28 April 2020

My uniform isn’t a superheroes costume….

Senior ‘Constable & Mo Bro Bryan Ward on the similarities between the police and the public during COVID-19
Mental Health
 A wee while ago man called Sir Robert Peel created the nine principles of policing, one of those nine principles was:  “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” Covid 19 is stressing the fact that the police are the public and the public are the police because we are all the same when it comes to  getting sick and the world has seen that nobody prime ministers, celebrity, first responder, pensioner is immune from its reach.

I am no different from any other first responder or essential worker anywhere in the world. I might wear a different uniform but I still worry about my families health, my health, that of my parents and people I love. My uniform isn’t a superheroes costume.

Yes it is a scary time and yes it seems like the world has been turned upside down but there is strength in numbers. Strength in checking in on the more vulnerable people in your community, strength in reaching out and getting support for your own health (both physical and mental) and looking after others if needed. Strength in showing how grateful we all are for the essential workers (not just the first responders) who literally everyday are putting their health on the line for us all.  Dr Martin Luther King Jr once said There is power in unity, and there is power in numbers.” That is what we must remember and practice every day not only while in the middle of a global pandemic but every day moving forward from today. Understanding that by being kind, compassionate and realising that we are ALL on this planet together regardless of what clothes we wear, job we have or money we earn. Understanding that we have the means to help and be kind to others not just now but ALL the time – it’s sounds simple and it is. I believe that someone once wrote a song about it with these lyrics …You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one.

Today I saw people applauding a garbage collector and giving him the thumbs up as he drove by.  My question to you is why has it taken us this long to appreciate one another,  let’s see if we can’t make it an inherent  trait of humanity eh ??