The Thin Blue Line {Capt. Jack Long}

Jack Long was the kind of police officer that rookies and veterans alike admire and respect. He was the kind of officer that made kids think before doing what they knew they shouldn’t and caused some adults to ponder as well. Occasionally, Capt. Long forgot his age and chased after and fought folks that needed to be chased and fought. And through it all, it was incredibly clear that Jackey loved being a cop.

Jackey Long knew that there was more to being a Law Enforcement Officer than writing tickets and patrolling the streets. He knew that it was about community, loyalty, and friendship. He lived the Law Enforcement Officer Code of Ethics to a tee.

As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…law enforcement.

Knowing that Jackey’s time was short didn’t stop wave of grief that came over me when I read the words that he had gone home early this morning. And it won’t stop the empty feeling on Broadway during the next Uptown Concert. Jackey Long influenced a lot of lives in our community. He is going to be sorely missed.

So long for now, Jackey, enjoy patrolling those streets of gold. I am sure it’s a much calmer beat than anything down here.