Why Would Anyone Want To Be a Cop Today?

Being a Police officer in today’s society means constant scrutiny from the general public via social media. As police involved shootings become more and more public, people are quick to jump to conclusions as if they were there and made the decision themselves.

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Public Approval

According to Sir Robert Peel and his 9 Principles of Policing, “The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.”

With social media at your fingertips 24 hours a day police involved incidents are made public long before the department makes it public. People are quick to assume what they think happened before facts come out.

The general public doesn’t understand what police are taught in training so questions arise after every shooting. If the suspect is killed, it’s “Why did they have to kill them? Why couldn’t they just injure?” If they didn’t kill the suspect, then it’s said that the officer needs more training. If there is more than one officer and only one officer fires, the question is asked “Why did only one officer see the threat? Why didn’t the other officer fire too?” If more than one officer fires their weapon in contagion fire, then you hear, “why couldn’t it be handled by just one officer? Why did they have to shoot so many times?”

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Trial By Media

The officer is tried and convicted by the social media police long before the officer ever finishes his shift.

The officer could be completely justified in their actions but because the public condemned them, they will always be the bad guy. This is why when it comes to shootings, you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

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It’s Just A Knife

Let’s talk about knives for a minute. The general public doesn’t understand the 21-foot rule or use of force continuum so when an officer shoots someone who was wielding a knife, the general questions are “Why did they have to shoot? It was JUST a knife.”

JUST a knife has been the reason for many line of duty deaths because the officer didn’t react quick enough. A knife is just as deadly as a gun. Police are trained to stop the threat, not wound it.

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The Number 1 Cause of Police Use Of Force

The majority of officer involved shootings could be avoided if the suspect would just comply.

I believe social media also plays a part in people not complying with police.

Social media gives the public an outlet to speak their mind without consequences and more and more you see that bleed over into real life.

Whereas older generations taught their children to respect the police, that is no longer the case. People think they can say or do whatever they want without repercussions.

(Nashua Police photo from wikimedia)

(Nashua Police photo from wikimedia)

Civilian Police Are Part Of The Public

Sir Robert Peel also states that; “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

How are the police supposed to keep a good relationship with the public when the public is simply lacking respect for any type of authority?

Our news media, who is supposed to report the news far too often skews the story to print or show what is best for ratings.
Why Would Anyone Want To Be a Cop Today?

Ladies and gentlemen, this is no longer the world our grandparents lived in. I’m not sure if I like where the world is headed.

There will always be a need for the police, but why would anyone want to be a cop anymore considering the way we are treated? How do we regain public approval and lose the Monday morning Quarterbacks?