This is a discussion on Tough Job within the LEO Encounters forums, part of the Main Category category; Have several buddies in law enforcement, one @ the local level, two county, one state. Get together with any of ...
Have several buddies in law enforcement, one @ the local level, two county, one state. Get together with any of them after they've had a few days off and to a man they're the nicest down to earth people you'd ever meet but after 10 or 12 straight days working 12 hrs a day they have completly different personalities from dealing with all the BS they have to deal with in a normal working day, it's a tough job & everyones not cut out for it, but I agree there are a few bad apples out there.
I couldn't do it. or rather I would be really bad at it.
I lean more towards "no victim-no crime" type of thinking so I couldn't write seat belt tickets, or arrest someone for doing/selling drugs, or prostitution, etc..
I always feel putting someone in cage should be the last resort and only for the most serious offenses.
I believe most cops are in it for the right reasons, and I believe they have a useful purpose in society..in 99% of encounters I've had..the cops gave the exact amount of respect that they received- or gave more than I deserved at the time.
I am concerned about the police state we are becoming though, and I dislike that law enforcement has become a so militarized.
I don't blame the street cop. his kids are going to have to live in it, the same as mine are..so, believe it or not, we're in this together, the citizens should have more empathy and the cops should too.
in my opinion anyway.
There are some VERY rotten orchards out there, Chicago, New Orleans and Philadelphia being three.
When a police department comes under Federal supervision, it's not because of a "few bad apples". It's because of a profoundly corrupt organizational culture.
But then some people think that a cop having a citizen assassinated in a contract murder because she filed an internal affairs complaint, or home invasion, and torture RINGS operating INSIDE a police department is "no big deal".
As an ex police officer, I cannot recall running into any "bad apples," however saying that there are bad apples is such an overused cliche. There are bad apples in teaching (having sex with students, Sandusky, etc), the clergy (abusing little boys), the financial world (you know the stories), the legal profession, politicians, inept physicians, etc., etc., etc.
I must say that as a police officer, my friends were almost exclusively fellow police officers in that civilians simply didn't have a way to truly relate to what we did and our lifestyle.
Everyone has a tough job or worse...no job and that's tougher. I chose my profession and therefore chose to deal with the ups and downs. At any time I could have started another career and so could any LEO so I don't buy in completely into the they can't relate bit. I don't have any problems with LE or anyone else for that matter and they are no worse or better than I for what they do for a living.
It certainly is a tough job, but that is not to say that any other job isn't tough as well.
More unique than other jobs for sure though.
My trash collector has a tough job. They don't have automatic trucks in my area and he has to still hump all the trash cans old school. I wouldn't want his job. And he is more likely to die on the job than a police officer is.
I'm sorry, I just can't bring myself to dust the pedestal off for LEO to stand on. There are many jobs that affect our lives much more on a daily basis that people die in more often than law enforcement. Have you hugged your local farmer or lumber jack lately? The farmer is responsible for food on your table every day for you to eat and the lumberjack is responsible for the roof that you sleep under every day. They die more often on the job than LEO does. Where is their pedestal?
I respect law enforcement officers exactly the same as I respect the person that takes away my trash every week, the person that provides food for me and my family, and the person that provides for the roof over my head.
What I find very humorous is all the threads get started when people feel the need to tell us about some LEO encounter where the officer did their jobs, within the bounds of law, in a pleasant manner, and did not hassle during some traffic stop when they were told about the presence of a gun. Even if we had a sub forum for trash collector, farmer and lumberjack encounters, I doubt many people would post about how great those people are when they follow the law, do their jobs, respect others, and not abuse their authority.
Oh, yeah... Most civilians do not understand how a cop can, over lunch, laugh about the grinder he worked the night before. The cant figure out that it's a relief valve...
But, I agree with one of the posts below. It's not the only job in town. Like any other job, if a person doesn't like it, they can look for one that fits them better.