[June 12, 2023] Billy C., a reader of my blog, a couple of days ago, drew my attention to the great Arkansas State Police troopers, their courage on the job, and the fan base of those who follow their exploits on social media. Curious, I looked on YouTube to discover he was spot on with his observation.
What I found was that watching police pursuit videos is addicting. Several popular channels are dedicated to the Arkansas State Police, others to police tracking down criminals or stopping drunk drivers. The thumbnail for this article is from Arkansas Police Activity.
The most viewed and commented-on police videos involve the state police, who regularly deal with violent offenders, speeders, drunks, drug addicts, nuts and fruits, and those without respect for authority. There are many valuable lessons the average person can draw from watching them, the most apparent being don’t mess with the police. You will not win. And you cannot outrun them.
I was drawn to one specific ASP trooper, Jacob Byrd. He has a substantial social media following and draws many positive comments. I was surprised but should not have been. His courage on state highways is legendary. Watch a couple of videos, and you will understand. Like many of his trooper colleagues, Trooper Byrd is a hero to those who believe in law and order, and justice and appreciate a bit of excitement.
A good friend of mine from New Jersey traveled to Arkansas this past weekend to give a talk to police forces. I asked that he let them know that I am also a fan now of the ASP and to deliver my personal thanks to them for their courage. Perhaps I’ll follow up with a letter to the ASP commander with a military challenge coin.
Kudos to the Arkansas State Police men and women, those troopers who put their lives on the line for us. You are appreciated more than you might know. And not just those who live in Arkansas.
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