I am fully aware of how fortunate I am to have found a job in this economy. I have never, in the 24 years since I started working in law enforcement, seen the lack of jobs and layoffs that I have seen in the last year. It truly is shocking when you think about it. When the economy is down, crime usually goes up to a certain extent. That has always meant plenty of job security for police officers. That is just not the case now. Since property values have dropped, municipalities and county governments don't have the budgets they used to have and they are cutting police positions. Meanwhile, police academies are still cranking out newly trained officers who don't have jobs waiting for them.
So I am thankful. I am thankful to have the chance to add to my family. I am thankful I am still so able. I am thankful to have found a job doing something I am good at. I am thankful I found a job that will work for my family. I am just thankful. That's all.