They're glorified in movies and vilified by activists. They put their lives in jeopardy every day to protect and serve. Why we must support our heroes in law enforcement.

Have you ever wondered why men and women become police officers? It's documented the demands of law enforcement strain marriages, families, and let's not forget the daily dangers of dealing with the bad guys.

The entire law enforcement community has been under siege for the last several years. Allegations of police misconduct, racial profiling, and other adverse stories have resonated in local and national media.

Police Departments have launched community programs to counteract the media narrative that cops are bad. A local example would be the coffee with a cop program where citizens are invited to a local coffee shop to meet and get to know local officers.

As we've tragically seen in Las Vegas when the night is its darkest, police, on and off duty, answer the call. Can you think of another career where your job is to put the lives of total strangers ahead of your own? Las Vegas proved there's no off duty for police officers.

Sure the press will report on their exploits during the big story. But how about the thousands of dollars local officers give to support local charities like 'shop with a cop?' Or the countless hours in harm's way to protect and serve?

A note to all law enforcement and their families, thank you for what you do and may God protect you.

More From Idaho’s Talk Station