SPRINGETTSBURY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Despite a lot of negative attention on police lately, a York County officer with a positive message has gone viral.
Officer James 'Jamie' Miller was captured on cell phone video talking about what it takes to be a cop. In less than a week, the video has already been viewed by more than 200,000 people and shared by 2,500 people.
In the video, Officer Miller talks about what policing is all about. He says, "It's about loving your fellow man and doing what's right. You gotta have fun with the job."
He goes on to say, "If you walk around with a chip on your shoulder you're going to have a heart attack young, you're going to hurt the wrong people."
He finishes by saying, "If you're loving people and loving life, you're going to protect and serve the right way."
When asked about all of the attention, Officer Miller said he was surprised. "I just feel so humbled, blessed, I mean, wow! I don’t even know what to say," he said. "Like any other day I thought I was just doing my job, and I do like to talk to people, I love people. So for me it was just another day of work."
Miller has been on the force for nearly 15 years and loves what he does. "It’s upsetting when you do hear society believing that all of us are bad when it’s not that way. We may die doing what we do for people we don’t know. Well, that has to be a person who has a pretty darn big heart," said officer Miller.
Springettsbury Township Police Chief Dan Stump wasn't surprised that his veteran officer had such a positive message. "He is just a man of character," says Chief Stump. "On the job, off the job, he has been like that since the day he started. He wears his heart on his sleeve."
Chief Stump says he is also pleased with the positive attention. "Just where we are in law enforcement today and the negative surroundings we have, it’s just nice to see a positive thing. This was a guy being very authentic, very raw, it was unscripted, and he was speaking the truth," he said.
The video was posted to Facebook by Larry Batty-Deshields on Tuesday morning and by Tuesday night it was shared over 900 times.