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This is a must read! The following speech was given by Police Chief Michel Wendel of Charles City, Iowa at the graduation the 219th class of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on December 14, 2007. His own, Chad, of the Coralville Iowa Police Department was a member of that class. It was my privilege as an LEO chaplain from another community to attend the ceremonies with some of our officers. I thought the address was tremendous and with the permission of Chief Wendel have reproduced and posted it. I hope that my sharing this will be an encouragement to LEOs and inspire the respect of others.

“Good Morning. It is an honor for me to be able to speak at today’s graduation. My son and his peers are graduating from the same training academy that I graduated from 20 years ago. I am excited that they have had the opportunity to learn from some of the same instructors that I did in 1987. The police academy has been a continuing resource for me throughout my 20 years in law enforcement. I would like to thank the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy for all the work they do in setting standards in law enforcement for the state and for continuing to serve and support our officers long after graduation. Thank you!

219th, after you receive your certificates a few minutes from now, you will be law enforcement officers. You will be referred to as law enforcement officers every day. You will refer to yourselves as law enforcement officers. In fact, when people introduce you to others, they are going to include the fact that you are a law enforcement officer. In reality, enforcing the law is only a small part of what you will be doing. If all you did was enforce the law, you would be useless at ¾ of the calls you will be taking.

You will be called to try and wake someone in the middle of the night who has laid themselves to rest for the last time. This isn’t enforcing the law, but it is law enforcement. You will be the first to arrive at the scene of medical emergencies and start CPR on a heart attack victim or try and stop the bleeding of someone who is injured, this isn’t enforcing law, but it is law enforcement. You will respond to traffic accidents and tend to peoples broken bodies before doing anything else and when things don’t turn out as we would like, it will be your job to visit the next of kin and deliver the news, this isn’t enforcing the law either, but it is law enforcement. You will help the elderly to their feet when they have fallen and can’t get up, and you will be called to help get cats out of trees. The list is endless and only a fraction of it will be enforcing the law, but all of it is law enforcement.

You took the job because you want to help people and give back to the community. You are members of your community, members who realize that sometimes there are things that need to be done that are not easy to do, and you think you have the stomach to do the job and want to protect your family, friends, and neighbors. So remember the reason you took the job, your family, friends, and neighbors. And remember, they are your greatest asset. They are your greatest asset because they will be there to support you when things are bad, and I can guarantee you that there will be bad times.

When I was a rookie cop I remember a veteran telling me that I should always treat people as I would want my wife or kids to be treated. Honestly, if you stop my wife for speeding, I would want her to get a warning. What he meant was that she should be treated fair and with respect. Remember this because although you may not know the person you are dealing with, they are family, friends, and neighbors of the community you serve.

When you are in that elderly person’s home and they seem to want to talk, spend a few minutes with them and ask them about the pictures on the wall. When you have to deliver bad news to someone, take the time to see that their needs are met before leaving them to grieve on their own. And when you do have to enforce the law, be firm and fair, and remember that the community that you serve includes everyone.

I say to you, the audience, we are very well represented here, because the people we have entrusted to look out for us and be willing to respond to our every crisis. They are our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, moms and dads, husbands, wives, and neighbors, they are the 219th graduating class of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. And to you, the 219th, I say this; the thin blue line is a lot thicker that what you might expect, in fact it is as thick as what we in law enforcement make it.

Go back to your communities and enforce the law, but remember that enforcing the law is only part of the job. The rest of the job is being good family, friends, and neighbors in the communities that you serve.

In closing I would like to remind you of something Jesus Christ said. He said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” God Bless You All. And welcome to Law Enforcement! Thank you!”
Police Chief Michel Wendel

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Now that was an incredible speach that says it all. Great job Chief

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Job Well Done!

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Awesome!


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Now that is when incredible speech of words that ring so true. Awesome job Chief Wendel. Thanks for sharing this speech with us pastorgreg.

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Nice Job!

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Cudos Chief! Well Spoken!

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It's so true. Very motivating.

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Great article

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Outstanding speech....so very true...

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Wow. This chief sounds like a true inspiration to his officers and any other cops he encounters. HIs character is grounded in his faith and he understands the reality of the job.

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ok

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Excellent speech.

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you cant see it, but im clapping!


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Wow--now that's a motivating speech. That's the closest thing I've heard to someone summing it up that I've ever heard.

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Well put.

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That was a AWESOME speach Chief,bet there was a few officers in tears that day. It is also great that you weren't ashamed to mention the name Jesus,way to go Chief GOD BLESS Dan Lang

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Excellent speach, Chief. Thanks for sharing PastorGreg.

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very well said...thanks for shareing

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awesome.......thanks for letting us read this great speech! God Bless You All.

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Superb, poignant and thoughtful.

The only better one I have ever heard was at a SEALs BUD/S graduation, Class #246.


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Nothing was left out, Great job

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great speech thank you

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Great job!

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very inspiring. made me proud to be a cop

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This and the one about tears I've cut and pasted into an e-mail and sent them to my wife. For 12 years I've tried to explain my job to her and have yet to be able until now. Excellent.

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Right on!!!

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Excellent, thanks !

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Can I quote him? Excellent speech, that's what it's all about.

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That is a great speech! The Chief composed some powerful and compelling words to give the recruit class a message they can use their entire career! He did leave out a few calls....such as a bat flying around in someones house, or a skunk in someones garage!

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