Understanding the Badge

Why can’t people today understand what a badge is?

It is not simply metal. We don’t hide behind it.

Moreover, the badge is not a magical tool, which makes things happen. It is a symbol of authority. Yet more than that, it also a symbol of dedication, training, commitment, honor, integrity, and service.

Colin Kaepernick

(Pima County Sheriff’s Department)

We, who wear the badge, are a proud group of professionals. We know what it took to earn that badge. Furthermore, we know what it takes to keep it.

The hell we have lived through, the things we have seen, the sacrifices our families and officers have made, outsiders will never know, and sadly, probably never understand.

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Too many forget that the person standing behind that badge is a human being. It is a sad statement of our society today. We can only change that by continuing to do what we do.

Chicago police officer

(Courtesy Antoinette Alcazar)

All honors and respect to you brothers and sisters.

Carry on!

Kevin Cotroneo has served 36 years in law enforcement, retiring from the California Highway Patrol and Mendocino County Sheriff’s – Coroner’s Office, retiring at the rank of sergeant from both.  During that time, he served in such capacities as Highway Interdiction, Officer Involved Shooting Team, Search & Rescue commander, and rangemaster.  He has been an instructor for DRE (Drug Recognition Expert), EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), Firearms, Officer Survival, and Community Awareness.  

Kevin has kept abreast of the current training and trending events in law enforcement, meanwhile adding to his own training, expertise, and experience as a basis to present you the articles he writes.  His goal is to expand awareness, improve survival capabilities, and share trending methods with brother and sister officers. There is always something new to learn and insight to be gained, he is constantly in pursuit of that knowledge. He also hosts the Facebook page, Badges.