Dear Officer, I See You.

Dear Officer,

I want you to know that I see you.  I see you choose the booth in the restaurant that allows you to have your back against the wall.  I see you walking to your next traffic stop while you hope that it isn’t your last.  I see you pulled over, two hours past your shift, as you finish your reports under a street light.  I see you as you direct traffic in the scorching heat, the gusting snow, and the downpour of rain.  I see you being filmed every time you try to do your job.   I see you as you watch mainstream media crucify your character while minimizing your cause.  I see that you are tired.  I see that you are frustrated and misunderstood.   I see that you are hurting as the world watches you bury your brothers and sisters that died because they were guilty of one thing; wearing a uniform with a badge.  I see you.  I see that you are flesh and bones just like me.  I see that you are a human being who has a heart that beats for your calling to serve and protect.  I see your cause and I want you to know that I appreciate it.

Sea of Blue

I hear you.  I hear the sound of the garage door open after a long night of consistent tragedy.  I hear the sounds of your heavy footsteps and I can instantly tell what kind of day it has been for you.  I hear the sound of your duty belt hit the kitchen table as you relieve your back from the 30 extra pounds you’ve been carrying all day.  I recognize the sound of Velcro as you unstrap your body armor and your work boots.  I hear the sound of the refrigerator open as you rummage for leftovers. You’re starving because you often go without breaks and without meals for an entire shift.  I hear the sound of your little boy’s bedroom door open as you enter his room.  I hear the sound of you kissing his cheek and whispering that you love him.  I hear the sound of your heartbeat as you choose to not share your day because you know that it will only scare me.  And even though you do not speak, I still hear you.  I still know that something happened on your shift that has broken your heart.

I feel you.  I feel the difference in the way you hug me before you leave to go to the grocery store and the way you hug me before you leave for one more night on your beat.  I feel the grip of your hand as they wheel you back to surgery to fix an injury you have sustained on the job.  I feel the wetness of your tears as you try to make sense of the tiny life that was taken by the hands of her parents.  I feel the sigh of relief when you see your little boy running towards you after you’ve experienced too much darkness in the world.  I feel the sinking of your morale as you watch a very vocal and sparse opposition  flood social media with their misplaced passion for their idea of justice.  I feel the way you look at me as you read that one more of your brothers or sisters have fallen victim to a hate crime.  We both know that it could be our family at any given moment.

Topeka Police Officer Killed

I need you.  We need you.  America needs you.  I know that the world isn’t making it any easier for you to wake up with the same passion you had when you first started.  I know the world is making it extremely difficult for you to feel like anyone is on your side.  I know the world is making you feel like the only allies you have can only be found in each other.  I know that it is becoming increasingly more difficult to put your life on the line for a world that has seemingly turned their backs on you. But, I also know that won’t stop you.  What the world seems to forget is that you don’t suit up every day for their approval.  You don’t put your life on the line so people will sing your praises from the mountain tops.  God knows you don’t do it for the money.  You do it because it’s your calling.  You do it for the generations to come.  You do it for the safety of those who do not have the means to protect themselves.  You do it because you believe that you can help goodness persevere in the face of evil.  You’ve chosen to be a warrior and warriors don’t hang up their hats because of the opinion of someone else.

I wish I knew how to fix it.  The only thing I know how to do is support you.  I’m aware that there isn’t a magic solution that will make the world see you for who you are; the amazing men and women in blue.  I just want you to know that I see you. I need you to know that you are appreciated by a vast majority who is in your corner.  I need you to know that you aren’t alone.  I need you to feel the presence of those who love and support you.  We are rallied behind you and ready to defend your character at any given moment.  You are honorable.  You are courageous.  You are worthy of a nation’s support.

We see you.  We need you.  We love you.  Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your sacrifice.  Thank you for getting up again today to protect my family.  You are undeniably my heroes.  I love you all.

Dedicated to the entire family of The Thin Blue Line. 

