posted on Nov, 19 2009 @ 08:39 AM
I'm posting from Toronto where the murder count for the year is somewhere between 50 and 60 people.
That's for a city with more than 3 million people in the metropolitan area. In other words, I know that in comparison to American cities, as far as
violence goes, living in Toronto is like standing in the ticket lineup at DisneyWorld, not much is likely to happen to you.
However, I have worked in the "rule enforcement" business for more than twenty years as a security guard. We in the "rule enforcement" community
often shake our heads at the goings on in the "law enforcement" community.
Most security guards in Canada do not carry firearms. We do not carry much authority. We do not have significant backup or really, in most situations,
any backup at all if things go wrong. We are not looked up to by the public and not feared. We have nothing going for us.
Oh wait a minute. We have one small thing going for us. Our heads. We have to use them. To survive in this business you have to learn to use your
head. You have to learn to influence people, not break their arms or blow them away or spray stuff on them or electrocute them.
You have to learn to size situations and people up. You have to learn good manners and diplomacy. You can't be a hot head and survive as a security
The kind of training we get is the kind of training that cops seem to be lacking. Maybe cops should have to serve an apprenticeship as security
guards before moving on to be cops. Maybe security should be a kind of "minor league" for cops, from which they are "called up" when senior
officers think they are ready. Or maybe there should be a mandatory period, say, three years working in security that should be expected of cops,
particularly patrolmen. It would give them a chance to learn to use their brains without recourse to weapons or the backup that other cops give
Maybe police problems are really recruitment and training problems.
If I had to pin point problem areas in police recruitment, I would focus on two things in particular, nepotism and recruiting from the military.
I would impose an alternate generation policy to cure nepotism. In other words, if your parent was a cop, look for employment elsewhere, in another
type of job or as a cop but in another city.
I would put strict limits on the numbers of ex-military personnel who could become cops. It would have to be less than 50% of a police force and I
mean much less. Personally, I have a hunch that the percentage should be as low as 10%. The idea is to turn the soldier into a policeman, not
to turn the police force into the army, which is what seems to be happening in the US.
[edit on 19-11-2009 by ipsedixit]