One Police Captain on the Meaning of the Badge


This year’s film Gangster Squad opened with Sgt. O'Mara stating "every man carries a badge," and although it’s true every person has their loyalty tied to some concept or ideal, it is law enforcement officers who wear the badge of justice.

With this week being National Police week – the time to honor and remember fallen officers – Capt. Paul Ebel from the Green Bay Police Department opened up about the importance of the police badge.

“All men and women who wear this badge in law enforcement are part of a large brotherhood,” Ebel said. “When I serve my community the badge represents honor, dignity, integrity, truth and justice, and these are ideals I strive for every day.”

Ebel mentioned even when he is not on duty, the badge stays with him, that it’s “a way of life.”

When an officer is killed in the line of duty, it impacts the entire police community, according to Ebel.  Although Green Bay has not lost an officer in the line of duty since the 1950s, the recent loss of MIT officer Sean Collier in Boston hit home for Ebel. 

He said, “Any loss of an officer extends nationwide and is a loss I take in as family. This brotherhood ties officers together across our country.”

This week, let us honor and support our local and national law enforcement officers.

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Shauna Froelich, JD, is the program coordinator for the School of Justice Studies at Rasmussen College in Green Bay. She served as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Air Force. Currently she teaches courses on law, ethics and leadership.

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