Originally posted by Hefficide
I am not asking you to violate contract, trust, or oath. Only that you apply reason and logic to your keeping of those oaths.
Hey buddy, I appreciate your post. I have served in the military and am currently a cop. I am hoping to help answer or at least attempt to respond
logically to your post.
I have honestly found that most intel officers, cops, and security workers do apply logic and keep their oath, but I want to give you an example of
what we deal with.
At least once a week I get a call from a parent who read on their kid's facebook page that another teenager is going to "beat them up" or hurt them
in some way. As a cop because I see this so much I know that 99.9999% of the time it is just a threat. However I know have to investigate it....even
though it's a load of crap. Do you know why I have to investigate it even though it may be completely ridiculous? Because that one in million
chance that this kid hurts the other kid and courts find I didn't take it seriously will mean that someone now owns my house and pension that aint
So with that in mind lets apply it further...I probably receive close to 5 calls a day that are complete utter bullsh*t, but i have to investigate
them...imagine each person I am investigating feeling completely violated that a police officer is standing there asking personal questions. That
person may be completely innocent and once I leave will immediately feel we entered a police state, but in actuality...it was another citizen
themselves who called on them!
I'm honestly telling you that 90% of our calls these days are complete crap because the public calls in stuff that shouldn't be called in. With
cellphones now we get 10 calls a day of "traffic complaints" that we have to investigate only to stop a driver who is completely confused as to why
someone complained on them.
I blame a lot of this on the public themselves...and perhaps the paranoia that the media and government has encouraged, but I think the real problem
lies in education. People don't know how to get along or simply be kind anymore, or when they should call the police. Below I will list some calls
I have had in the last year or so:
Call because someone saw a deer in the woods.
Call to fix a water heater...yes someone called the police to fix their water heater and was pissed I wouldn't do it.
Call to tell their kid I will take them to jail if they don't go to school...which I refused to do.
Call to get their money back because a restaurant messed up their order, civil issue we don't handle.
Call to ask me personally while working, if they could have money because they needed to get to court in another county.
Call because a car was "all over the road" which I witnessed as I was behind the caller...the suspect vehicle had only weaved one time within the
lines and was driving perfectly normal.
Call from a person following a car telling me they were behind a car going 100 mph..they continued to follow this car at the same speed thus breaking
the law themselves.
Call because someone sent them a hurtful text message or facebook message...my response is to block them.
Call because someone said they were gonna be killed...I will investigate it..only to find it may have never been said.
Call to ask how to file taxes.
Call to give someone a ride home who was drunk.
There are 1000s more....I also want to add that many of the calls we get ...the victim is the suspect the next day and vice versa. Almost every cop I
know would rather focus on big time crime then petty crap like this and these calls above amount for more than half of our day usually.
So to offer a solution to this problem I would like to see a sort of "life skills" class taught in highschool which teaches common sense things that
you should have to know in the world. Another solution would be to only call the police if there is a crime...I can't tell you how many times Ive
responded to a non criminal call from someone only to find them drunk under age or smoking weed...or anything else, and the saddest part is I
personally don't care about people drinking under age or smoking weed...but I took an oath..and I have to enforce laws I don't always agree with
just as anyone who works has to do things they don't enjoy in their job.
I feel the same as you in a lot of what you have said...it is a frustrating state in the country and the blame falls on everyone.....the rich, the
poor, the middle class...there are just certain people at every level who "don't get it". Peace and good luck my friend, hopefully things will