The past year in our country has been a difficult one for law enforcement officers, to say the least. From civil unrest in some cities and a lack of community support in some areas, to dealing with the pandemic—these are some of the biggest challenges our officers have had to adapt to and confront as part of their sworn duties. The oaths our officers swear to are to defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Michigan and to uphold the laws of our land.

The purpose of these sacred documents are to provide the citizens and community at large a safe and secure place to live and raise our families. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are some of the principles our country was founded on. We cannot achieve and support these ideals without law, order and accountability in our society. We need the peacekeepers, the law enforcement officers, in and around our communities to help ensure we live up to and perpetuate the ideals set forth by our founding fathers. For without law enforcement and the justice system we would have anarchy in its place. We would not be able to live our lives in peace or security and the dreams of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness would fade away as vapors in the wind.

We need our law enforcement officers. We need to support them and provide them the funding, the training and the equipment to do the jobs we ask them to do on our behalf. Without our support we not only impede the officers’ ability to serve, we put them in harm’s way unnecessarily, and by extension, we put ourselves in the community in harm’s way.

Now more than ever we must support our law enforcement officers 100 percent. Theirs is a tough job to do and it’s getting more difficult and more scrutinized every day. But with the proper support and funding, our officers can continue doing the remarkable work they do day in and day out.

On behalf of Lapeer County Central Dispatch, I want to take this moment to recognize all of our law enforcement officers for their extraordinary professionalism and dedication to duty. It is that dedication, even in these difficult times, that keeps our community safe and helps to deliver our dreams of a country where each individual has the right to life, liberty and happiness. Thank you for being there for us day and night, every day.

—Jeffrey Satkowski,
Executive Director,
Lapeer County Central Dispatch