Policewoman's heartfelt letter about the realities of life in the blue uniform goes viral
A policewoman has spoken about what inspired her to put pen to paper and write a letter that has touched people worldwide.
Her moving words been shared thousands of times since being posted on Facebook by 'The Thin Blue Line', a support group for families of police officers who have lost their lives.
The policewoman from England writes:
"I have been with you when your baby died.
"I have sat with you and revisited you when a burglar came and pretended to be one of us.
"I have fought with you when you were drunk, or just angry.
"I have attended your house to resolve your domestic dispute over who owns the remote control."
She then gently reminds readers that she is a wife and a mother who does the school run everyday.
The letter refers to recent pay cuts and violent attacks on members of the police force.
She begs people to support the police as they go about their daily work in the community.
BuzzFeed reports that the woman was inspired to write the letter following death of Police Constable Dave Philips.
PC Phillips, 34, died last month after being hit by a stolen vehicle.
“Basically, it was the video footage of Dave Phillips’s daughters at the scene of his death, along with the comment by their mum about how people should harness how they feel right now," she explained.
She said she was also deeply moved by the murder of two female police officers – Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, who were gunned down and had a grenade thrown onto their bodies.
“That was the first time anyone was actually lured to their death, so it did have a greater impact," the policewoman said.