this blog is for you.  It’s my attempt to bridge the gap between what people think happens in policing and what actually happens.  Law enforcement is glorified on television and in movies, and even though some episodes and scenes are very realistic, there remains the fact that serious crimes are rarely solved in a one hour time slot.
I hope to continue bridging the gap into 2012 and it looks like I’ll have a lot of help.  Fellow VPD police blogger Steve Addison is doing a great service by shedding light on the working lives of officers in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and I’m sure more police bloggers will eventually make the leap into going public with their stories.
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Christmas is in just over 48 hours from now and I am really looking forward to spending the day with my family and loved ones.  I am fortunate enough to have the day off this year and it’s a day off I will not take for granted.
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To everyone – Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Season’s Greetings – whatever you celebrate and where ever you are from – enjoy the holiday season.  May you stay safe.

 

 

 

 

 

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