Sheriff: Law enforcement officers work to make a difference
May has historically been Law Enforcement Appreciation month. Last week at our State Capitol, members of law enforcement from around the state joined together to pay tribute to those currently serving, as well as to remember and honor those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their communities.
It is not only appropriate that we take time to honor and appreciate these men and women, but necessary as well so we can bring attention to the work and sacrifices which are made on a daily basis to maintain the quality of life we all are so fortunate to enjoy.
It is unfortunate that we are celebrating this awareness during such times of conflict and turmoil throughout our country. It is difficult to see the breakdown between any community and those who have taken an oath to protect them, their families and their property.
I cannot judge either side or give insight into events which I have not experienced or realities to which I am not exposed. All I can speak to is the reality that I know here in Kewaunee County.
I know that I serve alongside some of the highest-quality people I have ever met. Men and women who put on the uniform not to become rich, or famous, but to make a difference in the community they have sworn to protect.
They leave their families each morning, afternoon or evening not knowing the calls or circumstances they will be placed into.
They respond to emotionally charged situations and must maintain their composure and steadfast application of our laws.
They must put aside personal opinions and conduct themselves in a professional manner, always showing respect even when confronted with utter disrespect.
They do this knowing that every step they take and decision they make will be critiqued both internally by management and externally by society.
They do the best with the limited information they are provided and the dynamic circumstances to which they respond.
They do this 24 hours a day 7 days a week, missing birthdays, holidays and other special events.
They do this job in the hopes that at the end of their shift they can say they made a difference.
Let’s all take the opportunity to make sure that each and every one of these dedicated professionals know that they have made a difference, and we appreciate them for their service.
On behalf of law enforcement in Kewaunee County, thank you for allowing us to serve such a wonderful community.
Matt Joski is Kewaunee County Sheriff.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Sheriff: Law enforcement officers work to make a difference