ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (KRQE)- After a string of deadly ambushes on police officers around the country, a New Mexico police officer is taking to Facebook to let everyone know what it’s like to be a cop.
Detective Allen Sanchez is a long-time veteran at the Carlsbad Police Department.
His Facebook post is getting a lot of attention especially after he asked criminals for help.
Detective Sanchez has been with the Carlsbad Police Department for 15 years. He says when he first joined the force he only knew one officer who had ever been involved in a shooting.
“Aside from him, even before him it had been a long time, so we just started counting them and I thought wow, you know 16 guys in our department, have been involved in an officer involved shooting. I just thought man it’s just getting worse and worse,” said Sanchez.
He believes violence against police is getting worse, pointing to the 24 law enforcement officers who have been shot to death in the U.S. just this year. One being the ambush of Deputy Darren Goforth in Houston who was pumping gas at the time.
“And the guy comes up behind him and just starts shooting him, even while he’s down just keeps shooting rounds at his body and there’s just no need for that you know,” said Sanchez
Even closer to home was the shooting death of Rio Rancho Police Officer Gregg Benner.
Sanchez posted a status on Facebook saying, “It’s getting worse and worse out there. I know we chose this profession, but we chose it because we believe in what we’re doing, protecting our community from the small minority that feel the law doesn’t apply to them.”
“It just bothered me just to see that people would target us because they have an opinion of us and they lump us all together and I just don’t think it’s right,” said Sanchez.
He ended his post by asking the bad guys to give officers a break and to stop taking the lives of his brother and sisters.
He adds, “If you need a friend or an ear, even a sincere embrace, i’m here for you. Talk to me. Before you make the choice to take one of us out of spite. I love you. Let me prove it to you. Let’s stop all this nonsense.”
Detective Sanchez says the post has gotten quite a bit of attention with people applauding him for his words and praying for his safety.