Thursday, December 14, 2006

Spotlight On: Deputy Sheriff Jim Lambert

Jim Lambert is a deputy sheriff in the East Bay Area near San Francisco, California. Jim is 46 years old and has worked the streets as a public servant for almost 27 years. His extensive career includes a couple of years on the back of a fire truck, 8 years as a paramedic assistant and 17 years as a street cop. Most recently, Jim has been assigned to his departments Marine Patrol and Air Support Unit. Two days per week he patrols portions of the 1,000 miles of waterways in his county and two days per week he flies as a flight officer aboard a patrol helicopter.

Jim has run the gamut of law enforcement assignments working in areas known to be violent crime zones to affluent peaceful communities.
"I've seen everything from juvenile crimes and domestic violence to flat out cold-blooded murder. I worked 6 years as a K-9 handler, 2 years on a uniformed SWAT team and I've even done my time working behind bars in our jail system."
Yesterday, I received an email from Jim Lambert expressing his concern over the lack of parental involvement with children and the tragic consequences of a society with shattered families. Jim wrote:
"Vincent, I don't know what it will take for parents to wake up and be parents again. A few weeks back, my agency responded to a call in the middle of the night. A 16-year-old on crack had beat his mother to death with a baseball bat. It was a horrific and violent scene that deeply disturbed several of my partners... This 'condition' didn't just happen overnight, and I know there were probably many 'warning signs' ignored, but nobody wants to pay attention to those important signs, and everybody wants to be a kid's best friend instead of a kid's best parent."
Jim continued with a story expressing the importance of personal safety awareness in a society that is open season for violence:
"I went to the bank late last night to use the ATM, locked my car and was alert to my surroundings. A lady pulled in alone with a brand new Lexus, got out, left the door open and the engine running and went to the machine around the corner. She was out of sight for more then one minute. All of the while, she was oblivious to her surroundings as she spoke on a cell phone."
This lady was lucky to have Jim there, in other circumstances, she could have easily become another tragic statistic.

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