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    You guys are too positive and are lowering our standards. Do any of those five businesses have doughnuts or does your brother have to pay his dues visitng insurance brokers and such before getting a good route? Does the town even have a doughnut place? I was surprised how rare doughnut places are out west compared to here in the east, not counting abominations like Dunkin Donuts. Is a discussion of doughnuts still on-topic when the subject is a police officer? Anyway, congratulations to your brother for his new fame.
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    Bruce- This is one example of what the police stations are doing for the community out there. We always hear about the bad things that happen so it seems they're all bad... For once, some of the good they do is shown and you want to act like "big deal he's doing his job"?

    In my view, the discussion of doughnuts is not on-topic when speaking about police officers. My brother doesn't eat doughnuts (any more than a normal person at least )... Does anyone even know why cops are associated with doughnuts? ...I do. There was a point when doughnut shops would give free coffee and doughnuts to cops just to have their presence in their store. Not because "cops like doughnuts"

    The story says "In addition to Allstate, Beauchamp works to forge ties with four other businesses, including some sporting-good stores and an apartment complex." I don't see a food location at all in there at all... Not even a doughnut shop.

    As far as "getting a good route" the whole police force there rotates and everyone works every beat in a rotation... So no, he's not doing this just so he can get a "good route with all the doughnut shops".

    He's only been on the job for about 3+ years, so I think he's doing pretty dang good. And this "they do good only for benefits of themselves" view is completely incorrect. I really doubt having an article written about cops (and happening to have his photo and quotes) is really going to "fame" him either. But I sure was happy to see cops put in a positive light finally... Nobody wants to see that. They want to see them beating up someone.

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    Congratulations to your brother, Andy! I hope he sees that you posed this. I think it's a pretty good idea, and as you say, it's nice to see some of the positive side of law enforcement covered in the media.
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    I'm not trying to put down your brother, Andrew, or what he does. I think it's pretty cool he made it into the paper and that's why I said congratulations. As I said, everybody was being too uniformly positive. Remember, this is a forum where even a potting mix preference can lead to blows. So I was trying to liven things up. The doughnut thing is fun, just like what I'd expect if I mentioned being a state worker. Within that number of posts, someone surely would have asked whether I sleep at a desk or in a truck. It's part of the territory. But I do disagree with one thing a lot have said, because I think the media overall gives a pretty rosy picture of people in law enforcement. Especially when you factor in the generations of police shows most of us grew up on.

    To say something in support of police officers, in my fair and balanced Fox News kind of way, I get a lot of my work health & safety training at the state fire academy. Years ago, we got to talking about heart attacks and someone wondered how much the stress of fighting fires caused firefighters to have more heart attacks. The instructor said he thought it worked the opposite because he felt that fighting a fire let him release all his aggression beating back the fire. When it was over, he felt pretty good about everything. He said to compare that with a police officer, who goes into similarly stressful, life-threatening situations but can't attack a suspect the way a firefighter can attack a fire. At the same moment a firefighter goes in for the kill, a police officer has to pull back, bottle it up and keep it inside. Unfortunately, that job hazard isn't as photogenic as flying bullets and tends to be ignored.

    There are police officers who are stellar examples of the human race, others who are jerks, and then a whole lot that are in between, like most of us. They aren't inherently better because of being police officers. I'd hate having to do their job and suspect most would hate to do mine.
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    Bruce, while I understand where you are coming from, I do not understand why you say this thread needed to be ‘livened up.’

    While in a discussion on police officers, observations about the profession is warranted and desired, I do not see this really as a discussion on police officers.

    This thread is about Andrew’s bro making it in the paper whilst on the job, and in a positive light for him and the profession. Why should congratulations and support comments not be positive? We are not discussing our opinions of police in society and such. Perhaps this is not the thread for a lively discussion about police officers.
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    Congrats I bet eh was surprised

    ncie to see cops int he news for doing something good cause I'm tired of seeing them in the news for like using "excessive force" and stuff I hate all the bad press they get.
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    No, Finch, I wasn't coming from anywhere, it was just an attempt at humor gone awry.
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    wasnt talking about your humor part... I got it, by the way,... was talking about what you said about police not being inherently better because of being police officers.

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    I know all about humor like this gone awry... case and point my own attempt at similar humor http://terraforums.com/forums/showth...light=chat+box ...
    that makes no logic

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