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Police Officer Kenneth Copeland | San Marcos Police Department, Texas San Marcos Police Department, Texas

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Kenneth Copeland

San Marcos Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, December 4, 2017
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Reflections for Police Officer Kenneth Copeland


When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, "You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And the Lord said, "Have you read the specs on this order?"

"A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle his uniform."

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and halfeatenmeals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands ... no way."

"It’s not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, "May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he’d taken that accounting job.) "Another pair here in the side of his head for his partners’safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You’ll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can’t," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop...and still it keeps its sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. "There’s a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model."

"That’s not a leak," said the Lord, "it’s a tear."

"What’s the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," he said.

Wife of LEO
Wife of LEO
December 11, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer Kenneth Copeland. Words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father return your dear one to you.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police
December 11, 2017


Gianna cantone
December 11, 2017

RIP brother Kenneth.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Inv. Bevenour
Gettysburg Police Department
December 10, 2017

You gave your own life to bring justice to a person that hurt others, you are a true hero. Rest in peace Spartan

Reserve Officer Jayson Christopher
December 10, 2017

Rest In Peace Sir

Correctional Officer J. Broadway
December 10, 2017

Rest in peace my brother. You are a Hero.

Police officer retired
Suffolk County Police Dept
December 9, 2017

Thank you for your service. We will never forget. God Bless and Godspeed.

December 9, 2017

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD
December 9, 2017

R.I.P. My Brother.

Retired . Ron Buchholz
Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.
December 9, 2017

As a Surviving son of an Officer Down, I understand the sacrifice you and your family have made to the community
you serve. You will be missed dearly by those you served along side of, the community you served and most of all the Family you left behind. The ultimate sacrifice is to lay down your life for the benefit of others. Thank you for your service and may God Bless you and your Family.

Co II Donald L. seick Jr.
Travis County Sheriff Office
December 9, 2017

Ken, you were one of the few that I could call a real and good friend. I'll miss you, I'll miss those times when we broke bread together or bumped into you on the street. I'll miss that smile of your that lit up a room. I wish I would have hugged you one more time, never realizing that the last time was the last hug. There's a big hole left in me with your departure. God rest your soul, my friend. Rest in peace.

SGT Clarence J Klekar (retired)
Texas Dept. of Public Safety
December 8, 2017

RIP sir you will be missed but not forgotten

Sergeant James Hallgrimson
Arrow Security Inc
December 8, 2017


December 7, 2017

Rest in peace and thank you for your service.

Retired Chaplain J.P. Morgan
December 7, 2017

So heartbreaking and tragic. The thoughts, prayers and condolences of all of us at CCPD go out to the families, both blood and blue of Officer Copeland.

Lt. Michael Caldwell, Chaplain
Cape Carteret Police Department
December 7, 2017

Thank you for your service, RIP
My deepest apologies to his wife and kids

Law Enforcement Student
Banning High School
December 7, 2017

Brother, you gave so much and your murderer was all to willing to take your life yet save his own. You no longer need to deal with filth like that, you are now patrolling Heaven and we thank you for your service.

Your family and all you leave behind are in our prayers.

God Bless and may your eternal rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
December 7, 2017

Thank you for your service. God Bless you and your loved ones.

Law Enforcement Student. Banning High
Banning High School
December 7, 2017

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.

Yvelisse Caba
December 7, 2017

This just seems like a bad dream... RIP Officer Copeland. You left behind an amazing legacy

San Marcos Police Department
December 7, 2017

Rest in peace brother Kenneth.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant Police Department
Nahant, MA
December 7, 2017

Thank for your service and god bless you and your family.

Correctional Officer
Pendleton Prison CIF
December 7, 2017

Rest In Peace Officer. Thank you for your service.

16, Junior high school student. Future M
December 6, 2017

Rest in peace my brother. Semper Paratus, my Coast Guard brother.

Senior Trooper William Talamantez
Texas DPS (Highway Patrol)
December 6, 2017


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