By Sheriff Bill Prummell
Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – I take this opportunity to say thank you on behalf of all the members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. Recent tragic events have rocked our country.
Our community has shown its overwhelming support for the Sheriff’s Office. Simple acts of kindness through flowers and goodies and most especially your taking the time to walk up to one of our Sheriff’s Office personnel just to say thank you. All are greatly appreciated. And to the gentlemen who tried to buy me lunch, the gesture was a reward in itself.
Law enforcement officers are human. Therefore, by definition not perfect. However, the large majority of law enforcement officers around the nation have chosen their profession for all the right reasons.
To give back, make our communities a better place and provide for the safety and security of the citizens they have sworn to serve and protect. Today police officers are better equipped and trained than ever before. However, nothing removes the always variable human factors in citizen contact with a police officer. Even with that human factor and highly charged emotional circumstances, there are hundreds of thousands, if not millions of law enforcement/citizen contacts that occur each and every day that we do not hear about. That is because everything went right. What is publicized over and over and over again in the relentless 24-hour news cycle are those very nominal number of incidents where things are perceived as wrong or in fact tragically went wrong.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown had stated too much of our country’s social ills are being put upon law enforcement’s shoulders. I agree. Today law enforcement is expected to not only enforce the laws, but to be a marriage counselor, a social worker, a parent, referee, a psychologist and psychiatrist, among other things. Until there are changes, your Charlotte County Sheriff Office is addressing all this 24÷7÷365.
Our most important role is as leaders of our community addressing each citizen encounter with professional effort to make the interaction one that everyone can be proud of. When we are called upon we are looked to for help and answers. It doesn’t matter if the officer is a 21-year-old rookie or the Sheriff; each officer is expected to know how to bring it to a successful, uneventful conclusion. Each officer does his or her best to do just that, sometimes in the most difficult of circumstances. Every officer sees it as a failure if the citizen asks the question “Who is protecting us from the police?”
Our country is a very diverse nation with a complex society whose fabric of races, religions, and political beliefs that we all must respect. Our rights are established by our forefathers in our Constitution. Law enforcement is charged with enforcing the laws that flow from that Constitution. That often does not make police officers popular. What we should all agree upon as citizens of this great Nation, is the enforcement of the law through mutual respect is what separates order and chaos.
Charlotte County Sheriff’s officers endeavor to maintain the open dialogue and partnerships with every citizen. Your recent show of support demonstrates we are moving in the right direction. Again, on behalf of the all the members of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Thank You and God Bless you and this great nation.
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