Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Robbie Edward Bishop

Villa Rica Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 20, 1999

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Reflections for Captain Robbie Edward Bishop

Robbie,
It's the holiday season of 2003 and I just want you to know that your name and legacy still lives on.
Over the years I have continually used your techniques to continue the fight against drugs and criminals; riding with your co-workers, attending training classes, and passing along your tactics to fellow officers.
I shed a tear tonight remembering you and the others who stood in our Thin Blue Line.
I'm sure your family is thinking of you as well and I wish them the best.
Over the years the fight against the users, sellers, judges and juries has become more difficult as attention has been diverted from one of the most shameful aspects of our nation's culture; drug abuse. But many of us will fight on.
When I hit the streets tomorrow you will be on my mind, as you have so many nights before.
And, each time I find the dope or dope money, no matter how small or large, It will be in your honor and for the benefit of our nations children, who will hopefully make the right choices and decide to reverse the current trend.
REB314, you are missed!

Officer Jeff Edgecomb
Cobb County PD

December 8, 2003

I went to k-9 school with Robbie in 1988 in Atlantic City,he was a good man,my regrets to his family call me if i can be of any assistance.

Sgt.Bruce Allen
Middlesex sheriff's Dept.

November 5, 2003

Hello Robbie,
I know you may have heard my prayers for you and your children.... I often think of you and still miss you!. I mention your name as an inspiration to others for the talent and spirit you always showed others in your life... I sometimes speak with your mom... She is wonderful and misses you so much... I can not put into words how much I miss you! I just wished to let you and anyone whom care to read this.... You are important still to this world....

Your loving friend,
Jefrey Schultz

Jefrey Schultz
Former Reserve Villa Rica PD

November 4, 2003

Robbie, It's the middle of the night and I'm heading out again. I'll hit the interstate first. I know you'll be riding shotgun and watching over me. If I don't make it home this time I know I'll be in good company. I still watch your tapes to get fired up. Well Bro, I guess it's time to go do it all over again. See ya soon.

Chief Deputy Thomas McClelland
Roberts County Sheriff

October 22, 2003

One night a police officer had a dream. The officer dreamed of walking along the beach with the lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from the officers life. For each scene the officer noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to the officer the other to the Lord. When the last scene appeared the officer looked back at the footprints and noticed many times along the path that there was only one set of footprints in the sand. The officer also noticed this happened during the lowest and saddest times in the officers life. This really bothered the officer who questioned the Lord: "Lord you said that once this officer decided to follow you, you would walk along with this officer all the way. But this officer noticed that during the most troublesome times in this officer's life, there is only one set of footprints. This officer does not understand why when this officer needed you most you would leave this officer." The Lord replied, "My child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

September 10, 2003

Robbie, we're still here continuing the fight you started. We kick down the drug dealers door, and take their stash. Damn,I miss you. Everything here in V.R is good, it's just not the same. I think about you alot. Sometimes I drive past the 18 mm and I know you're yor there. I love you Robbie, say hello to Kyle Dinkheller (S.O 37). You two took enough dope off the streets for 100 officers. Take care.

Lt. J.GARNER
GDC Tactical Squad

September 3, 2003

My boyfriend and I, who is also a police officer, are in the process of watching some of Capt. Bishop's drug interdiction tapes. While we were watching the first one, he stated that he thought Capt. Bishop, who was a Lt. at that time, was dead. I figured I'd check it out, and unfortunately, for our nation and his family, it was true. My heart sank. However, by just watching his tapes, and reading how he died, I know he was killed doing what he loved and what he was good at. I think of all the drugs he took off the street and smile. When people say doing drugs is a victimless crime, they couldn't be farther from the truth. It's not a victimless crime because people like Capt. Bishop are shot and killed every day by low-life drug dealers. I'm no big-time drug officer, but the little bit I get off the street is satisfying enough for me. I hope we all don't soon forget Capt. Bishop. If you ever get a hold of any of his tapes, watch and learn. And REMEMBER!

