posted on Apr, 11 2010 @ 12:06 AM
The Law Enforcement Officer who has taken an oath to uphold the laws of the land, is an individual who has accepted that he or she can no longer be a
private individual, nor may they act on their private beliefs when wearing their badge, and they must act within the scope of their jurisdiction.
They take this sacred oath, and do their level best to honor this expectation of stepping outside of themselves and accepting responsibility for
others, because they have a calling. They were called to protect and serve. They understood the risks that came with such a calling, and they
accepted those risks and they often do so for not nearly enough pay. Those that enforce the law, as a sworn officer of it, do not abrogate or
derogate the rights of others, that Sheriff, deputy, agent, or officer, enforces the law in order to protect those rights.
The sworn Law Enforcement Officer who operates solely with in the confines of his or her jurisdiction, is a master of diplomacy, while never
disguising his or her authority. The authority a Law Enforcement Officer has is clearly defined, and all people are presumed to know the law, and
when an LEO is operating within the scope of jurisdiction, their authority should never be in question. Yet, people do. People confuse right with
privilege and privilege with right, and while presumed to know the law, the people will stay stubbornly ignorant of it, and the sworn LEO who is
operating inside the boundaries of jurisdiction, must somehow remain unflappable in spite of this.
As Congress, and state and local legislatures continue their imprudent march towards expanded government, as they write more laws, they place more and
more burden upon the LEO, and yet, that sworn officer must remain unflappable. No one knows better the consequences of an ill advised war on drugs
than the LEO, and due to such imprudent legislation as the war on drugs, the sworn officer operating in the bounds of jurisdiction, has now been asked
to go beyond the call of duty, and still remain unflappable.
There are Law Enforcement Officers in all agencies, in every town, city, state, and federal agency, who do precisely this; operate with in the bounds
of their jurisdiction as a sworn officer of the law, and their private beliefs are irrelevant other than the most obvious one they hold, that of
protecting the rights of the People. They are shamefully lumped in with what can often times appear to be more than just a "few bad apples", but
regardless of the percentages, those who have honored their oath, and often times, willingly gone beyond the call of duty, are iconic figures of whom
we recognize instantly, because since time immemorial, every culture has told their mythologies of calls to adventure, and the hero's who answer that
call. So, if there is just one word that could possibly describe the Law Enforcement Officer who honors their sacred oath, that word would have to