A Thank You Letter to COPs
by Glenn Shepard
July 12, 2016
What tips can you give when
dealing with confrontation when people become
emotionally charged and want to focus more on the
emotion rather than resolution?
- John in
It’s something called “The Anger Curve”. When people are
at the top of it, they exhibit poor judgment and poor
self-control. As a result, most people are incapable of
resolving problems in an intelligent way until they come
down the curve and return to the baseline of emotion. In
other words, make everyone keep quiet until they to calm
down and regain their cognitive abilities.
Thanks for your
- Glenn in Nashville, TN
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I just read Heather Mac Donald’s book
The War on COPs: How the New Attack on Law
and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe (which I highly recommend)
and learned that the threat of attack has become so
imminent that every police department in America is preparing
for how to handle one.
This whole situation baffles me for
First, because the #1 reason COPs give for
becoming COPs isn’t “To catch criminals”, it’s “To help people”.
They routinely get spit at, flipped off, and cussed out for
wanting to help people.
Second, because every time a
Muslim terrorist kills innocent people, politicians (Republican
and Democrat alike) are quick to remind us not to
stereotype all Muslims as terrorists because of the acts of a
few. Yet when one COP kills someone in a bad shooting, I don't
see politicians reminding us not to stereotype all COPs.
And third, the allegation that cops are a bunch of
racists is simply not true. A March 2015 report from the U.S.
Department of Justice found that black and Hispanic cops were
far more likely than white cops to shoot unarmed black suspects
(called “Threat Misperception”).
This was further
confirmed by Harvard Professor Roland Fryer Jr.,
who is African American. He and his team spent 3,000 hours
analyzing data from 1,332 shootings. They found that officers
were more likely to shoot without first being attacked
by white suspects. In the case of the Houston Police
Department, officers were approximately 20% less likely to shoot
If you’re sick of COPs being painted as
the bad guys, here’s my challenge to you. Write a letter to your
local police department, thanking them for what they do. (Click
here for the address of every police department in the U.S.).
If you’re not a writer, here’s a sample letter I
for anyone to copy and paste, edit, share, or use any way you
Dear (Name of Police Department),
speaker once said “The two most underused words in the English
language are ‘Thank You’. They’re also two of the most
I can think of no group that is thanked less
and deserves it more than COPs, so I’d like to say:
THANK YOU for arresting the drug dealer who
might have sold his poison to my son had you not stopped him.
THANK YOU for catching the child molester who might have
raped, abducted, or murdered my daughter had you not caught him.
YOU for intervening in the domestic violence call that could
have easily escalated into a murder-suicide had you not had the
skills to deescalate the situation.
THANK YOU for placing
your own life in danger at DUI checkpoints to catch the drunk
driver who might have taken my life had he been allowed to keep
THANK YOU for dealing with the most
unimaginable examples of human depravity and heinous behavior,
so that the rest of us don’t have to.
THANK YOU for
choosing to serve and protect others at the expense of your own
THANK YOU for the times you left your family so that I could be
safe at home with mine.
THANK YOU for having the courage
to run as fast as you can toward an active shooter scene, while
the rest of us run as fast as we can away from it.
THANK YOU for being what General Douglas MacArthur called “The
Noblest Development of Mankind” by being willing to take a
bullet to protect a stranger.
Words cannot properly
express the debt that society owes you, but at least we can let
you know how much you are appreciated.
You don’t need to tell us if you use it, but we’d
love to hear the feedback if you do.
In the most brilliant response I’ve ever heard to such a bad
situation, Dallas Police Chief David Brown said to the Black Lives Matter protestors:
“We’re hiring. Become part of the solution. Serve your
communities. Get off that protest line and put an application
in, and we'll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you
resolve some of the problems you're protesting.”
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