This speech comes a little earlier than planned.
But life happened – and today is my last as a serving police officer.
I wanted to write a handful of parting words to four particular groups of people: the public we serve, the press who observe, the politicians who govern and the police officers & staff who I have worked alongside for more than twenty-five years.
I. The Public
Sir Robert Peel had it right from the very beginning: you are us and we are you. You are the reason why we do what we do.
Ask most Coppers why they joined and they will tell you simply that they wanted to make a difference: for communities, for families, for victims, for the vulnerable, for those struggling souls stumbling through the very worst days of their lives.
It was never about money or power or fame. It was for the adventure and for the painful privilege of venturing into the hurting places.
And I want you to know that, in spite of our very evident imperfections, the vast majority of the men and women I’ve been privileged to work with down the years are just...
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