We've driven by so many times-- never stopped but looked intently. Whether it be a car accident or a driver pulled over, law enforcement personnel put their lives in jeopardy daily in all aspects of duty. Take, for instance, the speeding driver who is stopped by police. The officer's car door opens. Will the suspect promptly speed away? And if they don't, what are the chances they have a gun? Will they shoot the officer once he/she is in view? What's their mental state? Step by step, the officer approaches. Anything could happen. The trained officer has to be ready for the unexpected.
While this scenario is not something the average citizen thinks about daily, we have to appreciate the efforts of the police department. Think about how reassuring it is that when citizens need their help, they are ready to serve with vigilance. They fight all crimes to keep peace in the community. Informing a family that their loved one has died is not a pleasant experience either.
Before relocating to Spencer, I lived in a city where there were drive-by shootings in the daytime, sometimes killing innocent children. They could be just inside playing with their toys but were, perhaps, too close to a window. A friend's son could be sitting on the front steps of a house and be shot by a car passing by. The gunshots could be direct , open fire or ricochet. There was no mercy to spare people. It was certain to see different types of crimes committed that made the front page of the daily newspaper, every day. I guess it makes me appreciate Spencer so much more. I don't think police/sheriffs departments are given the proper credit they deserve. Thank you, Spencer Police and Sheriff's Departments for keeping Spencer safe.