Thursday, September 4, 2008

Individual Unity

Photography / design by Officer Quoc-Tuan Nguyen

A child is born as an individual. Does he or she survive by themselves? Of course not. Someone nurtures them as they grow to become part of a family. The class epaulet located on the police cadet uniform represents more than your class color. It represents what I like to call “Individual Unity.” As each academy class begins their career, they are assigned a class number and a class color. Although there are individual class numbers, everyone is working towards the same goal and that goal is to become something bigger than themselves. They are becoming part of something that will last a lifetime as a Houston Police Officer. Sure, you will be close to your classmates and have a special bond throughout your career, but as a whole, you will have a special bond with each individual who puts on the blue uniform regardless of what academy class they attended. Academy classmates depend on each other to get through the training. Did you know that if one individual gets into trouble and has to do push ups, the whole class volunteers to join in? This is unity and this is family and it does not end there. Once you graduate, you become part of the “varsity team,” if you will. If you arrive at a scene and need help, we will be there. If you have a death in the family, we will be there. If tragedy strikes, we will be there. If your health fails, we will be there. That is what families do; they are there for each other. Even though each one of us live in a "big house" such as Houston, our family is close. In other words, “we've got your back”.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice message. I joined this "family" last year and I did have a tradgedy occur. My brothers and sisters in blue responded to my needs and helped me through. You are right on target with today's post. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

One of my employees told me about this blog. What a great source of information. I can see the dedication involved. I am the Assistant Chief in a small town in South Carolina. I just wanted to commend your blog. It is insightful and humorous. Not only does it talk about recruiting, it gives a sense of what it is like to be in law enforcement. Great job HPD.

jjones said...

Who wrote this!! :)What great artistry on this post and all throughout this blog. How evident it is that much thought, effort, creativity and TIME goes into this site. You are definitely ahead of the curve here. You are on my Reader..can't wait for the "update" alert! Thanks for all you do!

Anonymous said...

Nice post

Anonymous said...

Individual Unity. That should be a new catch phrase....I like it! Cool blog by the way.

Anonymous said...

Officer McCoy, you are making me think about things that I have never thought of before. You are putting HPD in a whole new light and it is a good one. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I read several blogs daily. This one is one of the best. I have added you onto my favorites list and I already have a job, but the police stuff on this blog is very interesting and cool.

Anonymous said...

Great story. You are so right on with this story. (HPD Patrolman)