If you ask a lot of officers you will hear over and over again that the public likes firemen and not police officers.  This is probably because most of the contact we have with people is in a negative manner.  We arrest people, write tickets, take children out of homes, and when you need a cop there isn’t one around.   As a young officer I would be quick to judge others, and really wanted little contact other than with my family and friends.  As I matured I realized that there are a lot of good people out there; we just might not come in contact with them everyday.  My youngest son reminded me of that one time.  We were riding in our car and saw a homeless man.  He had a cardboard sign reading, “please help.”  I commented that he was probably going to spend the money on something he shouldn’t.  My son took some money out of his pocket and reminded me that it was not for me to judge what he was going to buy, but rather to share.  I was humbled.  Officer Dubina is not often humbled. 

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I saw your blog template on Moxie studio's site, and then started reading and got very intrigued. You are such an inspiration!

I teach 5th and 6th graders in a low socio-economic school, and I have to agree with you about "society." Things have changed dramatically since we were younger. Parents have no idea what their children are faced with these days. It just makes me crazy when I hear an older person say "Just let me get in that classroom...I'd turn them all around in a second!" Yeah, and they'd be cut, shot or whatever. It's not what they think.

Anyway...I'm going to blogroll your site. Very interesting!! I love all of your outside links, too.

Thanks!

Posted by: Becky | Jan 21, 2005 5:35:38 PM

Hi Becky,
Thank you for your comments and encouragement. I admire you for being a teacher. I don't think you could pay me enough to be a teacher! You definately have a hard job and sometimes parents and society in general take teachers for granted. Yes, it is a different world out there for our young people and they are faced with a lot more challenges. Hang in there, you are doing a great job and will be rewarded.
Thanks,
jan

Posted by: Jan Dubina | Jan 23, 2005 11:19:56 PM

Hi Becky,
Thank you for your comments and encouragement. I admire you for being a teacher. I don't think you could pay me enough to be a teacher! You definately have a hard job and sometimes parents and society in general take teachers for granted. Yes, it is a different world out there for our young people and they are faced with a lot more challenges. Hang in there, you are doing a great job and will be rewarded.
Thanks,
jan

Posted by: Jan Dubina | Jan 23, 2005 11:20:52 PM

Hi Becky,
Thank you for your comments and encouragement. I admire you for being a teacher. I don't think you could pay me enough to be a teacher! You definately have a hard job and sometimes parents and society in general take teachers for granted. Yes, it is a different world out there for our young people and they are faced with a lot more challenges. Hang in there, you are doing a great job and will be rewarded.
Thanks,
jan

Posted by: Jan | Jan 23, 2005 11:21:40 PM

Hi Becky,
Thank you for your comments and encouragement. I admire you for being a teacher. I don't think you could pay me enough to be a teacher! You definately have a hard job and sometimes parents and society in general take teachers for granted. Yes, it is a different world out there for our young people and they are faced with a lot more challenges. Hang in there, you are doing a great job and will be rewarded.
Thanks,
jan

Posted by: Jan | Jan 23, 2005 11:22:28 PM

Hey Jan,
I read your blog every once in a while since my wife has it blogrolled on hers. I liked this one for a few reasons.

1) Modern society thinks of police officers in a negative sense, yes. I never did when I was growing up, but then I moved to a metropolitan area when I was in college. It was then that I would be harassed simply because my hair was long, I had piercings or anything that made me not “look” like a fine upstanding citizen.
In the area I live now, the police are pretty much nothing more than legalized thugs. They neglect simple traffic laws (turn signals, traffic lights, speed limits) when there is no reason other than they feel they are “above the law” (this relayed to me by a former police officer from the area), They also tend to think little when in a confrontation, often so trigger happy that needles casualties occurs (this from a friend that was recently accepted to the local police academy).
2) I like what your son said about it not being for us to judge. The reason we are given to begin with is that that we can share with those that don’t have. If the world was full of only people that had, what would we need each other for? We are blessed that we may bless.

Now I’ll get off the pedestal it seems I’ve placed myself on not fail to mention that there have been a number of times I’ve thought to myself negative things about people I come across based on superficial reasons (skin color, neighborhood, job, vices, etc.). It’s so easy to dissociate yourself from everyone around, not thinking that they too have (or have had) friends and family that love them.

I’ll quit spouting now.

Posted by: R.C. | Jan 24, 2005 9:46:01 PM

Hi R.C.
I appreciate your comments and honesty. You are right, not all of us (officers) are impartial and we are human and do make mistakes whether some of us like to admit it or not. Society sometimes expects us to be perfect and at a much higher standard and it can go to our heads. It takes family and friends to keep us in line with the public and not to let us get separated from everyone else. I must admit it is easy to do and at times you really don't even want to be around people even socially. Thank God for my family.
I can say however, the majority of the officers I know and the ones I am around are mature and do respect others.
It was good to hear from you and take care,
jan

Posted by: Jan | Jan 24, 2005 10:33:30 PM

Excessive speedtraps don't help things any. I live near Austin, TX and I can run into up to 5 speedtraps on the way home. With insurance costing as much as it does it's hard not to get a little bitter when you take your seatbelt off for five seconds and you get pulled over picking your wallet up off of the other side of the seat.

Posted by: Steve | Jan 25, 2005 10:00:40 AM

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