Answer by Rick Bruno:
We know that your "little angel" isn't one.
We know you pay our salaries. You have to, it's not out of your generosity.
We don't like to talk about work with people who don't know what we do.
Real police work is not what you see on TV. We can't solve your crime/problem/social injustice in an hour.
Some incidents are not crimes. They're shames.
You might be tougher than me, but I will win in the long run. Believe it.
If I give you a break, it's because I chose to. Not because your mother's cousin is a cop.
We carry the job home with us. We remember the tragedies, traffic fatalities, hurt or dead babies, ruined lives, battered wives, bullied kids, suicides, and the insults. We remember.
We also remember the rare occasions someone says thanks.
We don't do this job for the power or prestige you might think it brings. We do it because we are tired of seeing good people suffer, and we want to help and protect them from the wolves.
(I retired after 37 years on the job.)