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    Oldie but Goodie time.

    What are policemen made of?

    By Paul Harvey


    A Policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

    Gulled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers, underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "new". What they really mean is that they are exceptional , unusual, not commonplace.

    Buried under the frost is the fact: Less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergy!

    What is a policeman made of? He, of all men, is once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "fuzz" to his back

    He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

    But...
    If the policeman is neat, he's conceited; if he's careless, he's a bum. If he's pleasant, he's flirting; if not, he's a grouch.

    He must make an instant decision which would require months for a lawyer to make.

    But...
    If he hurries, he's careless; if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with his diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and, above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp. Or expect to be sued.

    The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn't hurt.He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being "brutal". If you hit him, he's a coward. If he hits you, he's a bully.

    A policeman must know everything-and not tell. He must know where all the sin is and not partake.

    A policeman must, from a single strand of hair, be able to describe the crime, the weapon and the criminal- and tell you where the criminal is hiding.

    But...
    If he catches the criminal, he's lucky; if he doesn't, he's a dunce. If he gets promoted, he has political pull; if he doesn't, he's a dullard. The policeman must chase a bum lead to a dead-end, stake out ten nights to tag one witness who saw it happen-but refused to remember.

    The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

    And, of course, he'd have to be genius...
    For he will have to feed a family on a policeman's salary.



    Paul Harvey says " Don't credit me with this mongrel prose - it has many parents, at least 420,000 of them - all Policemen."

    Dont forget this was many years ago so the 420,000,figure has changed dramatically.

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    Thats good stuff....I always liked Paul Harvey. His son is doing his show much of the time now since Paul's voice is so infirm. When I read such things, it reminds me of all the things we find as challenges and all the little victories we achieve when we succeed in being "that guy".

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