*In Memory of Officer Ramos and Officer Liu of the New York Police Department*

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289 Responses to Dear Officer, I See You.

  1. Joe Page says:

    I have a Cousin who was a Warren , Mi.police officer and a Uncle who was one in Detroit, and I was all ways proud to know them as they served to protect us.

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  2. Kathy Szewc says:

    Thank you for sharing this…. I am a mother of a police officer…. this is so very well written.

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  3. Michael Kud-Kudijaroff says:

    Thank you to all that protect and serve us and thank you to all that support us and believe in us.

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  4. Judy Reynal says:

    This is so true and beautifully written. One does not have to be on foreign ground to be in a war zone. Our police need constant prayer just as our servicemen.

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    • Cebie Dorsey says:

      So true….’war zones’ are often found in homes & communities across our country. Even our schools & churches are not safe from violence. Police officers walk into dangerous, violent situations dozens (at least) of times a day in small towns & large cities all around our nation.
      Yet, they continue to put on that uniform & badge day after day.
      Correctional officers deal with criminals who are incarcerated, but they are not to be forgotten either. Too many COs have been injured or lost their lives while transporting or guarding small time & hardened criminals who have no regard for human life & feel they have nothing to lose. They all deserve our respect & thanks for doing the jobs we can’t or won’t do.

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  5. Jackie Cavalcante says:

    My son a officer and also many family & friends officers my prayers are with them all . Thank u all for your service Gob Bless each brother & Sisters in blue for protecting us

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  6. M. Stonecipher says:

    God Bless

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  8. Charlie says:

    My family is military. My husband is an mp. I respect his job. I respect the hundreds of thousands of people who are involved in the law enforcement. I just wanted to say that you have friendship in the guys and gals in green and black and yellow here in Canada.

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  9. Linda williams says:

    Thank you officers for all you do to make sure we are all safe! Thanks for responding to emergencies where you serve and protect. Sorry for the public and how ungrateful they are towards you. I hate the way that some teach their children that you are their enemy as they may have to call social services to take the children from a unfit parents or lock up a parent in front of the children. I am sorry that in the streets you see so much but try to carry on as nothing happened. I think it takes a hero to come home and be a great parent and try to leave all at work for the sake of your family and for not scaring them with all the ugliness that occurs on the streets. I’m sorry that there are people out their that don’t appreciate the job you do! They think it’s wrong that a police officer follows procedure to make sure everybody stays safe but the public says the police goes overboard. They have families and want to come home safely for them. I thank all you officers who risk their lives to make sure the public is safe!

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  10. Marcia says:

    I remember The day my dad came home, blood all over his white police shirt, his hand in a cast, a man had sliced open his palm, suffering two of his tendons, requiring surgery. This happened while he was trying to help protect someone from this man with a knife. Thank you for your lovely article. My dad is retired now, but was a wonderful dedicated police officer.

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  11. Pat Duke says:

    Beautiful letter and I wish I’d written it! We love our cops wherever they are and know that but for them, the bad guys would make life unbearable. It has disgusted us to see the disrespect shown to these brave men and women and realize that if any of these repulsive haters got into trouble, the first call they’d make would be 911. God bless you all, and don’t worry .. we know who the good guys are. Love you!!

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  12. Melody D says:

    “Dear Officer, I see you,” is the best prolific expression that humanizes the badge. It speaks volumes to the human heart using an Outstanding arrangement of words. The rhythm of each phrase describes the pulse of a human heart that holds compassion and empathy with every beat.
    Thank you for sharing your creative, pulse-thriving, heart-reaching masterpiece salute! May every officer everywhere be rejuvenated by your inspiring words.

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  13. Monique says:

    This was beautiful, but the part about the vocal minority could have been left out. Not all minorities are supporting this nonsense going on. Please don’t group us all together.

