Grant County Dispatch issues “thank you” during Police Week

By on Wednesday, May 15th, 2024 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

JOHN DAY – It’s National Police Week, and Grant County Emergency Communications Director Cammie Haney has issued a release stating the agency’s appreciation for the law enforcement officers who serve Grant County. Find the full statement below:

(Release from Grant County Emergency Communications Director Cammie Haney)

May 12- May 18th is National Police Week! At this time, I would like to express my agency’s heartfelt appreciation for the excellent law enforcement officers who serve Grant County.

Being a law enforcement officer in a rural community is not for the faint of heart. It’s not what is portrayed in the famous TV shows. It isn’t NYPD Blue or the Andy Griffith Show. Growing up in a law enforcement family gave me a unique perspective on what it’s like for the men and women serving our communities.

It’s missed family events.

It’s running out of a restaurant after you’ve ordered your meal because you’ve been dispatched to an emergency.

It’s responding to the worst of the worst, occasionally involving a family member or a friend.

It’s arresting someone on a Friday night and then standing in line with them at the grocery store checkout the next Friday.

It’s personally receiving reports of incidents or questions from the public any time of the day or night because the public knows you personally.

It’s throwing on a vest and uniform and bolting out of the house in the middle of the night because someone is having the worst night of their life.

It’s working on a search and rescue for days on end.

It’s saving lives, or offering support when nothing more can be done.

From a family member’s perspective, it’s hoping they make it home at the end of every shift.

It’s doing all these things (mostly) thanklessly back to back, day after day, week after week.

To all of Grant County’s law enforcement officers… THANK YOU for your daily sacrifices and unwavering commitment to our community. It is an honor to serve alongside you!