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A Better Region 8: Law enforcement as a career to a new generation

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Think about elementary school.  That's about the time when adults really start asking "what do you want to be when you grow up?"

I remember my friends growing up had the standard answers.  They wanted to be everything from a fireman, to a doctor. and even the president of the United States.  All of those are honorable and are always looked upon as great professions and goals. 

But my dear friend Daryl realized early on what he wanted to do... he wanted to be a Sheriff's Deputy. To all the rest of us, that made him really cool especially since he went on to become a deputy and has nearly 30 years on the job. 

Fast forward to the elementary school students of today hearing the news of yet another tragic murder of a law enforcement officer doing his job. 

Kentucky State Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was shot and killed Sunday night after a traffic stop and police chase. This generation of kids might have a whole different view of careers in law enforcement. Their perception could go from a dangerous but honorable career... to a deadly one. 

Think about it, over 20 law enforcement officers have been killed by gunfire so far in 2015. We've done stories on Region 8 News about how hard it is to recruit new police officers.

So who can do something to help recruit new law enforcement officers in light of what's happening?  It's all of us!  We need to show respect to our law enforcement officers who are doing a good job especially when young people are involved.

We are the ones who can reinforce the honor of protecting and serving and make sure our children understand what an admirable and notable vocation law enforcement really is.

We are the key. Honoring and supporting our law enforcement will help them through this time. It will do some good to show our children how important “wearing the badge” is to our society, and it will make this, A Better Region 8.

- Chris Conroy, KAIT VP & General Manager

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