There are some citizens who, in this season of Thanksgiving, believe America is going to hell in a handbasket. I am not one of them.
From my perch in the world of crime and justice, I find more than 686,000 reasons to be thankful. That’s the number of full-time law enforcement officers employed in the United States; 686,665 sworn officers, to quote the latest statistics, who go out every day to help keep us safe.
I know it is popular among some groups to distrust police. It is clear that not everyone who wears a badge is perfect. But when things go wrong, this is the force that doesn’t hesitate to go in to a dangerous situation determined to make sure the problem doesn’t spread into the public at large.
By the way, on average about 85 working officers are killed every year and that doesn’t include those who die from on-the-job accidents.