Anonymous

I am a recruit who is about two weeks away from hitting the streets in a major city known for violent crime and drugs. An officer from the State Police came in to teach us about narcotics interdiction and unknown-risk traffic stops. In his class, he used some of Captain Bishop's videos and talked highly of this officer and his accomplishments. Then he told us he had been killed in the line of duty several years ago. I remember a collective sigh in the classroom... it was as if we had been told of the death of a hero, which I guess we had. I never knew you or your family or any of your co-workers... but know that you still live on in officers all across the nation who are still "taught" by you to this day.

Anonymous

My deepest sympathy goes out to Cpt. Bishops family and friends. I was at a Criminal Patrol school when your life was taken by a coward. The instructors at the school were friends of yours and informed us that you had been taken from us. All of us in class sat in silence for along time, and then heard all about the great "Robbie Bishop", from a couple of friends of yours at IPTM!! I cant wait to meet you some day, and hopefully become friends as we work together in another life.


your future friend and partner,

M. Starr #248 SFPD

Police Officer Matt Starr
Sioux Falls SD Police Dept.

My partner and I first met Robbie in Haralson,Ga in 1990 while at a K-9 school.We worked for a local sheriffs dept and were working interdiction already at the time. We pulled up on our first day and I remember seeing Robbie walk out of a wooded area working his dog on a track. We got to know him over the next several weeks and discovered that we all enjoyed drug interdiction. In 1991 Robbie went with us to a class at IPTM in Jacksonville,Fl and we all knew that he would be a top gun in the interdiction field. Over the next few years Robbie would become one of the best interdiction officers Ive ever seen along with being a dog trainer and teaching interdiction classes all over the United States.My partner, Mark Mitchell, and I lost contact with Robbie for a couple years when we went to Trooper School, but later when Robbie took a job in Villa Rica we were able to work with him some and keep in contact. Robbie helped people all over the U.S. by stopping these traffickers and was an inspiration to many,many officers. It was an honor to have known him and to have been a part of something that he believed so strongly in. He will never be forgotton...

Tfc Jimmy Jones
Georgia State Patrol

I do not work for the police dept anymore I was there for 10 years and I worked with robbie for one year at Henry County Police. We both worked on the interstate,I was in a S.T.E.P unit Traffic unit. Me and Robbie would back each other up on traffic stops all the time. I could not have worked with a better person than him. I will miss him alot.

PTL Kenneth White
Henry County Police

God bless the Bishop family, and may his soul rest in Peace. The day I heard of Capt Bishops death, I was on duty, patroling the streets of Rome. Dispatch came over the radio and asked that Barron Stadium be cleared for a helicopter landing. She went on to say that the subject inside was a Villa Rica police officer who had been shot during a traffic stop and proceded to give a lookout on suspected vehicle. I can't tell you how my heart sank as the chopper landing, and the officer inside was taken out of the chopper and rushed into an awaiting Ambulance to be rushed to Floyd Medical Center. Those of us who were there rushed to the Hospital and met with the Chief of Police of Villa Rica P.D. and some of its other officers. Many more Rome City and Floyd County Police officers flooded into the parking lot of Floyd Medical Center out of concern for Capt Robbie Bishop. A few of those officers knowing him personally for they had either trained with him...or been trained by him in the field of drug interdiction. I didn't know him personally, but that made me feel no less concerned, or hurt that one of your own had been hurt. Moments later we were all informed that Capt Bishop had been pronounced dead. Silence seemed to fill the entire place as heads were bowed, and tears were shead. And all the while, each and every officer dreading having to attend yet another Funeral of our own because of some uncaring criminal senselessly taking the life of a Precious Husband, Father, and Police Officer. We attended Capt Bishops funeral in Villa Rica days later, and I stood in awe at the number of people,not just Law Enforcement, but citizens from all over who came out to show their care and concern. It was a very touching moment. After the funeral we followed Capt Bishops Body to his final resting place and stood at attention while he was saluted and watched as the missing man formation was flown over head. That had to be the most heartbreaking moment I've ever experienced in my life. I continue to this day to pray for each and every law enforcement officer all over the world who has taken the oath to Protect and serve, and thank God that he watched over me and all other law enforcement officers daily. We know not the day nor the hour when our name is to be called, but we're always ready.