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  14. I’ve got your back, always…

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  15. Caitlin R. says:

    This is so beautiful. My coworkers and I are interested in using all, or parts, of this reading at an event we are holding in support of our local police officers. To the author/owner, can I have your permission to use it? Of course your work will be cited and creditied. If you would like more details, feel free to e-mail me! Thank you 🙂

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  16. Barbara Ansell says:

    I thank you with all my heart for trying to keep some kind of order in a world that wants no law. Try not to be discouraged, God has chosen you for this mission to help people coexist. I will respect you and honor you. You are in my prayers.

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  17. Becky LaFever says:

    This is so beautifully written and from the heart. We lost my son, who was a police officer in Kansas last September and it means so much to me to know that some people really did appreciate what he did. He loved his family, his job and the people he protected. He is missed every day and our hearts are breaking, but he died doing what he loved. Thank you for this writing.

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    • Marilyn blum says:

      God bless you Becky…all our love and prayers, our family lost our Jason his EOW was Aug 28, 2013 shot and killed during high risk entry. Shot in the back one shot made it up the bottom of his vest. He was able to return fire just before he died, he was 36 yrs old. He, like your son loved his job, he wrote his son a letter the night before he was killed. This letter is so beautiful…..I’m glad you wrote. I’m going to the Police Museum in Feb I will look for your sons name. I would send a photo if you like. It’s in Titusville FL. God Bless you

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      • Cebie Dorsey says:

        Marilyn, I am deeply sorry for the loss of your precious son. I have prayed every day for 30 years for my younger brother’s safety. He is a Sheriff’s Deputy, & he also loves his work. Thank God there are men and women who will take that oath and do that job. The sacrifices that they and their families make are tremendous. Too many people just don’t understand the commitment that they have. Even when they take off the uniform, they still carry the responsibility. May God bless you and your family.

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    • Cebie Dorsey says:

      I am so very sorry for your loss. I Thank God for the brave men & women who take that oath & do what they do every day. My youngest brother has been a Sheriff’s Deputy for nearly 30 years. His first act of heroism was on the day he graduated from the Academy when he performed the Heimlich maneuver on our mother who had choked on their celebration dinner. It is hard to know how many other lives he has saved over the years. And he Loves his Job, too.

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  18. D.J. says:

    Thank you. We needed to hear that..We did sign up because it’s our calling.

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  19. I remember to pray each day for our brave and wonderful police force, their families too.
    God bless and protect them.

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  20. donna archuleta says:

    This letter is so touching and true. This letter could have been from God. God Bless all our Law Enforcement Officers and all our Emergency Responders too. God Bless your families and ours, around the world.

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  22. Joe Valentine says:

    After spending 15 years in the NYPD and being fortunate, with Gods help to retire early, I see, with pain in my heart and soul, how today’s Police Officers are treated. There was a hero Police Officer making a car stop in Boston yesterday who was shot in his face. He is in critical condition in a medically induced coma. He was shot by a black career criminal with a rap sheet as long as my arm. Where is the Reverend Al Sharpton. Why is there no demonstrations for a fallen officer.
    A cop is shot and so many are killed but we forget so quickly. But have a ” Tug ” get killed, while a policeman is protecting himself and the ” tug ” becomes an altar boy. Wake up America. We are loosing our values. The American family is fragmented. We no longer see the forest because of the trees. The thin Blue Line is our last defense. But, we only see him with disgust, when he pulls us over, for going thru a red light. We only see him beating on a poor defensive person, who might have just bite him or kicked him in his groin, before you turned the corner.
    They are over worked, under paid, usually wind up having marital problems exasperated by the profession. They have to make a split minuet decision. If they are right, they go home to their love ones. If they are wrong, it’s a trip to the morgue. Tell me….would you change places with him…..for even one hour????????

