I do my cardio walk every day. Me and my little buddy meet and greet a lot of neighbors.
Today a Deputy happened to be in the neighborhood and gave me a good once over. I think he must have been looking for someone. I smiled and waved, he waved back as he cruised on up the street.
Around the big block, he was coming the other way and he smiled and waved. He initiated the second greeting. Thanks! I said through his open side window.
I always respect the badge. And know several officers. One of the kids my wife has watched when needed is a Sheriff/Trainer. We've been camping with them and share Christmas parties.
Real folks, who have taken an oath to put their life on the line against criminals who are generally nondescript until it can be life threatening.
I always hope and pray they will make it home safe.