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Law Enforcement: The Ultimate Safety Pin

Law Enforcement:  The Ultimate Safety Pin

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, many groups in the United States, including African Americans, Muslims and women, are feeling scared and uneasy.

I won’t go into the absolute nonsense of that feeling and by feeling that way, it just shows you that that media is successful in controlling the thoughts and fears of some Americans.  Last Tuesday proved that it was just “some”.

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After all, it’e easy to call Donald Trump and his supporters racist, bigoted, homophobic and xenophobic.  It’s much harder to actually prove it.

Despite that, some Americans have opted to wear ‘safety pins’ in an effort to show others they are there for them if they are fearful for what is to come.

It seems that the ‘safety pin’ is their ‘safe place’.

For law enforcement, we know the safety pin in real life.

When citizens are victimized or scared or lost, who do they call?  They call law enforcement.

When black citizens are victimized by the brutal gang violence happening in our inner cities, who do they call?  They call law enforcement.

When homosexuals are the targets of hate crimes and sickening violence as we saw in Orlando, who do they call?  They call law enforcement.

When Muslim Americans recognize terror activity or victimized by hate crimes, who do they call?  They call law enforcement.

When Black Lives Matter groups needs help and security, who do they call?  They call law enforcement.

pinpoliceDo you understand the theme here?  The most insulting thing I have heard in years is when I am asked if certain “lives matter” to me or my brothers and sisters behind the badge.

Are you kidding me?

When gunfire erupts in a neighborhood, who goes quickly? Law enforcement does.

My own wife lost her dad at the age of 4 because as an Oklahoma State Trooper, he cared for the citizens enough to give up his life.  She has spent over two decades sitting at home while I’m at work, understanding the dangers of the job because we do care.

Do you want to know how to make the job of a peace officer safer?  It’s when they don’t care so what do you think these line of duty deaths mean?

It means that law enforcement not only cares but they care enough to die for it.

If there was one group that should never be questioned on whether they care about everyone, it’s law enforcement.

We literally give our lives for that cause.

So I say go ahead and wear your little safety pins.  I hope it makes you feel good about buying into more lies and deception from our mainstream news media and while you do that, know this.

If you really need help or you really feel threatened, there is one group that will be standing and waiting to help you regardless of race, color, creed, sexual preference or national origin.

It is the American Police Officer.  Our safety pin is on and we are always ready to help.



About The Author


Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. An ILEETA Trainer of the Year, his Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates is a current Doctoral Student in Strategic Leadership and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for SAFETAC Training ( and the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute (, providing leadership consulting and training to law enforcement around the world.

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