Indiana State Police Sgt. John Perrine joined NRATV’s Stinchfield Friday to discuss how building relationships between citizens and police officers is vital to the success of a community: “This uniform that I wear, it doesn’t just come with respect and trust, it has to be earned. And we have to build that relationship with our communities—to earn that trust and that respect and that’s how we are going to get through this together.”
He continued: “We can’t be everywhere all the time, we need good community partnerships to help us fight these crimes and give these people who have proven they aren’t able or capable to live in a free society off the streets so that we can enjoy our community.”
Sgt. Perrine’s comment is a common sentiment among law enforcement officers. Milwaukee Country Sheriff David Clarke, addressed the communities that have pushed back against our nation’s law-enforcement personnel in a spot titled “My Honor.”
“You critics don’t define our honor,” Clarke said. “You try to shame us for doing our job. You teach children to fear us, crowds to attack us and good people to doubt us. But we will never back down from our sworn duty to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America.”
Clarke noted that the police wake up every day and go into the dangerous neighborhoods to protect and serve every citizen.
“We wake up every day, put on our badge, strap a gun to our hips, kiss our families goodbye and put our lives between the law-abiding and any criminal who threatens their rights,” he said. “We serve people of every color and creed…men, women and children in violent, dangerous neighborhoods…because they have the same right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as CEOs, movie stars and the political elite.”
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