Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
On Tuesday August 3, 2021 from 12pm to 9pm, the Alburtis Police Department held its 14th Annual National Night Out Event at the Alburtis Area Community Center's Pool. For the first time this even...
Saturday, July 17th, 2021
The Borough of Alburtis Police Department was sorry to see three part-time police officers leave in 2021. Ryan Geist resigned in February to take a full time position as a police officer out of the c...
Saturday, October 31st, 2020
The Alburtis Police Department once again provided glowsticks to each student at Alburtis Elementary School. We would like to thank the teachers for handing them out and helping to keep our kids safe...
The annual Hawaiian Luau and the National Night Out event for 2020 have been officially cancelled. We look forward to 2021, as we hope for bigger and better events.
"THE POLICEMAN"

In 1970, Paul Harvey (1918-2009) wrote a powerful newspaper column called "What Are Policemen Made Of".  Paul Harvey's father, a police officer, was killed in 1921 when Paul Harvey was just 3 years old.

"The Policeman" is the title of the radio broadcast as read by Paul Harvey.

For the YOUTUBE Video of "THE POLICEMAN" click here.

 

“The Policeman”

A policeman is a composite of what all men are, mingling of a saint and sinner, dust and deity.

What that really means is that they are exceptional, they are unusual, they are not commonplace. Buried under the froth is the fact: and the fact is, less than one-half of one percent of policemen misfit the uniform. And that is a better average than you would find among clergymen!

What is a policeman? He, of all men, is at once the most needed and the most wanted. A strangely nameless creature who is “sir” to his face and “pig” or worse to his back.

He must be such a diplomat that he can settle differences between individuals so that each will think he won.

But…If the policeman is neat, he is conceited; If he’s careless, he’s a bum. If he’s pleasant, he’s a flirt; If he’s not, he’s a grouch.

He must make instant decisions which would require months for a lawyer.

But…if he hurries, he’s careless; If he’s deliberate, he’s lazy. He must be first to an accident, infallible with a diagnosis. He must be able to start breathing, stop bleeding, tie splints and above all, be sure the victim goes home without a limp.

The police officer must know every gun, draw on the run, and hit where it doesn’t hurt. He must be able to whip two men twice his size and half his age without damaging his uniform and without being “brutal.” If you hit him…he’s a coward. If he hits you…he’s a bully.

The policeman, from a single human hair, must be able to describe the crime, the weapon, the criminal and tell you where the criminal is hiding. But…if he catches the criminal, he’s lucky; if he doesn’t, he is a dunce.

He runs files and writes reports until his eyes ache, to build a case against some felon who will get “dealed out” by a shameless shamus.

The policeman must be a minister, a social worker, a diplomat, a tough guy and a gentleman.

And of course, he’ll have to be a genius…for he will have to feed a family on a policeman’s salary.

 

 

 

Also please see "Fireman" also known as "Fire and Ice" by Paul Harvey 
click here for the YOUTUBE Video


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