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P1 First Person: Roll call tributes are an outstanding way to honor fallen officers


By Tom Wetzel
PoliceOne Member

My friend Kevin was recently promoted to Sergeant and has started a novel practice in roll call he conducts. He reviews the Officer Down Memorial Page and picks an officer who was killed in the line of duty. He then talks about the officer and the circumstances that led to his death.

He addresses what the officer may have done wrong and uses it as a teaching moment for personnel under his direction. He then has the officers dedicate that particular shift to the officer who was killed.

It really is an outstanding way to honor our fallen officers. But of special importance though is how their lives can help make ours safer.

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