- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It cannot be said too often or too much how dangerous the work of law enforcement officers is (“4 officers shot in house raid,” Associated Press, Web, Friday). When they put on their uniforms, they never know if they will return home at the end of their shifts. Sadly, too many times they don’t. On other occasions, they are injured severely, as was the case in the recent shooting of four officers in Lakewood, N.J., when a SWAT team was involved in a raid.

Patrolman Jonathan Wilson was critically injured after being shot in the face during a shootout. He may lose his eye as a result. Not only he but also his wife and four children must bear the trauma and suffering of his injuries. Three other officers - Lt. Greg Meyer, Sgt. Louis Sasso and Patrolman Leonard Nieves Sr. - also were shot and injured.

For their willingness to devote their lives to a profession that involves significant risk in an age when criminals do not hesitate to return gunfire and resort to other dangerous weapons, the public should be more appreciative of law enforcement officers and what they do. Their willingness to protect communities and minimize harm to individuals is a great sacrifice they make unflinchingly and for the greater good of us all.

KAREN L. BUNE

Adjunct professor

George Mason University

Arlington

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