PFC Trixie Morgan
Rome City Police Dept.

His life came to a sudden halt

as he attempted to uphold the law.

He gave his all to keep us safe,

And the highest price he paid.

But the memory of Robert Bishop lives on

In every officer's heart.

From this world he was taken,

but his memory lives on.

I din't have the honor

of meeting him in person,

To me he is royalty among law enforcement

and of that I am certain.

Although Officer Bishop's life was taken,

His memory and accomplishments cannot be removed.

When a badge reflects the light, is stands for the twinkle of Captain Bishop's eye. For I know that Captain Bishop watches over all Law Enforcement Officers today, and he patrols the streets of gold in his pearly white cruiser, with golden light bars with twinkling stars as strobes and his siren is the sound of trumpets, as Captian Bishop escort God through the heavens.
Rest in Peace, Captain Bishop!


Former Deputy Sheriff J. Shaw
St. Bernard Sheriff's Office

I HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING ONE OF THE INSTRUCTORS AT THE FIRST DRUG INTERDICTION CLASS ROBBIE ATTENED AT THE G.P.S.T.C. IN FORSYTH, GA. HE SAID THAT THIS WAS WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. I TOLD HIM THEN BE THE BEST; HE WAS! LATER HE WOULD CALL ME TO TELL ABOUT A CERTAIN STOP OR SEIZURE HE'D MADE. I WOULD HAVE HIM COME TO A CLASS BEING OFFERED AS A QUEST SPEAKER. I TALKED TO HIM ONLY A FEW MONTHS PRIOR TO HIS DEATH. THE NEWS OF ROBBIE BEING SHOT TOOK ALOT OUT OF ALL OF US WHO FIGHT THIS NEVER ENDING WAR ON DRUGS. ROBBIE WAS MY FRIEND; MY PARTNER; MY BROTHER!!!

LT. JOHN A. EUSTACE
L.E.TRAINING CENTER, SAVANNAH, GA.

Robbie,



I met you when I first arrived at Villa Rica PD and instantly realized you were the true/blue policeman.  I wanted to become a Police Officer when I was inspired by my grandfather and until, I met you I had not been inspired that way by any other.  I have lost several friends in the line of duty since I took on the task of serving the public and protecting it's citizen's but you gave me more inspiration to continue to do what I love even when I am down and want to just walk away.  I hope that as the days go by I can draw from the many precious memories I have of you and your desire to help rid our society of that evil (the load)  drugs.  You are in my heart everytime I stop and talk with a citizen and everytime I make contact with a violator.  You are the true blue policeman that I would want all others who have taken on this task to be like.  You were real you kept no secrets from those who needed to know.  You shared things to keep each of us safe and you died protecting those small children from the scurge of drugs and wrong doers.  You Robbie Bishop are but an angel on my shoulder as well as each and every officer that has taken the committment within themselves to serve and protect.  You are there for us you are not gone you are with us forever.  Robbie you left an awesome impression on me and I want to thank you for that.  Rest now for your work is done, allow us to continue your fight so that when our time comes we may all sit around the same table and tell our stories again.  You are missed but remember I know your an angel in the Kingdom of Heaven and I thank you each day for all you done...



GOD HAS TO HAVE HIS WARRIORS TO STAND AROUND HIM, YOU I'M SURE ARE TEACHING THEM HOW TO DO IT RIGHT AND JUST..  THANKS

Steve Boyden
VILLA RICA POLICE

Capt.Bishop,


Even though we never met you,you were one of us.You put your life on the line everyday to protect our kids from those dangerous drugs.And we would like to thank you for your commitment to this dangerous job.MAY GOD KEEP YOU SAFE!!!! You will always be a hero to us,our children,and all future police officers/deputy sheriff's.


