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A couple of children that we sponsor have written of their career goal of becoming police officers. One has asked about police uniforms in my country and I've found pictures to send, and even some info about history/purpose of styles. Here is my question: is it appropriate to include photos that have holstered guns in them as part of their uniform? For example: 
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BZMq8Ml6_jk/TjIqdsyFLmI/AAAAAAAAAAM/FyhYAFYL0U0/s1600/Police+Uniform.jpg
(This student is in Ecuador, age 18.)
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Garry Sagel

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Mine might not be the majority opinion, but I think that picture is fine. Kids in these countries know who the police are, and that they carry weapons. Some of the weapons carried in Central and South America, make our police look like amateurs. Semi-automatic weapons are fairly common, although not usually carried by the police. Men hired to defend businesses, and dressed like police, have semi-automatic weapons. If you go near a bank, you will see the same thing.
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Garry, your description reminds me of walking into the store in Argentina, seeking groceries, and seeing uniformed men with their big guns. They were just standing there looking alert, not like they were in the middle of a police operation. The locals didn't appear concerned, either, so I decided it was probably business as usual, and went on with my shopping. Such cultural differences are the source of my question, I suppose, because what is common in that part of the world looks, in my part of it, like a sign that maybe SWAT is doing something and the rest of us might best shop elsewhere today. 

The other source of my question is that I'm fine living within Compassion's boundaries on this, just would rather not do the work of creating something and realize later than it doesn't go through :)
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Hi Debi! We truly appreciate your caution to this subject! As you and Garry discussed, cultural differences can sometimes make things like this tricky. Thank you for being so thoughtful as to what our guidelines might look like, but I think this is totally acceptable. :) 
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Would I be allowed to send photographs of me in the military? I have my M-16 on me.
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Stephen

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Some of the sponsor children have seen the devastating affects of war and genocide so I would be cautious to send a picture with a gun in it because it could cause flash backs and do more harm then Good that is my Opinion but if the people who monitor this forum says it's ok the by all means go ahead but we must be responsible and respectful
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Hi Marci, 
We do agree with Stephen. Regrettably, although we appreciate your time spent in the military, we do work in some very sensitive areas that may be offended or feel threatened by pictures of military with guns. You are more than welcome to send pictures in your uniform without weapons though! :) 
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Marci L. Ficht

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So police with weapons is okay but miliary is not. Got it.
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Shannon Massey, Employee

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Good morning Marci, 
Honestly, this is such a grey area. We know that a lot of our kiddos live in areas that have been negatively affected by war, and so we want to be careful that we send pictures of our military that show how caring and loving we are. Any pictures that are sent that have weapons are going to be a hard call because we have no idea how our kiddos were affected and by whom. The picture that showed a police uniform seems very unoffensive, as it is just a small pistol that is in his holster. If you would like, we would be happy to take a look at the picture that you would like to send. Otherwise, I am sure you have some beautiful pictures without weapons that you could share! :)

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