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Get to Know Your Local Police

Rosalie Murphy

It can be easy to dismiss local police, especially when they're writing us traffic tickets. But in times of crisis, they might sacrifice their lives to protect us from harm. So this week, get to know your local cops. Spring for a cup of coffee for that patrol car parked on your block. Shake an officer's hand. And make sure to thank them.

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  • Pete Murphy

    In Chattanooga we have a ride along program that let's citizens spend all or part of a shift with an officer. That is a very good way to appreciate what it is they are doing for us day in and day out. You can't walk in their shoes, but you can walk (ride) with them for one of their work days. Contact Chattanooga Police at (423) 643-5090 to request the form to request a ride along.

  • Rosalie Murphy

    Just thinking about how quiet this Friday is compared to last week... Officer Sean Collier was just 26 when he was shot during the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects on the MIT campus while I was at work last week. The death toll from the Texas fertilizer plant explosion is up to 15, most of whom were first responders... Thank goodness weeks as chaotic as the last one aren't common, but I (and most of my Bostonian friends) are especially thankful for cops right now.