Today on Days to Remember we celebrate how on January 19th 1998, the first annual Michael the Archangel Award was awarded to Pat Boone, by the National Assn., of Chief of Police.
Pat Boone was honored for a good police record, and received the inaugural Michael the Archangel Award on Monday January 19th from the National Association of Chiefs of Police in West Hollywood California.
How this all came about was that Boone wrote a song about officers injured or killed in the line of duty.
Boone said that after a civil disturbance during the 1960s and 1970s he wrote song called, “Won’t Be Home Tonight,” about an officer killed in a drug bust.
If you haven’t heard the song before or just not a Pat Boone fan, today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name, (barnabas 123) gives you a little video below of what the song entails.
Boone has said, “I wanted to humanize the police. I wanted the songs to be played on the radio, to counteract the thinking that law enforcement is our enemy.”
How dangerous is it to be a police officer nowadays?
According to FBI statistics, 27 police officers were feloniously killed in 2013, the lowest raw number in more than 50 years. (The previous low was 41 in 2008.)
If we go by officer homicides as a percentage of active-duty police, it was probably the safest year in a century. The number of cops killed on duty has been falling since the mid-1990s, consistent with the overall drop in violent crime in America.
Most criminologists believe that today’s police departments are more professional than ever before. Cops tend to get more training, and departments are guided by defined rules and procedures. Most decent-size police agencies have internal affairs departments, and a growing number of cities have installed citizen review boards.
That hardly means there are no problems in policing today, of course, or that these developments suffice to safeguard civil liberties. But it’s likely that the ubiquity of cell phone cameras and the diffusive power of social media are simply making us more aware of rule-breaking cops, rather than showing that there are more of them than before.
Multiple studies, including from the Justice Department, have shown that the guns used in homicides, including the killing of police officers, overwhelmingly tend to be small-caliber handguns. Moreover, gun ownership has increased over the past 20 years the same period in which both the violent crime rate and the killing of police officers have been in decline.
I dedicate this story to all the honest police officers that keep our neighborhoods safe, without them it would be like the Wild West all over again.
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