posted on Feb, 12 2012 @ 02:49 PM
Originally posted by madhatr137
Law Enforcement is a public service career field that represents authority.
Most people choose such career paths highlighting a desire to serve the public.
I disagree. Motives aside, being a police officer is a job, and they make more money than most people. It's not a "public service" anymore than
being a doctor, attorney or security guard is a public service. It's a career. It's not like it's a volunteer service or they're being paid
minimum wage. And the reason most of them sign up to be police officers is not to serve their community but rather because of the money and because
something about being on the force and the job responsibilities appeals to them.
The courts and media like to try and color the police force as being an entity that's present to "serve the public" like volunteer firefighters,
but this is a fallacy. Those people are there to primarily make money the same way everyone else is. It's a job. Hospitals aren't there to serve
the public, either. They're there to make money. That's why they charge you $20.00 (literally) for an ibuprofen tablet while you're an inpatient.
The doctor and hospital staff are not there to "serve" you for some philanthropic reason. And not only do they charge outrageous fees, they often
treat you like crap at the same time.
The fallacious labeling of police officers as public servants is what's primarily used as justification for their various abuses with courts and
prosecutors turning a blind eye to even the most egregious use of excessive force.
If being a police officer is a public service, shouldn't also those who clean the toilets and the facilities we use every day also be called public
servants? To be quite honest, I'd rather call the those people public servants. After all, their job is demeaning, they tend to not get paid crap
for it, and no one shows them any appreciation or respect for their efforts. As far as I'm concerned, the poor people making minimum wage serving us
our fast food during lunch breaks, cleaning the toilets, not getting paid crap, not getting any appreciation, and getting yelled at and put down all
the time are more deserving of the title "public servant" than police officers are who get paid decent money, get respect, and have some recognized
standing in society.