GODSPEED,CAPTAIN BISHOP

MICHAEL AND KEITH DAVIS
BRUNSWICK P.D./MCINTOSH CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Robbie,



I just found this site and I wanted to tell you that you are missed dearly.  I remember the day I heard about the coward who shot you.  He took a great officer and a true friend.  I remember the first time I met you.  I had been a police officer for six months and was working for Fitzgerald Police Department in GA.  I was so eager to use the knowledge you had shared with me and my class in Forsyth.  You taught me how to look for "the ultimate ride".



I was so happy to see that the coward was caught and I look forward to hearing about the day he faces his final justice.  The fight to protect our children and families goes on.  As we lose fallen heroes, we pick up where they left off.



As the Bible says in the Book of Matthew,"  Blessed are the peace-keepers, for they are the children of God.".  God bless you and save the rest of us peace-keepers a spot on Heaven PD.



You and your family are always in my prayers,

Ofc. Mike Snyder
Coral Springs PD, Coral Springs, FL

CAPTIN, ROBBIE BISHOP


          
ALTHOUGH I HAVE NEVER MET YOU I FEAL LIKE YOU ARE ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS. YOU SEE YOU INSTRUCTED MY FORMER PARTNER WHO IS ALSO MY BEST FRIEND. YOU TAUGHT HIM THE FINE ART OF INTERDICTION. WHAT HE HAS TAUGHT ME IS THE SAME, AND I CONCIDER IT TO BE PRICELESS. HE SWARES AS I DO BY YOUR METHODS. I HAVE A COUPLE OF YOUR VIDIO TAPES AND I USE THEM
AS MOTIVATION AS WELL AS INSTRUCTION. ROBBIE WHAT YOU ACOMPLISHED DURING YOUR SHORT TIME ON THIS EARTH I CONSIDER TO BE AMAZING. YOU DID ALL THIS FINE WORK ALL WHILE BEING A FATHER,AND A LOVING HUSBAND. I WAS CRUSHED TO HEAR OF YOUR DEATH AS WAS HE. HAPPY NOW AM I THAT YOUR LOVED ONES CRYS FOR THE SAME JUSTICE WE ARE SWARN TO UPHOLD WERE HEARD. YES, HE WAS FOUND AND JUSTICE WILL ONCE AGAIN BE UPHELD. MY PROMMIS TO YOU MR. BISHOP IS YOUR FIGHT HAS JUST BEGUN. WE WILL CONTINUE THE FIGHT HERE IN MISSISSIPPI. I'LL ALWAYS CONTINUE THE FIGHT, EVERY DAY, EVERY SHIFT, ON EVERY TRAFFIC STOP I WILL LOOK FOR THOSE INDICATORS. I ALSO WILL CONDUCT MYSELF IN A VERY PROFESINAL WAY AND BY
THE BOOK. JUST AS I KNOW YOU ALWAYS DID. WE ARE FEW BUT WE ARE STRONG. WE DEDICATE OUR NEXT LOAD TO YOU.

PATROLMAN, ABE LONG
BAY ST. LOUIS POLICE DEPT

Dear God, I Miss My Daddy

Author Unknown



My daddy is a policeman, he wears a suit of blue;

he didn't come home from work last night,

mommy says he's in heaven with you.



I'm worried about my daddy Lord,

he's never been away this long before;

mommy cried when she told me we

that wouldn't see daddy no more



I don't know what it was

that mommy was trying to explain;

she said the police were after a bad man,

and somehow my daddy was slain.



Now I don't know what that means Lord,

all I know is we miss daddy a lot;

because tomorrow is my birthday,

and I sure hope he hasn't forgot.



Lord if my daddy is up there in heaven,

please tell him as soon as he is free;

to hurry back home as fast as he can,

because we miss him, mommy and me.



Thank you God, Amen



I'm sure your wife and children miss you very much!

