November 29th, 2009

R.I.P. American Brothers & Sister

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Years ago I used to be friendly with police officers from Europe & the USA. I was a keen member of the International Police Association & used to be in regular contact with foreign police officers, either through my various trips to Europe or via regular contact in writing. This was before email was popular (or even known about) & people still had ‘pen pals’.

Over the years I hosted quite a few officers in my home. Several of them were American. Their stay usually included a tour of the police station & maybe a patrol or two. Some of them were totally unaware that we are unarmed. Most of them said they wouldn’t do out job without going on duty with at least one firearm. One, a firearms instructor, didn’t even go out to his local shopping mall, off duty, without a handgun.

There are times when I’m glad I’m not doing the job out there.

Four American police officers have been shot & killed whilst they prepared for the start of their shift sitting, in uniform, in a coffee shop outside the McChord Airbase near Tacoma, Washington. A lone gunman is said to have targeted them by walking into the shop & gunning down 3 male & 1 female officers.

The Officer Down Memorial Page lists 107 officers (not including today’s four) killed on duty so far this year, including 38 killed by gunfire.


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  1. Tom Gane says:

    My fear 200, is that American trends seem to find themselves over the pond. G_d help us!!

    November 30th, 2009 at 13:45

  2. rafanon says:

    No matter what nationality, the death of anyone is hard but the death of someone just trying to do the right thing and make life better for the innocent is particulary upsetting.

    R.I.P All hero’s.

    November 30th, 2009 at 16:04

  3. Tony F says:

    I agree with both Tom and rafanon.

    November 30th, 2009 at 18:53

  4. copper bottom says:

    R.I.P. brothers.

    November 30th, 2009 at 19:31

  5. Bill Vicente says:

    Thanks.. I was a police officer in St.Louis MO. I have been to England twice. Only one day in London. Rest of time in black country, Doncaster and various parts of Scotland. You are some vary gutsy coppers. If you wish to communicate I will be glad to reply….Bill

    February 1st, 2011 at 23:59

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