NATIONAL POLICE SUICIDE FOUNDATION
Providing Training and Support since 1997
This past month, I was conducting a training in Washington State for Behind the Badge Foundation. During my training sessions, I wanted to know how many agencies had a “two person cruiser”, the answer was “ZERO”!!! Because of the computer and additional weapons, I can understand why that is true today, but unfortunately the average officer is missing out on the many opportunities of having a partner riding on your shift each day.
During my police career in Baltimore Police Department, I was blessed with a wonderful partner for over 18 years. Throughout the years, we grew to respect and trust each other every day we went out on the street. We had many dangerous moments when we needed to rely on each other, and I never once had any doubts that Charles would always be there for me. In fact, I recall one dangerous situation that we faced when we were responding to a bank robbery, when Charles pushed me aside and went in ahead of me into the line of fire. This could have cost him his life. Later, when I thanked him, I questioned why he would place himself in” harm’s way” for me. He smiled and said, “Because you are my partner and I’m not going to let anything happen to you.” As a Police Officer our partner can make or break us. With all the difficulties we face on the street along with the stress at home we could use a partner to talk to and rely on in times of difficulty and danger.
In 1964, while serving in the Marine Corps, I was experiencing a lot of stress and uncertainty until that night in August, while lying in my rack I gave my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. From that moment on I had a new partner in my life! Just a Charles risked his life that day for me Christ went to the cross and gave His life for you and me.
It’s never too late to take Christ as your spiritual partner. All you need to do is say, “Father, I recognize you as my Lord and Savior, come and take charge of my life.”
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even
unto the end of the world.”
Dr. Robert E. Douglas, Jr.