10 Ways to Make Any Policeman's Day Better

SMILING POLICE OFFICERS ON THE JOB

and the best part is: you and I helped to put those smiles on their faces.
and the best part is: you and I helped to put those smiles on their faces.

GET A PEN AND PAPER . . .

and copy the information in this hub. Tape it to the dashboard of your vehicle. For someday it will prove to be very beneficial to you.

I'm not kidding around. I am serious.

Our police officers of every branch of law enforcement, sheriff's office, city police, state troopers, even the F.B.I. and D.E.A. officers need a break sometimes. Don't you agree? I mean if "I" were in their shoes facing death and danger at every turn during my shift, I would be shaking in my boots.

Police officers cannot help the fact that they are all flesh and blood. Human. Capable of human error. And quick to admit that sad fact to anyone. So would I.

And given the way that my mind works, I thought, "what the harm, giving out "10 Ways to Make Any Police Officer's Day Better?" So I did. Free of charge. No strings attached. Just my personal way for you and I, as citizens of this great country, to show these men and women who protect our lives and property on a 24/7 basis, that "we appreciate" what they do. Again, I am serious.

I tell you what. Read over all of these easy ways to make a policeman's day better, try it tomorrow, and let me know how it goes. I promise you that if you email me and share your results, I will put your name at the top of my next hub. That, you can take to the bank.

1. SHAKE HANDS

with one officer the next time you see him or her on the job. It doesn't matter if you know them or not. Just put yourself in their place and walk up and extend your hand and say, "sir, (ma'am), I want to tell you just how much I appreciate what you are doing for me and my community," then do not linger around for the accolades. This one gesture will make that officer's day a lot brighter.

2. OFFER AN OFFICER A COLD DRINK

of refreshing bottled water. On a hot summer day, believe me, the officer will be your friend for life. And in the colder months, offer the law enforcement officer a fresh, hot cup of coffee. It's the little things that make the most-solid relationships.

3. GET TO KNOW THE OFFICER

by simply making moderate small talk. Ask about his wife or kids, if they are okay or not. Show the man or woman of law enforcement that you are about them. I know what the old song and dance about "well they, (the police), don't care for me," well why not? What about you do the police not like? Besides this isn't about you, but them. You do not have to "hog" the conversation. Just ask a few casual questions, bid the officer a good day, or night, and walk on about your business.

4. TAKE THE OFFICER TO LUNCH

and this will show the officer that you are "real." The police do get a lunch break and it is not against the law to buy them a lunch. It's only wrong if "you," verbally use the situation as a bride to get the innocent officer to do something shady for you.

5. TELL OFFICER A JOKE OR TWO

and there isn't a lawman or woman anywhere that doesn't appreciate a good joke. Laughter breaks tension. And if the officer were to admit it, he or she works under a lot of pressure, so sharing a good joke with him or her might relax them enough that they can have a smooth, safe shift and not be so edgy.

6. VOLUNTEER YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE

to the state trooper. Only if you meet him out in public away from his car. I started to suggest that the next time a state trooper gets behind you on the road, pull over immediately before he "blue lights" you. Sit in your car perfectly-still with driver's license in your hand. The state trooper will be running your tag for prior offenses or expired tag. Then he will approach your car and say, "sir, why did you pull over? Are you in trouble?" Do not laugh. Humbly reply, "no sir. Thanks for asking. I just wanted to show you that my license is still current." Odds are the state trooper will do one of two things: 1. Laugh at you, but appreciate your gesture. or 2. Warn you to not do that again unless told to pull over by him or an associate. Actually I am guessing about the second one. I've never heard of anyone "pulling over" prior to being "blue lighted." This just might be a "first."

7. GET YOUR PHOTO SNAPPED

with the officer, state trooper, F.B.I. or D.E.A. agent. I don't really think that whatever officer you choose to be snapped with in a digital photo, will mind that much for as a rule, metro police and sheriff's department deputies are trained for "good will" gestures for the community to build trust among the law enforcement and citizens, but the F.B.I and D.E.A. agents may frown on this practice. They might even scold you for they want to keep their identities secret for they might be "working undercover." Be careful. Just start with the metro cop. Or sheriff himself. If they ask, "what is this for?" You shake their hands and reply, "for a scrap book I am making as a shrine to our local law enforcement officers and to use the book to teach my grandkids all about respect for the law." The officer who asked you that question will be looking off with tears in his eyes.

8. VISIT POLICE STATION

often. Just to say hello. But remember. These guys and girls who are in law enforcement are not there for a gossip-session. They are there to solve the tough cases. Bring criminals to justice. So do not be shocked if the policeman or woman looks at you in an irritated way. The police aren't used to people like you who just show-up at their precincts and visit. Take this one real easy. It will be fine and do not overdo this, or the police may get suspicious of why you are there so much.

9. VOLUNTEER AT THE POLICE STATION

to go out and get the policemen some fresh coffee before their shift begins. Or when it's over. I do not know if this is illegal or not. Looks like to me that a kind gesture by a law-abiding citizen like you, wouldn't be against the law, but check first. Then in a casual, low-key manner, be at the station house early, say around 6 a.m. and ask the day commander if it would be fine to buy coffee for the guys about to "roll." He might look at you funny, but you never know. This police station just might make "you" an honorary policeman for a day.

10. INVITE OFFICERS OF THE LAW

to your birthday parties. Your anniversary celebrations. And even your children's birthdays. Of course, he or she will come while off-duty. But I think that they would enjoy a few hours to see how a common citizen and his family live. And since you are a law-abiding American, I don't have to tell you to make sure there aren't any guns, illegal drugs or terrorist magazines laying around your house. I'm kidding here. Just invite your favorite officer and have a good time.

