Department of Florida

From the Chairman

Always a Cop
Once the badge goes on, it never comes off, whether they can see it, or not. It fuses to the soul through adversity, fear and adrenaline and no one who has ever worn it with pride, integrity and guts, can ever sleep through the “call of the wild” that wafts through bedroom windows in the deep of the night.

When a good Cop leaves the “Job” and retires to a better life , many are jealous, some are pleased and yet others, who may have already retired…wonder. We wonder if he knows what he’s leaving behind, because we already know. We know for example, that after a lifetime of camaraderie that few experience, it will remain as a longing for those past times. We know that in the law enforcement life there is a fellowship which last long after the uniforms are hung up in the back of the closet. We know even if he throws them away, they will be on him every step and breath that remains in his life. We also know how the very bearing of the man speaks of what he was and in his heart, still is.

These are the burdens of the job. You will still look at people suspiciously, still see what others do not see or choose to ignore and always look at the rest of the law enforcement world with a respect for what they do; only grown in a lifetime of knowing. Never think for one moment you are escaping from that life. You are only escaping the “job” and merely being allowed to leave “active duty”.
So what I wish for you is that whenever you ease into retirement, in your heart you never forget for one moment that “Blessed are the peace makers because they will be called the children of God”; and you are still a member of the greatest fraternity the world has ever known.

There are those who think they understand. And then…there are Cops!…

Author Unknown…..
Article in Law Enforcement for Life!
by: Ron Skyrm, Retired LEO

All American Legion Post, and District Law & Order Chairman please remember that all Applications for Law Enforcement Officer, Fire Fighter and Paramedic of the year must be submitted to the Department by April 22, 2020 to be considered for the Department Convention Awards.