Happy New Year
Life is truly like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. 2016 seems somewhat like a blur, it flew by so fast. But, what a year! It was full of ups and downs and we fought like heck to rid ourselves of some of the worst that government has to offer. In most cases, we succeeded. Others, well, we have to deal with them a little longer.
That being said, the most important thing to remember is going home at the end of your shift. Don’t take unnecessary risks that could possibly endanger your career, or even worse, your safety. There was plenty of crime before you started your career, there is plenty now and there will always be plenty of crime and criminals - especially in the greater Miami-Dade County area. Always be mindful that you are human and as such, you were created fallible. However your every action will be judged, scrutinized, criticized, by people who oftentimes believe they are perfect humans. If following the speed requirements by your particular departmental SOP means that you get to a call longer, so be it. If it means you missed the bad guys by minutes, so be it. Like I mentioned earlier, there are plenty of bad guys, so maybe next time.
Risking your livelihood or your safety is just not worth it. In the eyes of cowardly elected officials,
you are that very scapegoat they need for their self-preservation. If you get hurt, or even disabled, you see how difficult workers compensation is to deal with; their job is to deny you as much as they possibly can.
Make 2017 the safest year yet. Make it the happiest and healthiest year ever, and may you and your loved ones have a prosperous and dynamic year.
The Line of Duty
By now most of you are aware of the PBA’s worldwide release of the song commissioned in attempt to create harmony and peace with the relations that have stifled our communities for so long. The PBA was blessed to have local artist and international singing sensation, Jon Secada, as the singer along with incredible talent to accompany him.
Joel Somellian and Jon Secada co-wrote the song titled, “Line of Duty.” Both Jon and Joel have won
several Grammys and have worked with some of the most famous singers of our time. The lyrics are beautiful but the song does go to one’s soul, especially those in our profession. A local talent, Liza Quintana, sang backup. She is also the daughter of a City of Miami police officer. Nashville talent, like Drummer Huber and guitarist Kenny Greenberg, also joined the project after learning what the project was for. A huge thank you goes out to them for making this dream a reality.
If you haven’t heard it yet, you can download it from any music source. We encourage everyone to play it at different venues. Proceeds go to the Love Fund, Inc., which aids law enforcement officers
families killed in the line of duty, as well as those who have exhausted all means to pay medical bills, etc. when stricken by illness. So, please enjoy the song, convince others to download it and let’s help spread “Line of Duty.”
The PBA was honored to provide our hall for the annual multi-agency motor unit training course. After the classroom training, nearly 100 motor units rode in an escort exercise with members of the secret service. The ride was also dedicated to City of Miami Motor Officer, Jorge Sanchez, who was killed in a car crash.
Thank you to all the PBA volunteers that helped make it a special day to all our motor officers.