Next time . . .

"How To Easily Survive Your First Time In Jail."

ANY LAW ENFORCMENT OFFICER

can do his or her job better if he or she is in a good mood. My hub reveals how to put these brave men and women into a good mood.
can do his or her job better if he or she is in a good mood. My hub reveals how to put these brave men and women into a good mood.

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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great hub, we should all take a big hint from your story.

Voted up and interesting, Joyce.


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maxoxam41 4 years ago from USA

And because you consciously cross an empty street on a red light, the same cop will disrespectfully stop and fine you! If a cop isn't happy in his job, why doesn't he change? He knows what are the entailed difficulties... or maybe his motivation other!


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Mr. Happy 4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

D.E.A. - No ... really? Why? They are known to have smuggled cocaine and perform all sort of questionable missions ...

I don't shake hands either. If You touch a police officer in any way, it may be turned around into an assault - it happened to a good friend of mine.

I bought two officers across the street from where I live two coffees from a coffee place where they were standing in front of doing speed checks and they refused ... They saw me come out of the store too with three coffees: one for me and two for them ...

Haha ... our perceptions are so different. I suppose our experiences are different too. I have been to countless protests and demonstrations, just as a free-lance journalist/photographer and none of the things written here would apply. You would never want to let an officer get too close to You ...

From the last G20, here in Toronto there have been massive lawsuits against the police department for abuse of power and such. There have been suspensions, investigations ... They are not all as nice as the ones in your photo. I wish they were.

Interesting read. Cheers!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Dearest Kenneth,

I think if one visits the police station too often to say hi they may be escorted to their own padded cell. lol

Very funny my friend.

Voted up up and away


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

Good point here. It is a rough job and they deserve some thanks. Great hub, but I have to agree with Sueswan about the visiting too often...haha.


Debra Emerson 4 years ago

All the law officers do a great job, they need some thanks for there hard work. Thank you Kenny for this hub to remind us what law officers do for this country.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

No matter what someone's job is, it's good to respect their position until they show you they don't deserve your respect. You once again gave your readers an enjoyable and funny hub!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, writer 20,

and thank you for your support in words. I appreciate it so much. If I can ever be of help to you, (and I am not a policeman), just call or yell and I will do what I can to help.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, maxoxam,

you make a legitimate point. I guess I could exercise some tact in my gestures of respect for the officers, but I am always reminded of how sacrificial they were in New York City when the Twin Towers were bombed. They lost a few hundred guys and girls in attempts to rescue the victims. For their willingness to give a 100% of themselves, I wont forget them any way soon.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

How are you, Mr. Happy?

I enjoyed, with much interest, your comment. I have heard rumors about the D.E.A. doing this, and they should be convicted to the fullest extent of the law for their double-standards IF this is true.

And you can be arrested? For shaking hands with an officer? Wow! In my small town, I am on first-name basis with our officers and we are not that elite. We are like Andy Griffith (rest his soul) and Barney Fife (rest his soul too) in Mayberry--laid back and not using "the book," that much, but using diplomacy and keeping citizens protected.

But you let one crime be committed and our guys are on it. FAST! Ive witnessed this first-hand. I suppose I should have provided a disclaimer on my hub that said, "10 Ways to Make A Small Town Policeman's Day Better." My bad.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest Susan,

thanks for your sweet comment. And do not worry. "I" do not visit our police station at all, but this one time years ago I did. My eldest graddaughter, Alexis and I had fed some squirrels at our local park and I thought it prudent to tell our policemen for some people had seen us there and I thought that maybe we had broken a law.

Upon confessing our deed, the cop, a friend of mine, named Benji, smiled and said, "what crime are you talking about?" So I took it from his response, feeding squirrels was fine.

Thanks again, Susan, for all of your comments and support.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Dear catgypsy,

and Thanks for your kind comment. Policemen (and women) in all divisions of our country DESERVE a lot of our thanks for the jobs they do. And thanks to you and Susan, the trip I usually take to the police station on Mondays to cook for them is now canceled. Wow, and to think that I wasted all of those eggs and flour on biscuits.

Thank you, girls, for opening my eyes.

LOL! Enjoye and loved your comments.

"Sane" Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thanks, dear Debra,

for your sweet words. And thanks for agreeing with me. Hey, you also know our police since YOU live in the same town I do. Am I right? We are on a first-name basis with them.

Keep doing good work, Debra.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, picklesandrufus,

you are so right in your comment. Respect officers until they do otherwise. And that does happen too. Those guys and girls who abuse their positions shouldnt wear the badge.

Kenneth

Visit with me again.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

OMG...ha-ha-ha-larious! Love the sarcasm! Hey - would you like some unsolicited input for your next piece 'How to Easily Survive Your First Time in Jail' ?

Learn to touch your toes!!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

LOL, thanks, ImKarn, for that lively piece of advice that I pray I never have to use. I think I will go now and buy our local cops a dozen doughnuts and ask for Three of them as a delivery fee. LOL.

Kenneth


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Shri Mc 4 years ago

Nice hub Since a few of my friends are officers and we do forget to be nice to each other during some conversations...yes a bottle of water or volunteering some of my time.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Shri Mc . . .thank you sincerely, for your nice comments. Police officers do more than the average citizen knows about. And they hide their personal tragedies just to make sure that "we" are taken care of. Police officers in my bold, humble opinion, not only need a huge raise, but more insurance for their hospital bills and insurance to help with their families when they are out of work due to a job-related incident.

God bless ALL police officers everywhere!!!!!

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