After all the May Day violence, not only against property but against law enforcement, I feel this is a good time to thank them for all they do. As a Designated Mental Health Professional working in crisis mental health in Thurston/Mason Counties, Thurston County Jail, mobile crisis in King County and currently a crisis stabilization unit, I feel I am in a good position to speak to numerous ways law enforcement, and Corrections Deputies, go above and beyond for people when they do not have to, because they care.
There is not enough space for me to write all of the considerate, courteous actions/ statements I have witnessed from law enforcement and Corrections Deputies that have made a positive difference for someone. One of the most moving experiences for me came last night when a Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputy brought us a person who was intent on committing suicide, and because of a team of specially trained Sheriff’s Deputies, over a span of several hours, were able to help him through it, saving his life, and quite possibly other lives as well.
This is only one instance of the many times lives are saved because of the intervention of law enforcement that we never hear about. I urge all of you to support the law enforcement community, let them know they are appreciated for the work they do. You never know when they might be called upon to save you, or one you love.