Keep The Peace
January 5, 2011 12:06 PM
Today is Madison Police Sergeant Patrick Grady's last day on the job. Like many of our officers, Sergeant Grady had a second career in law enforcement. He was actually a high school principal before he decided to make a career change in 1980. But after 30 years protecting Madisonians, he's moving on after today. It says a lot about him that when I asked him what he was going to do with his time, the first thing he talked about was volunteering at his church and in other community service work.
Sergeant Grady sent a note out to his colleagues on his last day, and he gave me permission to share it with you. I think it speaks volumes about the kind of people we have on the Madison police force.
"Thirty years go by so fast. It seems that not too long ago I was a young police officer with hair. Well, you all know the result three decades of policing on the street!!
"I have had a good run. I've worked with wonderful people. I don't believe that there is a police department anywhere that has so many intellectually strong, motivated, kind and generous people as the Madison Police Department. We treat our citizens and fellow officers with respect and kindness. If someone has accused us of being social worker cops-I say shouldn't every officer be that way.
"I am proud of my time here and I'm proud of all of you. I will not miss the death investigations, the domestics, the drunks, the 10-50s. I will, however, miss you. Please keep the peace, be kind to each other, and when you see an old, bald-headed man walking down the street with a really ugly bull dog-stop and say 'hi.' Be safe, respect the uniform and the people you serve, and God bless.
Sergeant, Madison Police Department"