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Poem: Ode to a Cop with a Cause

This poem recognizes those lone cops who do the lion’s share of life-saving DWI enforcement at every agency


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As we approach one of the busiest nights of the year for DWI arrests – although hopefully, numbers will be down with many cities and communities in lockdown – this poem by Police1 columnist Lt. Dan Marcou is especially poignant. “There are lone cops who do the lion’s share of DWI enforcement at every agency,” said Dan. “They get little praise and even much grief for their knack to attack the impaired driver. This ‘Ode’ is for all of them and to encourage others.”

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Ode to a Cop with a Cause

You’re a cop with a cause

And you never hit pause

On your hunt for the DWI.

You’re driven to purge,

Your streets of this scourge,

While others are left asking why?

To you, the answer is clear,

For they kill more each year

Than were killed in our recent war.

If they are left unabated,

Lethal drunk drivers are slated

To kill 8,000 innocents more.

So each shift you hit the beat

Hoping to meet

That drunk driver before he or she kills.

For so many who drink

Fail to stop and to think

After mixing beer with their pills.

The dead are not numbers to you

For you have witnessed how few

Receive mercy from the DWI.

The young and the old

The meek and the bold

Have been sentenced by drunk drivers to die.

So you stop them and test

And the test leads to arrest

As you breathe a sigh of relief.

For your continued passion

To enforce in this fashion

May have saved another family from grief.

And after the drunk’s blow

Which registers “Two-Oh”

And he asks, “Nothing better to do?”

Your answer can be sincere

As you think less death this year,

“No, because your life means more to me than to you.”

There will be few to thank you

For this thing that you do

Especially from that family of five.

They don’t know that but for your test

And your stop and arrest

They would never have arrived home alive.

You’re a cop with a cause

And don’t ever hit pause

On your hunt for the DWI.

You save lives with your urge

To rid the streets of this scourge

For many, it’s you do, or they die.

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