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IN MEMORIAM: PATROLMAN SCOTT R. THOMPSON
Patrolman Scott Thompson suffered a fatal heart attack while working out in the police department gym as part of its wellness program.
He was transported to Community Medical Center where he passed away.
Patrolman Thompson had served with the Manchester Township Police Department for 17 years. He had previously served with the Seaside Park Police Department, South Toms River Police Department, and Lakehurst Police Department for a combined 12 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
Patrolman Scott Thompson-gone, but never forgotten.
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“MY HANDS ARE UP”
My right hand went up; when I took an oath to support and defend the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Georgia.
My right hand went up; when I swore to faithfully enforce the laws of the United States of America and the State of Georgia.
My right hand went up, when I swore to protect the United States of America and the State of Georgia from Foreign and Domestic criminals.
My right hand went up; when I took an oath under God to be a peacemaker (Matthew5:9).
As I brought my right hand down; I stood with my head held high proud to be called a Police Officer.
Now I stand with both of my hands up
My hands are up, because I place my life on the line every day for those who don’t appreciate me.
My hands are up, because citizens no longer hold each other accountable for their sinful actions.
My hands are up, because as an officer I’m asked to do more but paid less.
My hands are up, because I have to hear parents tell their children, I’ll have that police man take you away.
My hands are up, because one minute I’m called to help and then another minute I’m being called a pig.
My hands are up, because it’s another year where I have to work and miss my wife’s, my son’s or my daughter’s birthday, so that an ungrateful citizen can attend theirs.
My hands are up, covering and wiping my tears away from my eyes.
My hands are up, asking the Lord why another brother or sister in blue had to die.
My hands are up, touching one another as I pray; faithfully taking up the armor of God, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before my tour ends, I pray the Lord my soul to take with angels in BLUE watching my everyway.
My hands are down, as I kiss my wife, my son and my daughter possibly for the last time.
My hands are down, as I walk out the door not knowing if I’ll hear the sound of their sweet voices one more time.
My hands are down, as I walk out the door holding my head up high to fight crime with great pride.
My hands are down knowing that if God shall call me tonight I enjoyed the ride.
Lt. Jose Ramirez
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I still respect the Blue and what they stand for. Unfortunately the many always pay for what the very few bad seeds do.
So lower your hands knowing that most appreciate all that you do.
May God bless the Blue.
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IN MEMORIAM: OFFICER DAVID COLLEY
Police Officer David Colley was killed when his patrol car collided with a tractor trailer at the intersection of Narrow Lane Road and East South Boulevard.
He was responding to a call when the crash occurred at approximately 6:00 am. He was transported to Baptist Medical Center South where he succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Colley had served with the Montgomery Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and 1-year-old child.
Officer David Colley-gone, but never forgotten. 
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RIP Officer Colley
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IN MEMORIAM: OFFICER MICHAEL JOHNSON
Officer Michael Johnson was shot and killed as he and other officers responded to a suicide threat at an apartment complex.
A friend of the subject in the apartment had called police and stated the man was drunk and was possibly having thoughts of hurting himself. As officers approached the building the man stepped onto the balcony and opened fire without warning, fatally wounding Officer Johnson. Other officers returned fire and provided aid to Officer Johnson.
Officer Michael Johnson-gone, but never forgotten. 
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Rip Officer Johnson
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IN MEMORIAM: OFFICER JARED FORSYTH
Police Officer Jared Forsyth was accidentally shot and killed while participating in firearms training at the Lowell Correctional Institution's firing range on NW Gainesville Road at approximately 3:00 pm.
A firearm was accidentally discharged during the training and the round struck Officer Forsyth in the side of his chest, between the panels of his vest. He was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to the wound approximately two hours later.
He is survived by his mother and stepfather.
Officer Jared Forsyth-gone, but never forgotten.
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R.I.P. Officer Forsyth
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CULTURE OF COWARDS
What are we doing to raise the next generation of heroes? Are we facilitating or stunting their development? I raise the questions because I fear American culture is breeding an unhealthy fear of taking risks, and the unintended consequence is cowardice.
Regardless of public policy, there will always be personalities driven to become sheepdogs. And thank goodness, because wolves are everywhere. Intuitively sheepdogs are willing to compromise their safety for the welfare of others. But several factors are present in modern society that can stifle growth.
We have been forced to identify danger at every turn, and remove it from public life as best as possible due to an industry that has made a living stretching the necks of those deemed to be negligent.
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IT IS 2015 – DOES YOUR TRAINING REFLECT THAT?
The year is 2015 and the 21st century law enforcement model is fluid and dynamic. What you learned or how you trained 15, 10 or even 5 years ago may not be enough to fulfill your duties today. How can you be sure that you are on point with your training and tactics?

This problem is not new to law enforcement, however the plausible deniability of “maintaining a minimum standard” may be starting to lose ground in the courts and with the public. At times we are our own worst enemy.

Like it or not, our actions are scrutinized far more than any other profession in public service. There are some things we can do to prepare for a media or public frenzy that loves to come raining down on us with an arm chair -quarterback review of our split second decisions.

Firearms If you do not have that weapon out at least 5 to 6 times a year, spending time shooting, cleaning, reloading it, malfunction and clearing it, you don’t have enough time on it. Pulling it out on your anniversary and putting 50 rounds in a static draw and fire paper target qualification is not firearms training.
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IN MEMORIAM: TROOPER TREVOR CASPER
Trooper Trevor Casper was shot and killed in Fond du Lac while attempting to apprehend a bank robbery and murder suspect.
The subject was believed to have robbed a bank in Wausaukee approximately four hours earlier. Approximately one hour after the bank robbery the suspect abandoned the vehicle he was driving, murdered a citizen, and stole a second vehicle in Marinette County.
Trooper Casper located the second vehicle as it was being driven through Fond du Lac and began following it. The vehicle stopped near the intersection of U.S. 41 and West Johnson Street and the man opened fire on Trooper Casper. Trooper Casper returned fire and both he and the subject were killed.
Trooper Casper had graduated from the police academy only three months prior to the incident. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.
Trooper Trevor Casper-gone, but never forgotten. 
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HERE TODAY….GONE TOMORROW....UNPREDICTABLE
My wife Sara tells me that I’m not allowed to die until I am 85 years old. I took my eyes off the television and looked at her. She had tears coming down her face. I looked at her and said “Yes Honey”. She is the boss! We were watching the news about officers from our area being shot. Thankfully they survived. In Minnesota, where I live, we have had our share of officers being killed. It’s one of the worst feelings you can have when you get news of it. I don’t think we can all understand the emotions that this could have on those who are affected directly. The husbands and wives that worry about their loved ones as they go to work. Your friends and partners that have been killed in the line of work. I can see the emotions in my wife’s eyes. I tell her “I will do my very best to make it home to you, Lance (13), and Paige (17 Months).” Everything is unpredictable in the law enforcement career. I then started thinking about law enforcement altogether. I open my laptop and post a status about it.
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