21 Nov 2016
November 21, 2016

Brotherhood – Why is it important?

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Brotherhood – Why it’s important

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What is brotherhood? Well Merriam Webster defines it as: the quality or state of being brothers; fellowship, alliance; an association (as a labor union or monastic society) for a particular purpose; the whole body of persons engaged in a business or profession.

Now before I get messages from the women out there, brotherhood will be used in this article to simplify the message. Lets be clear, the brotherhood I refer to is not gender specific nor should it be. This category includes both genders and is not meant to discriminate between the two.

Now I have known the sibling brotherhood from childhood as I grew up with brothers then went on to the military to make new brothers. After that, spending years in the law enforcement arena, I have made even more brothers. Now don’t mistake my description of brothers as trivial. I take it very seriously when I refer to someone as a “brother”. This moniker has been reserved for those I call the closest of friends, the ones I know will have my back NO MATTER the consequences, and I will have theirs.

So why is brotherhood important?

I believe this bond is not only an asset but a necessity of life. I for one cannot imagine going through life without knowing I had people I could count on in the most dire of circumstances. And, I would argue that those who do experience those most dire of circumstances are there because, in part, they do not have brothers.

At the time of this article there had been 4 officer shot in a span of 24 hours.

There is a unique bond that forms in the ranked of law enforcement. It is quite similar to that of soldiers in war. Much of this can be attributed to the loss of friends on the job. It’s also a culture of us against them. Them being the evil doers and perpetrators of the aforementioned violent/deadly acts.

The bond of brotherhood is essential among the law enforcement community. If there was no brotherhood I wager that a large percentage of officers would not be on the job or go to work any longer. It is a very violent and dangerous world out there for one person to shoulder.

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These are tumultuous times for our country and, by virtue, our law enforcement community. Let’s make sure we are embracing the brotherhood culture and serving ourselves and our colleagues in the best possible way.

Stay safe, Gods speed,

Joe

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