Steve, if you're still around (?) there are things you said I agree with. It's a subject that's been bandied about for years here. However, it seems that you aren't that sincere in your beliefs as you haven't posted any rebuttals of any kind to the flaming you set yourself up for. A first post of that sort, all ranting and raving will not get you credibility nor will it gain you any respect, ESPECIALLY written so poorly and ESPECIALLY when you don't stand and defend your statements and MOST ESPECIALLY when it's out of the blue like that and not in conjunction with an ongoing thread. Bottom line, you didn't do yourself or any Sheriff's Deputies any favors here, you simply embarrassed yourself, made yourself a laughing stock and simply threw ammunition to those who don't like Deputies in the first place. I'm a defender of REAL deputy sheriffs, always have been. Honorary ones who flash a badge are pathetic, but not really any different that the guy who bought an MPA sticker on eBay or has International Chief's of Police Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Troopers are Your BEST Protection stickers all over their cars just hoping to get a break. A guy who does the job, regardless of whether he's inside or outside the wall on a regular basis gets my respect and although I've had polite disagreements with some people on this board (all of which I also respect and like!), I DO consider them family. YOU do not. YOU are a damn fool and if I worked as a Deputy and worked with you (If you even ARE a deputy) I'd smack you upside the head for BEING a damn fool. I don't know, maybe your Dad or Mom or other relative is a Deputy and you're a kid defending that person. Maybe being a kid you couldn't help those screw ups in your post. Maybe you were a bit 'under the weather' at the time. I have no idea your back ground or reason for the post, but either defend yourself like an adult or NEVER return.