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    • Cebie Dorsey says:

      Dear Joe, Thank you so very much for your years of service and your letter. You make several excellent points. the one-sided racial bias is unforgivable, yet the propaganda is continually ramped up to create more division. As for the ‘disparity’ in the ratio of officers to the communities they serve, it takes courageous, intelligent, moral men & women to leave the ‘hood’ & join their law enforcement agencies. Stop being the problem & start being the solution in your communities!
      Morality in our country has virtually disappeared. No values, no accountability, no discipline…it goes on and on. The way the media has played so many officer-involved shootings in recent months, especially since Trayvon Martin, has been blatant lies! They show pictures of these young men when they were much younger; the police were criticized in Ferguson because they showed the very large 18 year old ‘boy’ committing a robbery and assault just minutes before the confrontation with the officer, and Eric Garner in NYC was well known for his criminal activity, yet he refused to comply with the officers. It wasn’t their fault that he had other health problems. If he had simply done what we are all called to do when interacting with law enforcement he would likely be alive to break more law. The rule is simple: when a police officer tells you to show your hands or lean against the car or anything else, YOU DO WHAT THE OFFICER SAYS, and Keep Your Mouth Shut!!
      My youngest brother has been a Sheriff’s Deputy for nearly 30 years & he has experienced things that our human minds and hearts should never have to. Yet he loves his job and he is a well respected officer. He also has innumerable friends in & associated with the agency because he is just a great guy. I am so Very Proud to call him my brother!

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  23. Sorry. says:

    I needed this today. Thank you greatly.

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  24. Jim McIntyre says:

    As a 25 year veteran police officer in STL, thank you for such a moving piece. It was aired at our Law Enforcement Memorial Prayer Breakfast. It has not been easy, but your kind words have touched the souls of many police officers.

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  25. Bryan says:

    First off I would like to say thank you for this letter. Thank you also to everyone who rally’s behind and supports us. Your love and support means more to us than you will ever know.

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    • Cebie Dorsey says:

      THANK YOU, Bryan and all of our law enforcement & first responders! One of my brothers has about 30 years with his County Sheriff’s Department. I know how much he has sacrificed over the years to do the job. I know that he honors his oath to Serve & to Protect regardless of whether or not he is ‘on duty’. You deal with human beings at their very worst & you do an outstanding job overall to handle situations that can go very bad in an instant.
      I acknowledge that sometimes bad decisions are made and occasionally there are even ‘bad cops. But our world would be utter chaos without those of you who serve the citizenry. Please know that there are a lot more of us who appreciate you than there are your detractors.

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  26. Wahkprunay says:

    I will always support and defend my officer, without them our country cannot be in peace, but because of them we were safe. Thank you for serving our country. One day I just want to be like those brave soul. God bless You all. 🙏🏻👮🏻😇

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  27. Bryan says:

    Thank you Cebie for your words of encouragement and thank your for your brother’s service. I am sure in all those years he has been nothing but honorable. I have been with my Sheriff’s Office for ten years in Texas and I am thankful to work in an area that we have a lot of supporters. I know they are all over and I will never get to meet them all but it helps to know in this troubled society that yall are out there. Your right we do deal with people at there worse. Minus the bad guys I like to think I meet good
    People under bad circumstances. Once again thank you and everyone else and know your brother and your family are in my prayers and you got a supporter in your corner

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  28. Maria Harral says:

    God Bless police officers, they are the parents that I need when mine aren’t around and they have educated me on the importance of being a good citizen and being honest and true to myself. Also to the police officers who have PTSD, please know that I pray for you and care about your well being as a person, including retired officers. I support law enforcement officers and their families.

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  29. AHOP says:

    Beautifully written, depicting every imaginable emotion. I know it has touched thousands of law enforcement officers and will continue to do so for years to come.

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  30. AHOP says:

    So beautifully written, depicting every imaginable emotion. This will be treasured by law enforcement officers and their families for many, many years to come.

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  31. This was written by my son, and I amps proud of him and all his colleagues .and I join him in frequently posting to this great site.

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