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Thank a policeman

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

The other day a salesman from ADT dropped by our house while my husband and oldest son were out working with the horses.  The salesman began to tell them how high the crime rate is in our area of town and how we should consider purchasing a security system. My husband politely told him that we did not need a security system, but the salesman keep on pushing. Finally, my husband explained to the salesman he had a gun and that was all the protection he needed. The man stood for a moment looking first at my son and then back at my husband, before he quickly said, “Thank you, sir,” and got in his van and drove away.

Point of the story?  First, don’t believe any salesman who tries to scare you into buying something, and secondly, don’t believe the hype that we have a crime problem in Louisa County.

Sure we have crime, but then again what part of Virginia or, for that matter, what part of the world doesn’t have crime. Personally, I do not believe that our rate of crime is high in Louisa County. What makes our county different is the men and women who serve here.

I talk daily with our local law enforcement officers and see firsthand the dedication they have in making Louisa County safe. It’s not an easy job.

Town of Louisa Police Chief Jessie Shupe, along with Louisa County Sheriff Ashland Fortune and Chief Deputy Major Donald Lowe are always looking for ways to continually educate officers on new laws, obtain certifications in specialties such as cell phone forensics or secure up-to-date equipment, all without dipping into the pockets of the citizens they serve.

Recently, a grant from Safe Surfin’ enabled the town police to obtain ballistic vests for all their officers, and the sheriff’s office will soon be able to purchase more rifles and begin a motorcycle unit through funds obtained through a state Medicaid fraud lawsuit.

The men and women of law enforcement work hard and always place our safety above their own and we should all be appreciative of what they do, both the things we may know about and others we don’t.

So, join me in expressing thanks and gratitude to these officers who unselfishly place themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis to protect us all.

Next time you see an officer, stop and let them know that you appreciate what they do, the long hours that they work and the danger they put themselves in each day to protect citizens of Louisa County. And don’t forget to thank their families who unselfishly support them, despite the fact they their loved one works nights, weekends, major holidays and family celebrations.

By Paula Hawthorne