Belmont Police Department
In Officio Virtus Probitasque
"Virtue and Honor in Duty"



What is a Police Officer

What is a Police Officer

It is a police officer, not the reporter, who protects the freedom of the press.

It is a police officer, not the poet, who guards our freedom of speech.

It is a police officer, trained in the legal and ethical use of force, ready to defend the innocent and weak against the aggressive and violent, who stands ready to protect even with his or her life if necessary.

It is a police officer, not the campus organizer, who insures freedom of assembly.

It is a police officer, not the attorney, who warns criminal defendants of their rights.

It is a police officer who discloses all evidence, even that which may weaken a case, in the interest of a fair trial.

It is a police officer, not the not the preacher, who safeguards our liberties, including the freedom to worship.

It is a police officer who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who protects the protester who burns the flag.

It is a police officer who vigilantly serves the public, protecting society from evil and preserving our freedoms.

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