Sheriff Lake's Quarterly Report: 2018 Q4
Sheriff’s Quarterly Report
We have watched yet another year come and go. As we enter into 2019, we should take time to reflect back on 2018 and be thankful for the blessings sent our way. Many people have experienced tragedy during the past year, and those memories will remain for a lifetime, but we all have things to also be thankful for. Romans 8:28 says “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
When we experience tragedy or hard times in our lives, there are learning experiences we can build upon as well as good that can come from our experiences if we have our faith and trust in Jesus. His Word is truth, and His Love is never ending. Now we can look ahead to the coming year and place our focus on what good we can do for our fellow-man, our communities and our country.
When we think of the coming of a New Year, we tend to think of New Year’s resolutions. Do you set New Year’s resolutions, and if so, do you follow through? I’ve never been much on New Year’s resolutions, but I do contemplate on areas of my life I can improve upon, and set goals for myself. Some I accomplish, some not so much. I find it easier to just set small goals for myself instead of huge, unrealistic challenges or resolutions. If we can focus on several small goals, all leading to a big change, I believe we can excel more as we celebrate the small victories along the way to the final goal. If you do make New Year’s resolutions, I pray that they are what’s best for you and that you succeed in your endeavors.
The New Year also faces us with new challenges in law Enforcement. As times change, as people change, as morals and standards change, so do the rules and laws we are tasked to obey and enforce. Like them or not, we’re faced with them. At the Panola County Sheriff’s office, we’re always busy training our staff to be the most professional, knowledgeable, courteous staff possible. I solicit your prayers and support for all of our local, state and federal law enforcement officials in this coming year. As with any public occupation, we face many “arm-chair” critics who are quick to say what we “should have” or “should not have” done in any particular situation. In law enforcement we have a saying that we make split second decisions that others have years to critique. Our officers are not perfect, but I can guarantee you they have your best interest in mind and strive to do the best they can. I have said many times to our officers that we must serve more than just “by the books’, we must serve “from the heart.” Law enforcement has never been an easy job, but it is becoming more difficult and less appreciated as the times unfortunately change. Law enforcement in general has taken such a punch in the nose due to the acts of “bad cops” throughout the country. However, I assure you, the good ones FAR outnumber the bad ones. We are especially blessed in our area with outstanding support from our community, and officers who love this community and the people we serve. I am most humbled and gracious for that. Without a doubt, our officers serve in the best place in the world!
I’ll leave you with this thought from Theodore Roosevelt titled “Dare Greatly” that I recently shared with my staff about what it means to serve “with heart.”
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of the deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the duct and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of the high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least while daring greatly; so that his place shall neither be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
Paris Sorbonne, 1910
It is my prayer that you all have a very happy and prosperous New Year. May you all “Dare Greatly” in whatever you set your eyes on, and most importantly, give the Lord the glory in it all!
Until next time, take care and may God bless you!
Sheriff Kevin Lake