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Officers are retiring faster than they can be replaced.
With officers laid off and furloughed, Clarke says, calling 911 and waiting for police is no longer your best bet. "You could beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you could fight back. But are you prepared?" he asks. "Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. You have a duty to protect yourself and your family."
originally posted by: CosmicAwakening
So what happens now... They lower the standards even more so that we are policed by felons eventually?
"We now allow facial hair," Mori says. "We allow tattoos; we allow earrings." The sheriff's office will even hire people who admit to past use of marijuana, since the drug is now legal in Oregon; though they're not allowed to use it once they've been hired, because it's still illegal under federal law.
originally posted by: Edumakated
I don't know why anyone would want to be a cop with the low pay, risk of harm, and bureaucratic culture. Not to mention being assailed by the media and the public.
I could only see being a cop somewhere remote where you don't necessarily have to deal with the dregs/losers of society on a daily basis. No way I'd be a cop in a major urban area.
I come from a family of police. My dad was a cop for 30 years. About the only good thing that came of it was his pension imho.
originally posted by: jjkenobi
a reply to: JAGStorm
Low pay, constantly trashed by media and lefties, chance to not make it home alive every single day. I honestly don't know why anyone takes the police job.
I wouldn't want to be a cop in many cities but in the midsize and smaller towns the cops are mostly safe.
originally posted by: toysforadults
More like my age group isnt interested in handing out parking tickets and busting potheads for having a plant
Majority of people feel many laws are unjust and there for do not want to participate in enforcement of said laws
Reform the judicial system and drug war and this wont be a problem
"I don't know if they want to be cops as much as the previous generation," he says, adding that those who are interested are looking for a kinder, gentler version of the job. They want to do something that's bigger than themselves," Mori says. "They view themselves as community-builders, as opposed to the warrior or even the guardian.".