posted on May, 26 2011 @ 03:30 PM
Thank you to those that posted comments to my earlier post....whether they were posted positively or negatively. I like to be open-minded and see
things from other viewpoints.
Just to clarify, i was making the point of not trusting the public in jest and as an example of putting up a mirror to those that don't trust the
police. I took an oath when i joined and it is one which my conscience rules over. I love my job for the challenge it gives me, physically, mentally
and spiritually. I have been fortunate to help people through some very difficult times, cot deaths and lots of other personal tragedys. Using force
on people is a tiny proportion of my work and always a last resort.
I fully accept there are bad people in the job, there are bad people in every job i would expect. I have no time for these 'bad apples' and have
previously reported a colleague for what i believed was excessive force. My point is that i will be a member of the public in a few years time, i
don't want bad officers in the job either. We are taught methods of restraint and use of force, some of which i am not comfortable about and refuse
to do. We are allowed 'pre-emptive strikes' when we are threatened. I won't do it because all a video would show is me punching someone.....not the
sound of that individual who had just threatened to rip my head off.
I'm no coward, but i would rather spend 20 minutes talking an irate person down sothat they come in quietely than go in with all guns blazing. You
will probably find the police self-defence instructors wouldn't be happy...the officers in the first video would probably receive their backing in
what they did. Perception is an issue and the emphasis is on robustness to prevent injury to officers. I recall the video of that marine shooting
someone who looke half-dead in a building in Iraq. His justification was he could have set off explosives....was he right or wrong to do what he did?
To some it was over the top and murderous...to others totally justified.
The Officers i know and respect will be like me, we are not agents of the New World Order. i would not enforce any law that goes against the
conscience of my spiritual belief. If anything, i would be there to protect you against that oppression you fear. I have a young son and i pray that
he does not end up being in the police like me, i want a better life for him. He is going to be a member of the public so why would i want a 'police
state' or anything similar?
I will be walking the town tomorrow night and if its anything like normal, i will get a few drunken people shaking my hand and apologising for all the
trouble they caused me in the past. I treat people fairly and a number have said they will never let me get a kicking if they are around. Some of the
younger officers do need to learn people skills, i grant you that. I was lucky to have been taught y a good officer and i thank him for that.
The frustrating part is that i am tarred with the bad actions of others just because we share the same occupation, i wanted to convey that members of
the public aren't tarred because of the actions of other members of the public. Its been my fortune to meet some fantastic people, officers and
public. They have helped me become a better person, father, friend, neighbour and policeman. Sorry for my previous dismay, i don't condone abuses by
police officers, long day at work......respect to you all.