Good Bye to Officer Craig Medon After 25 Years

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Today we said goodbye to Officer Craig Medon after 25 years of service.

If you are from this community you know Craig.  He came in every day of those 25 years and gave us his best each and every day.  He treated the people of this community to his friendly smile and caring manner every day of those 25 years. Craig is a tremendous example of the best that policing can offer.  He was not only a high quality police office but he always valued his roles as husband, father and friend to many people.  He truly lives his values.

At his last Field Training Officer meeting, he left them with his personal philosophy.  The sergeant was so impressed he made sure I got a copy as well.

What I Have Learned from Myself and Others in Law Enforcement

“Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.” – Booker T. Washington

What can help a police officer succeed and having a lasting career?  I would like to pass along the following that I think could be beneficial.

DO YOUR JOB TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY- We all have heard the saying that it’s not about steering the ship in calm waters, it’s about steering the ship during rough seas. REgardless of what is taking place around you, strive to perform at your best.  I have learned that taking shortcuts have a way of coming back to haunt us.

FOLLOW YOUR MORAL COMPASS – Along with a badge, police work comes with a lot of power in which a few might think that they are immune and above the average citizenry.  As yourself, “If I do what I am considering, would I want my family to know about it?”  If something does not feel right, it probably isn’t right.

BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY AND TO WHOM – Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy when we don’t think before we speak and we regret what we have said.  Seek out someone you completely trust and can confide in.

THINK SOLUTIONS – Is the glass half empty or full?  We all know officers who complain about anything and everything.  Yet, they don’t take any action to improve their situation.  Seeing ourselves as part of the solution and not the problem is important in proving ourselves as well as the police department.

THERE’S NO “I” IN TEAM – This is about taking care of each other in times of need because sooner or later you will need the help of another co-worker.  Comrade and bonds on a given shift strengthen when this concept is carried out by fellow officers.  It’s about an officer taking a call for you so that you can go to lunch.  Perhaps you need someone from another shift to come in early to cover a few hours so that you can leave.  It’s a great feeling knowing that officers will step up and help you because they know you will do the same for them.

EMBRACE CHANGE – When I started police work, there were no computers, rifles, cameras, defibrillators or KIEWS in the patrol cars.  Officers didn’t carry cell phones, reports and tickets were handwritten, and my duty weapon was a .357 Magnum six shot revolver.  Fingerprints were taken with ink.  Companies and organizations change to remain competitive as well as to deliver improved products and services.  Policing is no different.  While changes sometimes is not easy, know that the world around us is always changing.  Even and old dog can learn a new trick.

Officer Craig Medon

Auburn HIlls Police Department

Good luck on the rest of your life, Craig.   We are all better off just from having worked with you.  You made this a better community and a better organization.  Thanks for all you gave us.