Lena M. Messer
West Point Police Department

Robbie,


I never got the priviledge to meet you but I have met many that did. All I can say is that I hope you know how much these guys down here miss you. Just by reading your reflections I feel like I know you better than I did before. The love that these guys have for you is remarkable and thier messages have brought tears to my eyes. I remember when you were taken from us and I remember sitting there on the coucg wondering how many more officers must die. I myself have an uncle who was killed in the line of duty and because of that I never got to meet him. I hope to become a patrol officer someday and I hope that all of our Angels In Blue will be looking down on me and all the other patrol officers who are out there risking their lives everyday to make the world a better place. I wish you were still here so I could learn from you as so many others has. However, I know no one wishes you were here like your family does. May God bless them and be with them always. I'm sorry you're gone Robbie and even though I never knew you I still miss you. I miss all of our Angels In Blue. Just save a spot for all the other police officers who will lose their life while trying to protect others.



Love Ya,

Lena

Lena M. Messer
West Point Police Department

Bro.


 
I want you to know that we are still fighting the war on drugs!! I just hired C.E. Meyer for the second spot on your I.C.E. Team as you know we will continue to knock fire and take their dope and we will take their money and hopefully keep it off the streets and away from our children and grandchildren. We have finished two videos on our arrests & seizures and with your continued spritual guidance we will continue to win the war against evil! So thank you for what you have taught hundreds of peace makers and your work goes on! Lisa and the kids are a big part of the department and the means for I.N.D.I.A.'s survival, I do thank you again for being a major part of VRPD and my life and for bringing in us a new family (Lisa & Cody & Lauren).



Love ya Bro

Dean

Chief Dean Maddox
Villa Rica P.D.

We never met but you were an inspiration. My partner and I ordered your training videos after seeing them in a drug interdiction course. We have watched them countless times and use them to "light the fire" every so often. The day we heard of your death we were shocked and sickened. It was as if a member of our own department or family had died. We still brag on you to other officers as if we knew you personally and show others the training tapes often. My partner and I have had an exceptional year so far on I-10. We joke that its thanks to our three man interdiction team. We feel that he is with us on every stop, and I'm sure he is. To your wife and children, we wish only the best and may god be with them. We are sending our business cards even though we weren't at the funeral so that your wife will know you are missed by us in Texas also. We wish your wife the best as she has to face this scumbag in court, we know you will be there with her.

Mike Mills
Beaumont, TX P.D./Jefferson County Narcotics Task Force

ALTHOUGH I NEVER HAD THE CAHNCE TO MEET ROBBIE, MY LIFE WAS CHANGED BY HIS DEATH. EVERY TIME I EXIT MY VEHICLE ON A TRAFFIC STOP I HEAR THE HAUNTING WORDS FROM ONE OF ROBBIE'S VIDEOS "NO LOAD IS WORTH YOUR LIFE". ROBBIE WAS A TRUE WARRIOR, AND A REMINDER TO ALL OF US POLICE OFFICERS THAT TODAY COULD BE THE DAY. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY

BENJI SELPH
GARDEN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

The policeman stood and faced his god, which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass. "step forward now, policeman, how shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other check? To my church have you been true? "the policeman squared his shoulders and said "No, lord I guess I ain't because those of us that carry a badge can't always be a saint.  "I've had to work most sundays and at times my talk was rough, and sometimes I've been violent, because the streets are awfully tough. But I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got too steep. And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear, and sometimes God forgive me I've wept unmanly tears. I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear. If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand, I never expected or had to much, but if you don't I'll understand. There was a silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly for the judgement of his God. "Step foward now policeman, you've borne your burdens well , come walk a beat on Heaven's streets, you done your time in Hell"



Robbie you will never be forgotten, and you were the very best... We miss you, And to the wife and children, just remember if you ever need any thing the brother and sisters in blue will always be there for you. God Bless..

Anonymous

Robbie,



After reading a post from the Editor of the Villa Rican, I was inspired to send my business card to your children so they may know one doesn't have to personally know you to feel a bond with you.  It always saddens me to hear of the loss of a fellow officer, no matter how it occurs. It's worse when that officer is murdered.  One of the things that keeps me going is a scripture from the Holy Bible. To me it's God's statement about police officers:



"For he is God's servant to do you good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword for nothing. He is God's servant, an agent of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer."-Romans 13:4



That is what you were.



Rest in Peace,

SA Darin L. Paul
Federal Bureau of Investigation

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