The following excerpt from The Tao Te Ching sums up perfectly how I feel about the use of force in my role as a Police Officer. I include words and presentation as (potential) weapons also. One may forget how the uniform presents itself and I strive to present an open, non-judgmental presence. Using force, for some, can become a crutch – the easier way out yet with a terrible price to pay. I find the challenge and reward of “building a bridge” pays dividends for everyone in the short term and long run. From a non-duality absolute truth perspective, to harm another is to harm myself and indeed harm all beings. Policing is FULL of opportunity for spiritual growth!