I am not a great fan of knives! For one thing I never ever learned to fight with a knife. My very first Law Enforcement Chief,
Constable R.J.Stanly of Towmshp 5C, Little Rock, Arkansas, once offered to teach me this skill. So on the appointed Saturday Morning, I appeared at his house, and he let me through to his backyard. Then he disappeared, to re-appear with a pair of Rubber knives! The first words he spoke to me, made me realize that I ealy did not WANT to learn hoe to fight with a knife! For he said: "Now Johnnie, the first thnig you have to realize is, that if you fight someone with a knife, you're gonna get cut!" All the enthusiasm I had built up, evaporated in an instant! I told him that if that was the case, if someone was to come at me with a blade, I would shoot the Son-of-a-Bitch! I have always been scared Spitless of Knives! I have stopped four bullets during my life, and NONE OF THEM HURT! And by the time they DID begin to hurt, I was in a Hospital or Sick Quarters, where Medical Personnel were on hand to take care of the pain!!!
Due to Politics, there are no longer any Constables in the State of Arkansas. The Pulaski County Sheriff's Dept, became jealous of the constables, and with a Constitutional Ammendment, caused the Office to cease to exist!! I have always thought this was a mistake, as as far as I am concerned, the MORE POLICE OFFICERS we have on the streets, THE BETTER! But the Sheriff at that time was Primarily a Politician. He did some good things, even a little Radical, but Tommy Robinson was a Politician first, and a Police Officer Second! He only lasted one term as Sheriff, and then moved on to loftier circles! When R.J. Stanley became the local Constable, he at his own expense, went through the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy at Camden, and graduated within the first three officers in his class. He once showed me his class notebook! On the first page, all that was on it were the letters: A.C.Y.A. When I looked at him blankly, he explained that they stood for, Always Cover Your Ass! This was
aparently the most important thing that a L.E.O. should learn!!! (At least as far as THAT instructor was concerned!)