Over Many Years . . . I’ve had a Good Number of Friends & Acquaintances who were Police Officers. Some of Whom were More or Less Akin to Beat-Cops, and Several, who were High in the Command Structure. And I have Friends who have Children who’ve Gone into Policing.
So I Am Writing About What I Know.
Here’s A Fact . . . No one is Going to Get Rich Being a Cop. And as Easy as it Looks from the Outside-In, Being A Cop Is Not Easy At All.
When the 911 Call Comes-In for a Motor Vehicle Accident, it’s Usually the Cops who are the First on the Scene, who in Many Cases have to Deal with the Blood and the Gore before the EMT Crew or Coroner Shows-Up.
Do You Think Seeing People Bleeding, Trapped, Terrified or Dismembered at an Accident Scene is Easy to Look At? I Don’t think so. But Easy or Not, this Falls on the Police Officer(s) who’s First on the Scene.
How many Cop-Videos (YouTubes) have we all seen with Cops Puling People out of Burning Cars, Rescuing People from Raging Flood Waters, Delivering Babies, or Crawling on Thin Ice to Save a Dog?
When a Cop Pulls Over a Driver for any Reason, Especially in the Darkness of Night, Generally all Alone, Does that Cop have Any Idea what Awaits him or her as he or she Approaches the Car? Not A Clue.
When People Get Pissed-Off At Each Other . . . and the Fists Start to Fly, who’s Always Called to Break it up, very Often Getting Hit themselves in the Melee?
When The Call Comes-In For Domestic Violence . . . I’m Told by my Police Friends, that this is the Most Dangerous Call of all. And More than Once, I’ve been Told by the Police Directly, Domestic Violence Cases Often Lead to Child Abuse or Abandonment by One Parent Or the Other.
I’ve Known Police Officers Who’ve Answered the Call for Home Disturbances, who’ve shown-Up, where the Reason for the Domestic Violence Generally Involves Poverty, Usually Caused by a Derelict Father, Alcohol and/or Drugs . . .
. . . When & Where the Investigating Cop’s Heartstrings Compelled him or her to Leave the Home to Go Shopping for Milk, Bread and whatever Else, to Feed a Hungry Child or Children. Very Often If Not Mostly At Night.
As A Matter Of Fact . . . I Started A Program In The Late 1990’s . . . with the Montreal Police Force through Station 25, Located in a Heavily Immigrant Part of Montreal, where I Supplied Money, Services & Coordination with Several Private Community Help Groups along with the Police, to Help People in this Type of Need when they Called 911.
When There’s Real Trouble . . . and Everyone is Running Away from the Danger, even if it’s Gunfire, it is Always the Police Who Are Running Into The Danger.
Cops Are Like You And Me . . . Some of them are Jerks, But Most Cops want to Make it through the Day & Come Home to their Family. Just like you and me, and Cops Care about Everything you and I Care about.
But Unlike You Or Me . . . It Takes a Special Kind of Person to Make the Decision to Become a Cop, to Go through the Rigorous Training, that’s Right – Rigorous Training before Wearing the Badge & Strapping-On the Gun. Then there’s the Period of On The Street Training & Probation.
And As I Previously Wrote . . . No One Is Going To Get Rich Being A Cop, with Perhaps the Biggest Benefit of all Besides the Satisfaction of Doing the Job – Is Earlier Retirement than one would Receive in the Private Sector, and a Comfortable Pension at the End of Service.
But That Said . . . Personally, I Couldn’t Deal With All The BS That Comes With Wearing A Badge & The Blue.
There are Not Enough Police Officers in Most North American Cities, because Being a Cop has Become Denigrated by Too Many Politicians & Academia, which Means that Most Major Cities are Begging for Good Police Candidates, which Means that much Sooner Rather Than Later – There Will Be A Huge Cop Shortage.
Which Also Means – that for Cities to Recruit Good Cop Prospects . . . Cities will have to Offer much Better Salaries & Perks to Keep-Up with the Private Sector.
Or More Likely . . . because the Cities, States or Provinces, which are Broke because of Stupid Socialized Spending, Incompetence, Unfunded Entitlements & Corruption . . . will Have to Settle for Men & Women who Aren’t the Best of the Best to Join their Police Force.
Montreal Was Always A Beautiful & Peaceful Law-Abiding City.
In Montreal, where I was Born & Lived Most of my Life . . . I Remember in 1969 (October 7), when I was just 19-Years Old, there was a Police Strike that Lasted Just 16-Hours. And in those 16-Hours . . . The Crime, Violence & Destruction Was Unimaginable. It Was Utter Pandemonium.
For The Fools Who Aren’t Thinking . . . A Society without Police, Not Social Workers, but Police with Truncheons, Mace, Handguns, AR-15’s & Handcuffs – Is A Society That Will Be Steeped In Extreme Violence, like the End of the World Movies, where the Dregs of Society Roam the Streets Unimpededly.
If You Watch Television Series . . . There is a Mythical Series Called Gotham, which Tells the Story of Batman as a Young Man, Maturing in a Dystopic Major American City (New York) where the Criminals Rule The Roost.
Weaken, Further Demean, Reduce, Make Cops More Culpable Or Remove The Police . . . & All That Will Be Left Will Be Gotham.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov