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Oath of office

I don't live in your community, but my family does. I don't know the people involved in this story or the incidents that brought it about so I will not comment directly to that. All law enforcement officers, no matter what agency, no matter whether they are local, state or federal take an oath of office. In that oath, we pledge to protect the Constitution of the United States and in the case of state and local officers, our own states constitution. We also pledge to serve our whole communities honorably and faithfully to the best of our ability. To fail to do so brings disrespect no only on yourself, but the fellow officers you serve with, who risk their lives everyday fulfilling that oath, officers who have served before you and have given their blood, sweat, tears and sometime lives in faithfulness to that oath and the officers that will follow you who must overcome your shortcomings and disrespect. To fail in this oath while serving to the best of your ability is honorable. To fail in this oath through willfull act or failure to take action is unacceptable. No excuses, not even "kin" can correct that. If you can't fulfill the oath, don't take the job.


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