Farber: Police officers are winners

Rantoul Press columnist

Hope you had a great Christmas, and now in just a few days the New Year will be here.

The 21st was the first day of winter, but it also was the start of winter solstice when the days starts getting longer.

In our last edition I began to list the things that make our police officers true winners and assets to our community. Here are a few more.

1. They seek and enjoy new experiences. Winners enjoy police work because no two days are alike. Winners enjoy the thrill of the unknown. They volunteer for special assignments to expand their horizons and gain new experiences. The resulting broad-based knowledge and experience allow them to bring more to their jobs than the other less-adventurous members of their unit; therefore, their overall performance becomes better.

2. They manage their time effectively. When the goal is to arrest criminals, winners go where the criminals are. They focus their activities where they can get the highest rate of return for the time they spend. They recognize that they generally won’t find criminals in the locker room, in a coffee shop or in a restaurant. They will find criminals on the streets, during traffic stops and while actively pursuing investigations. As a result, their “numbers” are higher than other members of their units.

3. They invest in self-improvement. Although their self-improvement efforts may not be readily visible, winners work hard at being good at their jobs. They get technical knowledge as well as new ideas by reading and attending courses and seminars. As a result, winners are the most knowledgeable and effective members of their unit or specialty area.

With the advent of the new year, why not refrain from normal new year’s resolutions, which 99 percent of the time fall to the wayside in just a few weeks. Instead turn your heart over to God and follow His direction for your life.

This is the only true way to move forward, and while you are following the true direction for your life remember to support your community and country with tireless vigor.

With true dedication your path will be blessed with abundance and you will be an asset to your community and country.

Following are some quotes from Hall of Fame broadcaster and former major league player Joe Garagiola. He played for the Cardinals, Cubs and a few other teams.

“Baseball is a game of race, creed and color. The race is to first base. The creed is the rules of the game. The color? Well, the home team wears white uniforms, and the visiting team wears gray.”

“I went through baseball as ‘a player to be named later.’”

“One thing you learned as a Cubs fan: When you bought your ticket, you could bank on seeing the bottom of the ninth.”

“I know a baseball star who wouldn’t report the theft of his wife’s credit cards because the thief spends less than she does.”

This past summer I took a trip to St. Louis. Our destination was to visit the Hill neighborhood. The Hill is the area where many Italians settled in St. Louis as immigrants. The neighborhood thrives today with many Italian restaurants and shops and nice but small homes.

Two of the more famous residents to come for the Hill are Yogi Berra and Garagiola. They grew up together and lived across the street from one another.

The name of the street is Elizabeth, but also carries street signage as Hall of Fame Street. One of the houses had Hall of Fame banners on it. The neighborhood shops and restaurants are well worth the trip, and Elizabeth Street/Hall of Fame Street is a must for a baseball fan.

In closing, one more person I cannot forget is Mickey Garagiola, a younger brother of Joe, who for some time was a television commentator and ring announcer for Sam Muchnick’s St. Louis Wrestling promotions. Rest in peace Mickey. You were a great person and a good announcer.

Paul Farber is chief of the Rantoul Police Department.

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