Last night, a police officer from Robbinsdale was injured during a “routine” traffic stop in Crystal.
Only here’s the thing that every police officer knows- there is no such thing as “routine”.
Every police officer is one call away from a major- and potentially life-altering incident. An officer responding to a “routine” matter can end up hurt or killed. They will need to make a series of split-second decisions, including whether to use force to protect themselves or others. This is what our police officers are trained to do. But if an incident turns bad, every decision the officer made in a split-second will be second guessed and deconstructed by people who have the luxury of time, and hindsight.
Our police officers are out there every day doing the job we pay them to do. As a community, we ask a lot of these men and women, and they give a lot.
I am very thankful that the officer in Robbinsdale was not seriously injured last night. I am very thankful that I get to work with so many great police officers in Crystal who do their jobs every day with an amazing amount of compassion, skill, and professionalism. I am very thankful that Crystal is surrounded by great neighbors who have equally impressive police forces.
Please, stay safe out there.