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Police Poetry

Police1’s poetry column highlights some of the inspirational, moving and funny poems authored by our readers. Email your original writing submission for consideration to

A retired sheriff addresses what the Thin Blue Line flag means to him and so many officers who wear or have worn the badge
An honor guard bagpiper pens a moving poem in memory of all our fallen brothers and sisters
“I wasn’t prepared for what I was gonna see...It was eight reindeer, pulling a sleigh, on the roof and looking down at me.”
The documentary “Crisis Cops” that follows Officers Joe Smarro and Ernie Stevens prompted one viewer to put pen to paper
An officer captures the heartbreaking moment a young son honors the memory of his fallen father
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jeffrey Stagg, 67, a beat cop, hostage-crisis negotiator and “Taps” bugler, began his policing career in 1977 after serving in the Air Force
The heart and soul of an LEO
An LEO writes about how officers have become all things to all people – a peace bringer, a peacemaker, a peacekeeper
Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic, a published poet, wrote about the dangers police officers face every day
A veteran officer recounts the memory of a call that haunts him as he tries to sleep
How peer support helped an officer through trying times