a reply to: soulpowertothendegree
I agree. I have much respect and admiration for the police...here in Canada and other parts of the world. American police not so much...
This does not mean I believe American police are all corrupt SOB's, the majority are good hearted souls trying to make a living as a paid public
servant whose duties include to protect and serve.
It must be really easy for those that have never been law enforcement officers to understand the split second decision making process that has to take
place the moment a criminal decides to engage in unlawful behavior that could put other people at risk for serious harm or life threatening
situations....Yes, law enforcement is so simple...anyone can do it...Guess what...I bet 90% of those that criticize would crap their pants if they
were on the side trying to do the protecting!
Here is something to contemplate: Why out of all first world nations does America's policing seem to be an issue...? Why are these police issues
pretty much non-existent to America's allies such as Canada, Germany, Britain, Finland, Netherlands, and so on?
There is something severely wrong with how police in America conduct business. Now, to be fair, the dangers that present themselves across America are
no way the same as in the countries listed above. So, perhaps, the issue is much deeper than just "Oh, not all police are bad. Let me see you try
doing that job".
I have two friends who are police here in Canada that helped me gain a broader perspective and one in the States. The interesting thing is the two in
Canada would never be a police in the states. Why? They don't pay enough for the extra risk involved down there...
Police in Canada earn between $80 000 to $110 000/per year,
the same scale pretty much goes for other first world nations EXCEPT America. There
are forklift drivers (honest living -not dissing!) that make more money than U.S police do.
So, yes, it is not an easy job at all; the job requires at times great sacrifices. and therefore they should be compensated and paid accordingly.
An RCMP constable’s salary is $79,308 – behind the national median of $83,483 and trailing the top Canadian constable's salary of $87,880.
Btw, that is 2012 article....pay has increased a bit.
Canada's police among the best paid in the world
A first-class officer in Canada’s big cities now earns $80,000-$90,000 a year on average – before overtime and benefits.
Sometimes, you get what you pay for...as far as integrity and training goes.
How to become a police officer in Toronto (from the actual police services website): www.torontopolice.on.ca...
How to become a police officer in New York: www.how-to-become-a-police-officer.com...
American LEO have the hardest job out of all other first world nations, yet they get paid the least.
It's not fair at all.
They respond to 100000000 of calls daily and for the most part they do an excellent job, So I thank them for putting their lives on the line to
protect me and my family everyday...I salute every single one of them...But I, also, want to include all Military and Emergency Responders of all
kind....THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!
Much love and respect to all who protect and serve with integrity. It would be better to show appreciation for all they do by compensating them
like other nations do. These people (paramedics, police, firemen) have to witness the most heart wrenching things; unimaginable
Again: Why is this a prevalent issue only in the States?