Recently, we've had three great examples of the good work our police department does. They've recovered property stolen from the new electric car plant, assisted in the capturing of a federal fugitive, and helped execute a warrant search for a bank robbery suspect. Though these are the most visible examples of the work they do, they aren't the things that have the most impact on our community.
The biggest effect they have on the community though, are the things that never happen. The drunk driver that never hurts or kills someone because he gets pulled over before he has a chance. The kid that doesn't turn into a serious criminal because he gets picked up the first time he does something wrong and decides to go a different direction. The thief that never has a chance to steal someone's property because he's caught in the act.
While everyone complains when they get a ticket for an unbuckled seatbelt or for going a few miles over the speed limit, we all owe a debt of gratitude for the people who keep us safe and continue to make sure that some things never happen.