August 25, 2014

Dear Friends and Family of the Diocese of Eau Claire,

I don’t think I could ever be a police officer. It seems you are constantly dealing with the negative behaviors of people. This would depress me. I have several friends who are cops. One is my neighbor. I find him to be cheerful and fun to be around. Another officer is a godfather to one of my children. You couldn’t find anyone with a better sense of humor.

The police are acutely aware of public relations. The best departments are those that retain good relationships with all people—young and old. As a boy I learned that the policeman was my friend. In contrast my son grew up hating the police. He changed after living near a police officer. Our neighbor became his friend.

Obviously there is a stern side to any officer. Police are entrusted with authority and are duty bound to enforce the laws. It is sad when this is the only side of a police officer the public sees. Very few officers get a kick out of controlling others. The majority don’t like writing tickets or arresting people.

We do much better in this life when we consider the difficulties other people face. How would you like to live in a cop’s shoes? Police officers work to provide a safe environment for everyone. This isn’t easy. Let’s give thanks for those who make our world a better place. The police are definitely in that group. With my love and best wishes, I am,

Your brother in Christ,