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      What Are Policemen Made Of ?

      By Paul Harvey

Don't credit me with this mongrel prose. It has many parents - at least 535,000 of them. They are Policemen. A Policeman is a composite of what all men are - a mingling of saint and sinner, dust and deity. Culled statistics wave the fan over the stinkers and underscore instances of dishonesty and brutality because they are "news". What this really means is that they are exceptional and unusual, not commonplace. Burled under the front is this fact: Less than one-half of 1 percent misfit that uniform. That's a better average than you'd find among clergymen. What is a Policeman made of ? He, of all men is at once the most needed and the most unwanted. He's a strangely nameless creature who is "sir" to his face and "the fuzz" behind his back. He must be a diplomat so that he can settle differences between individuals in a way 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 a flirt. If he's not, he's a grouch. In an instant, he must make decisions that would require months for a lawyer. But if he hurries, he's careless -if he's deliberate, he's lazy. He must be first to an accident and infallible with a 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, he must 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. The Policeman must, from a single human 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 bum leads to dead ends and stakeout 10 nights to tag one witness who saw it happen but refuses to remember. He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache - all in order to build a case against some felon who'd get dealed-out by a shameless shamus or an "honorable" who isn't. The Policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman. . . . . . . . . . . And, of course, he has to be a genius, for he has to feed a family on a Policeman's salary !!!
. . . . . . . And NOW, you know, the rest of the story.

      The Many Hats a Policeman Must Wear

      I work in a place where most would not dare
      so many types of hats they ask me to wear,
      like a Doctor, a Lawyer, a Referee for a few
      a Mechanic, Bouncer, and Psychologist too,
      I must know all the answers, and what to do
      from a Baby not breathing or Bat in a house
      To counseling those fighting with the spouse
      I'm called to help with their car that won't run
      or to find the bad guy, the man with the gun,
      All types of diplomas, or all kinds of degrees,
      are needed by others who do jobs like these,
      There’s no fancy papers in frames on my wall
      but I'm always there when you need me and call
      I'm be ready to answer, any call that might come
      I have all types of hats though I wear but just one
      As the only hat that I wear, it is not fancy or bold
      It is just a simple hat, dark blue with shield of gold

        A Policeman's Prayer

        Dear Lord please always be with me,
        on my beat , this day and every day .
        Grant me that each block I may drive,
        may it somehow ease a brothers way
        Please, let me be so kindly to the old,
        to the young , be patient and strong.
        But also let me , triumph over those,
        whose bad acts are cruel and wrong.
        And Lord if my last summons may come ,
        and I stand before You in Your Court.
        Lord , may my rest with You be long,
        and may any punishment , be short .
        God answered, "Step forward Policeman,
        you've borne your burdens very well,
        you've already done your time in HELL
        so come now my son and walk a new beat,
        here on our safe golden Heaven streets".

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