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Fountain of Wisdom: Law Enforcement
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Americans' favorite inspirational, motivational funny sayings, phrases and quotes from policemen, deputies and other law enforcement officers from all over the U.S.


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“9-1-1. What's your emergency?”  <click> “Oops. Sorry 'bout that!”
  “Community based policing is NOT a destination, but a continuing journey.” In order to be successful you must discard some traditional police beliefs and practices, and learn to think outside of the box. You are only limited by your imagination.
For he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother. --- William Shakespeare
“I’m just looking for a friend.” “I just barely got here.” “I’m not the one.” (The 3 lines I hear the most.)
“Number three.”
“Osicifer...I am not as think as you drunk I am.”
  “The policeman is a peace time soldier always at war. It is not how these officers died that made them heroes. It is how they lived.” (Inscription on the Nat'l Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial)
“What did I do this time?” (Talking to the police chief)
  To recognize always that the power of the police to fulfill their functions and duties is dependent on public approval of their existence, actions and behavior, and on their ability to secure and maintain public respect. --- The Principles of Policing
  We the willing, lead by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little. We are now qualified, to do anything, with nothing. --- Unknown
“You have reached 911. If you've been robbed, please press 1...”
...comfort before safety.
1-800- GET OVER IT
2nd prize: matching set of bracelets...1st prize: you don’t want to know.
99% of the people who cause accidents are idiots, and 99% of the idiots are caused by accidents.
A bad day of fishin' is still better than a good day at work!
A bad day of golf is still better than a good day of work.
A boy is not born a man. He becomes one through growth.
A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.
A coward dies a 1000 times. A hero dies but once.
A day above the dirt is another good day!
A dream is always a dream, unless you make it a reality!
A friend is someone who will help you move.  A good friend is someone who will help you move a body.
A gift of love, no matter how small, is the greatest gift of all.
A great lover is someone who can love one person all the days of his life.
A man that is afraid to die is a man who is afraid to live.
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.
A police officer's performance is always viewed as “To what degree of wrong did he do his job?”
A positive attitude is the key to the door of motivation.
A pound of kindness goes a long ways.
A society which makes war with its police had better learn to make friends with its criminals.
  A wild thing never feels sorry for itself. A bird will freeze to death on the bough of a tree and fall to the ground without ever having felt sorry for itself
Above all else, to thy own self be true.
Actions speak louder than words.
Actually, Sir, I've already filled my quota. I'm just citing you for fun!
Admit nothing, deny everything, and commit to making counter accusations!
Admit nothing.
After all is said and done, there is usually more said than done.
Against the wall and spread 'em.
Age is mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
Ah, brain cramp...nothing's coming! Maybe tomorrow.
Alcohol...The cause of all man's problems, and the solution.  --- Homer Simpson
All goals are obtainable through perseverance.
All I wanted was compliance with my wishes after a reasonable discussion. --- Winston Churchill
All men die, but not all men really live.
All of these moments will be lost in time, like teardrops in the rain.
All saints have a past, and all sinners have a future.
All that is necessary for evil to triumph is that good men do nothing.
All the fun has just begun!
Always strive to make it home alive!
Always be a gentleman to the ladies, and try to always leave someone with a smile.
Always be a live wire, and you’ll never get stepped on.
Always drink up stream from the herd!
Always look for an adventure.
Always push the limits, because if you never fail, you will never succeed.
Always remember you are unique, just like everyone else.
Always see what you are looking at and hear what you're listening to.
Always something.
Always start your day with a smile and a wink.
An angry word not spoken is never regretted.
An idle mind will lead to a negative being.
And how did I know you were lying? Your lips were moving.
Angels are watching over you!
Another day. Another dollar.
Any monkey can turn a wrench. A straight 'A' student would have to read a book on it and ask why before he could do it.
Anyone can grab a tiger by the tail. The difference between a fool and a genius is knowing what to do next!
Anyone got a doughnut?
Anything easily gained is not worth having. Book ‘em!
Are the cuffs too tight? Give it time.  They are new. They will loosen up.
Arrest rich folks, drive fast cars, and look at pretty girls. What a job!
As human beings we are charged with protecting those who cannot protect themselves.
Ask me no questions. I'll tell you no lies.
Ask no quarter. Give no quarter.
Bad news for bad guys!
Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!
Bag those scumbags.
Be all you can be...and some more!
Be Careful! The toes you step on today may be connected to the a$$ you have to kiss tomorrow.
Be careful what you say.
Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.
Be good and you will be lonesome. --- Mark Twain
Be honest with yourself, and it'll be easier to be honest with others.
Be mindful of your environment. Always be safe.
Be nice to your relatives, because they may give you money someday.
Be nice, until it’s not nice to be nice.
Be safe, and don't do anything stupid.
Because I said so. That’s why.
Been there, seen it, done it, and own the t-shirt.
Been there, done that, and have a refrigerator magnet.
Being a police officer was an endless, glamourless, thankless job that had to be done. But, I was glad to have been one.
Being nice gets you nowhere. Being cruel gets you nowhere. But, being yourself will get you anywhere you want to go!
Believe half of what you see and none of what you hear!
Better to be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
Beware the fury of a patient man! --- John Dryden
Bite me.
Blackjack! Pay the man, dealer!
Book ‘em, Dano!
Buckle up. It’s the law!
Can I see your driver’s license?
Carpe diem.
Challenges. They will either make you better, or they will kill you. Most of the time they kill you.
Chance favors the prepared mind. --- Louis Pasteur
Change is the only constant in the universe.
Character is something you have to have, not be.
Cheaters never win, and winners never get caught cheating.
Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tide.
Choose life. Your mother did.
Come spend some time with the leather, cuffs, and expandable baton.
Commitment and Dedication WITHOUT Compromise.
Common sense is not so common.
Communication and information, coupled with action will get things done.
Computers are the way to go.
Confucius says, "man who stands on toilet is high on pot".
Consciousness is that annoying time between naps.
Courage is the first of human qualities, because it is the quality that guarantees all others.
--- Winston Churchill
Courage is not the absence of fear, but the ability to conquer it.
Courtesy is contagious.
Crimes will be committed as long as criminals are not.
Criminals prefer unarmed victims!

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