My right hand went up; when I took an oath to support and defend the Constitutions of the United States of America and the State of Georgia.

My right hand went up; when I swore to faithfully enforce the laws of the United States of America and the State of Georgia.

My right hand went up, when I swore to protect the United States of America and the State of Georgia from Foreign and Domestic criminals.

My right hand went up; when I took an oath under God to be a peacemaker (Matthew5:9).

As I brought my right hand down; I stood with my head held high proud to be called a Police Officer.

Now I stand with both of my hands up

My hands are up, because I place my life on the line every day for those who don’t appreciate me.

My hands are up, because citizens no longer hold each other accountable for their sinful actions.

My hands are up, because as an officer I’m asked to do more but paid less.

My hands are up, because I have to hear parents tell their children, I’ll have that police man take you away.

My hands are up, because one minute I’m called to help and then another minute I’m being called a pig.

My hands are up, because it’s another year where I have to work and miss my wife’s, my son’s or my daughter’s birthday, so that an ungrateful citizen can attend theirs.

My hands are up, covering and wiping my tears away from my eyes.

My hands are up, asking the Lord why another brother or sister in blue had to die.

My hands are up, touching one another as I pray; faithfully taking up the armor of God, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before my tour ends, I pray the Lord my soul to take with angels in BLUE watching my everyway.

My hands are down, as I kiss my wife, my son and my daughter possibly for the last time.

My hands are down, as I walk out the door not knowing if I’ll hear the sound of their sweet voices one more time.

My hands are down, as I walk out the door holding my head up high to fight crime with great pride.

My hands are down knowing that if God shall call me tonight I enjoyed the ride.

Lt. Jose Ramirez

RPD