Good Will

As Christmas approached this year, a number of churches and organizations stopped by with home baked cookies and candies for our police officers. Each package came with a note of appreciation. Each gift is received with gratitude not just for the treats but also for the recognition and appreciation.

I recalled back to my earlier days as an officer in Grand Island, Nebraska when a local attorney, John Wagoner, would stop by each year on Christmas Eve Day with a roaster and a turkey inside that he had prepared to leave for the police and sheriff’s department officers. I was told that Mr. Wagoner had been keeping up this transition for a number of years. There were other cards and packages left but Mr. Wagoner’s was special because he was a formidable force in the courtroom as a defense attorney but still held other members of the criminal justice system with respect.

In later years Mr. Wagoner had difficulty getting around but continued to stop by each year. The note of thanks that accompanied was meaningful.

We do our work out of obligation, duty and compassion; however, during this time of year, it is good to remember that most folks appreciate what you do.

About Gary Smith

Chief Smith has served over 31 years in the criminal justice field. He is currently a consultant assisting public and private organizations better establish community goals and ethical conduct with the members of their organizations. Chief Smith serves as a facilitator, lecturer, professor and other capacities both inside and outside the criminal justice field.
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