The State Police Association of Massachusetts recently highlighted the increased physical and political attacks on the men and women of law enforcement.

The officers of the Massachusetts State Police are a unique group of individuals. Before they get selected to attend the rigorous state police academy, they are tested and investigated. Most applicants don't even get the option to fail out of the academy because most don't make the cut.

If and when a person completes the academy, they are highly educated in the world of law enforcement. Troopers continue training and learning for the rest of their individual careers. Part of the job of a police officer is to understand the use of violence and to put oneself in the path of violence.

If a person is crazy and violent enough to attack a Massachusetts State Trooper, what do you think they will do to a civilian like you? What happens when there are no more police officers or the role of the police is so hamstrung as to no longer actually be legally able to stop criminals?

The recent "police reform" legislation passed by the Massachusetts Senate and House and signed by Gov. Charlie Baker is an example of the political attacks on our police officers.

"The State Police Association of Massachusetts is disgusted by the endless onslaught of attacks on law enforcement by violent assailants, special interest groups, and the political establishment, that is seemingly more concerned with press conferences than training, equipping, and supporting modern, professional police services," the organization posted to its website.

The recent violent assaults on police officers are an unfortunate view of the day-to-day violence they volunteer to encounter. We have had police officers assaulted, shot at, and stabbed on Cape Cod, New Bedford, and Springfield, to name a few recent encounters.

Most of us know police officers and we know they aren't the evil cartoon characters portrayed by the leftist revolutionaries. We know they are the brave people without whom some of us would be just another statistic on an end of the year violent crime chart.

Take a moment and learn the stories of the Massachusetts State Troopers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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