Tuesday morning (Sept. 6), by happenstance, I got the public access channel, which had scheduled the graduation ceremony of the 35 graduates of our police academy. I found myself mesmerized by the goings-on and watched it to the end. A feeling of pride welled up in my throat as I viewed the confident faces of those who would act as sheep dogs (police) to keep the wolves (bad guys) from the sheep (good guys).
Nashville welcomes and needs these men and women who in Session 65 of our Metro Nashville Police’s Training Academy graduated on July 28, 2011, as “instruments of peace” in our communities. The entire ceremony was moving. I find Luke Piva’s perfect score on the law exam and Chad Brown’s firearms skills to be inspiring. I want to be on Raymond Flattery’s team when meeting the bad guys because of his abilities in physical fitness and leadership. I am especially awed by Andrew Johnson’s spirited words of benediction.
May the good guys rest easily at night and the bad guys tremble with fear in their nightmares as they face our entire police force, including those of Session 65, for the police are instruments of God who is the Good Shepherd of the sheep. It is the policeman’s task to prove worthy of the trust.