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Editorial: A job with diverse demands

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opinion Rosemount, 55024
Rosemount Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

There have been a lot of tributes during this 9/11 anniversary week to the men and women who keep us safe both at home and halfway across the world.

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Rosemount police are unlikely to ever have to deal with a disaster on the scale of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, but we see on an ongoing basis just how wide a range of situations crops up in a city like Rosemount. Over the years we have seen emergency workers respond to explosions at businesses and more than one homicide. We covered one situation where a Rosemount police officer was put in a position that required the use of deadly force.

We have watched as police responded to fatal accidents and as they charmed kids at Night to Unite gatherings. There have been brush fires and burglary calls, medical emergencies and once, years ago, a mercury spill that required the quarantine of much of a neighborhood.

Animals are a common theme. Rosemount is still rural enough police have to deal with loose livestock. Stray dogs are commonplace.

There aren't many jobs that are less predictable on a day-to-day basis. There are also not many jobs that put someone more often in a position to be disliked by the people they serve. People might be happy to see police when they're returning lost property, but few want to see those emergency lights in their rearview mirror.

Earlier this year that was a bone of contention for downtown bar owners, who felt police were too aggressive in their DUI enforcement.

There is a lot of talk this week about thanking the people who serve and protect us on a daily basis. We think that's a good lesson to keep in mind all year round.

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