May 15th, 2010

Hymn to the Fallen

Posted in The Job - General by 200


“Freedom requires a sacrifice that the protected will never know.”

So said Detective Michael Larkins of Baltimore Police, USA. It’s National Police Week in the States when thousands of officers pay their respects to the fallen. Police cruisers from all over the country drive the streetsn of Washington as a mark of respect to officers killed in the line of duty.

The closing ceremony was attended by President Obama. He said Americans “rely on a certain order in our lives, a certain sense of security. What makes it possible, what makes freedom possible, are the law enforcement officials that we honor today.”

116 police officers died in the line of duty in 2009.

The Officer Down Memorial Page exists to record all those officer killed in the USA

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  1. rafanon says:

    ….and Cameron just wants to find anyone that’ll help him get power. Puts our lot to shame.

    May 16th, 2010 at 10:15

  2. Fee says:

    God rest all their souls.

    May 16th, 2010 at 10:17

  3. shijuro says:

    yes rafanon… Did you see the clip of when President Obama visited Brown?

    Obama walked up to 10 Downing Street and without hesitation (he actually changed direction to do so too) reached out and shook the hand of the bobby on post outside of the door…

    Brown ignored the officers outstretched hand and looked at him as if he had crawled out from under a rock.

    For me, that spoke louder than all of the pay dispute and broken promises…

    He showed in that simple gesture, exactly what he thought of us. Equally, it showed the massive gulf between the thinking of the Americans and our own.

    May 16th, 2010 at 15:55

  4. shijuro says:

    this is the difference…

    May 16th, 2010 at 16:35

  5. Tony F says:

    True, too true. Brown was a self serving tosser, with no grasp on reality.

    May 16th, 2010 at 17:42

  6. Adam Birch says:

    In the city I moved to when I relocated to the States, there’s a permanent memorial to fallen Officers. Annually, there’s a remembrance observance.

    The ethos here (although I can’t speak for every other region in the country) feels very different to that back in Blighty.

    May 16th, 2010 at 19:24

  7. Ambulance Amateur says:

    The US population is 4-5 times ours. They have an officer murder rate nearly 20 times ours (116 vs 6).

    It is a tragedy when even one officer is killed in the line of duty. I believe you’ll find that our “leaders” pay greater respect on an individual basis than happens in the USA, simply from a pragmatic point of view. Pres Obama (much as I like him) would be doing nothing else but comiserate with next of kin if he gave the same response that our politicians do.

    That’s why they need a big festival of remorse.

    I’m not saying, far from it, that we should forget police officers killed in the line of duty. Perhaps we should look at other front-line staff too. However, we are comparing chalk and cheese.

    Don’t get me wrong. I mourn and regret (nearly) every life taken and police officers in particular need remembering. However, the scale is different.

    I do, though, think we should have an Emergency Services Day to remind people of what all blue-light services give the community. We could include fallen police officers in this.

    May 16th, 2010 at 22:53

  8. Hogday says:

    I think it is remarkable that in a land where there are literally tens of millions of handguns in the hands of the general public, where in many States an adult can walk into a department store and purchase a rifle, shotgun and handgun without so much as a blink, that the 2009 statistics for police fatalities are as low as cited.

    May 17th, 2010 at 07:34

  9. shijuro says:

    Ahhh but the people owning the weapons are normal people and normal people don’t go around shooting the Police.

    Also, I think that they (the Americans) have a more respectful attitude to the Police in general.

    May 17th, 2010 at 15:55

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