Greetings once again are extended to my gentle readers to the world of “The Gumshoe”. It has been several weeks since my last posting as I have had to deal with pressing personal family matters and my creative writing “juices” seemed to have hit a “dry spell”.
My writing hiatus got me thinking about “Do Over’s”. In plenty of children’s games they allow their fellow playmates a “Do Over”; sort of like, “Kings X” to start over again to get it right.
How often in my gypsy police career would I have wanted the magical power of calling a “Do Over”. The sad facts that in police work the responding officer, deputy, assigned case detective, special agent has to do it right the first time and every time without the luxury of “Do Over” or “King’s X”.
I think it is funny that both lawyers and doctors have a “practice” in their chosen professions while law enforcement officers don’t. Wouldn’t you want a doctor not to “practice” on you nor would you hire a lawyer to try your case as “practice”? Does this term “practice” give them an escape clause if things go wrong? Maybe it is just their professional “Do Over” in disguise?
Enforcing the laws of the land is not a “practice”, it is a sworn oath taken by law enforcement professionals to uphold the laws of the land as determined by the U.S. Constitution and other legislative laws on the books. This is pretty “heady” stuff for a young officer working a street beat.
The police slang was “all codes and all roads” and “you have a badge on your chest and the power to arrest”. I never heard the term, go out and “practice” being a street cop. This brings to my mind the character “Yoda” from Star Wars when he gave this admonishment to Luke Skywalker: “There is no try, just do!” This wisdom from this midget (height challenged to be PC) green creature with the pointy ears and big eyes is the mantra for all new police recruits as they face the unknown’s on the responding end of the 911 calls.
I was very fortunate and indeed blessed by God that the calls and cases that I worked did not have me regret not having a “Do Over”. I always learned just to “Do Better” each and every time without “practice”. Now if I only could have a “Do Over” in my own personal life!
Until next time folks, this is the Gumshoe signing off for now. Please love the ones who love you.