A Message from

the front lines

A guest post by Sergeant Adam Shaw

Wells, ME Police Department

June 3, 2020

I just signed up for a detail. I signed up for a detail for a protest on Saturday for George Floyd.

If I’m being honest, I’m scared. Not scared of doing the job I’ve been doing for years. I’m scared of what can be.

I took this detail to uphold the oath I gave to protect and serve, and am bringing awareness to the wrongful death of a man.

Instead I’ll be seen as an enemy.

I’ve always taken pride in making sure the public trusts me as I have been trusted with a huge responsibility to all. But because of a bad cop, that trust is gone right now.

I get it and am not mad at people who lost trust, I just hope they can see it’s not the majority that are bad. I hope to have no one like that officer in this profession, but that’s like hoping for no crime in this world.

It makes me sad that the planning of this detail must take place; that a man’s death is being used as an excuse to do more wrong to the world.

Again, I’ll admit that there’s an extremely small percentage in my profession who are like the officer in Minneapolis. I’ll further admit that I am so proud and happy that I haven’t had to work with any officers like him because our agency won’t tolerate it and does an excellent job of vetting them out.

I absolutely love my job and will put myself in harms way for any person. It has never mattered who was in trouble, or who was causing the trouble because all I see in both situations is a broken human being. A human being who is struggling and calls out for, and wants our help. Or a human being who is in a situation where professionally they need to be held accountable for what has happened.

That being said they still need my help. I help by holding them accountable and hoping that in doing so it makes a positive change for them in their life to be able to bounce back from a mistake that causes us to cross paths. But I also hope that because we had to cross paths, they felt like they got the help they needed in a tough time.

I don’t hate anyone in this world. It is too exhausting and tiresome to do that. Hatred has no place in this world from anyone at anytime. Many of times in my career, people have said to me “I’m sorry” for what they’ve done to make us cross paths. I explain I’m not there to judge them or make them feel worse about what has happened. I’m here to make what is most likely their worst time in life a slightly better one, and hope that change can happen from it, because it can if people put in the effort to make that change.

The answer to George Floyd’s death isn’t rioting and hurting more people. The answer is to love and respect everyone as if they’re the most important person to you. Don’t judge them for the wrongs they have done, but instead care for them because for some reason they are hurting.

The other answer is to have someone that you can rely on in your life. A great person and leader I’ve had the pleasure to learn from in my life calls them your “check sixer.” This person is someone you can rely on to keep you in line.  A check sixer isn’t someone who may be your closest friend, but it is someone who can say the tough thing to you when you need it.

I hope this writing finds you well. I hope we all learn to love and respect each other more. There are no sides, there is only life. No matter who they are or what they may have going on, just show them respect. Figure out a way you can help them as they clearly need the help because they are hurting in some way probably. I will never stop showing up to work to serve everyone, and if need be lay my life down for you. I am honored to call myself a Police Officer. I am honored to be your fellow citizen, neighbor, friend or loved one. I am honored to be surrounded by so many brothers and sisters in blue.

Stay safe and God bless.

Share your thoughts with us and feel free to reach out to Sgt. Shaw at ashaw@wellstown.org 

 

“I’ve always taken pride in making sure the public trusts me as I have been trusted with a huge responsibility to all.

But because of a bad cop, that trust is gone right now. “

K-9 Patrol Sergeant Adam Shaw at K-9 Paint Night in Wells, Maine

 

“The answer to George Floyd’s death isn’t rioting and hurting more people. The answer is to love and respect everyone as if they’re the most important person to you. Don’t judge them for the wrongs they have done, but instead care for them because for some reason they are hurting.”

“A great person and leader I’ve had the pleasure to learn from in my life calls them your “check sixer.” This person is someone you can rely on to keep you in line.  

A check sixer isn’t someone who may be your closest friend, but it is someone who can say the tough thing to you when you need it.”

 

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