Originally posted by conspiracy88
reply to post by MikeNice81
Dude, everything you just said is the complete opposite of everything I have ever seen or experienced with cops. Cops are corrupt, power hungry. To
want to be a cop in this day in age definitely signifies that you're after some preferential treatment for you and yours. Any person who is capable of
basic reasoning and has any sort of love in their heart would see that to be a cop today means aligning yourself with thugs.
Dude, I've worked with over 65 LEOs for the better part of a year. I ride with them and go on calls with them. I have been on probably 300 calls in
the last six months. Unless you are an officer, or you are doing something idiotic, I believe I have a bigger sampling of data than you do. I speak
Let us be a little realistic though. The NYPD released their numbers for 2010. Out of over 206,000 radio calls involving suspects with weapons only 33
ended with officers firing a shot.
In the last six months, in my job I have seen three cases where the officer was legally justified in firing and never even went for their gun. I have
seen many episodes where cops have given homeless people rides to the shelter at 2am because of the weather. I've seen some of the greatest displays
of humanity in the last six months. I've seen cops run in to burning buildings and perform first aid to save lives.
The only preferential treatment I've seen is free coffee at the BP, 50% off of Popa John's Pizza (if they pick it up in uniform), and free membership
at a gym. I have seen officers fired for gaming the overtime system, stealing, driving infractions, and trying to pick up women while in uniform. I've
seen officers put on unpaid leave for questionable searches, and for complaints of excessive force. Nobody turned a blind eye and nobody gave them
preferential treatment. They were held to a higher standard than I've seen in any other job.
It is real popular for people to paint cops in a bad light or bad mouth them. The truth is that most of the people doing it have been mistreated by
officers for a reason. Over 98% of the complaints of abuse or excessive force we recieve are cleared in less than 24 hours because of video and/or
There are bad cops out there. However, the overwhelming majority are good people doing a hard job because they want to make a difference. Like I said,
the encounters that go well don't make the news. They don't play in to the public perception and they don't sell advertising. A lot of them have no
report to go with them, so there is nobody outside of the incident that knows about it. I can't even count the number of times I've seen an officer
give a run away (over sixteen) a ride to the church mission because they refuse to go home, I can't tell you how many times we've put people in touch
with chaplains or social workers to help them deal with greif and stress. There were multiple "occupy" protests in our jurisdiction. We did not
interfere in a single one.
The cops I know are some of the most loving people in the world. They volunteer at soup kitchens, coach little league, they raise their children well,
they give to orphans and widows, they volunteer for special details around local colleges to keep students safe. Our department of 120 officers and
staff gave over $10,000 dollars to charity out of our own pockets last year. That doesn't include collections for special cases that didn't go through
organized charity organizations.
The average beat cop or detective isn't out there trying to bother people or spying on people. That isn't what they want to do. Plus they don't have
time. A single DUI arrest takes an officer off of the street for about two to three hours before they even start the report. Writing a citation for a
moving violation requires twenty minutes of report writing. An assault arrest takes two hours plus the report. If the officer had to use force to stop
the assault it is about 80 minutes of report writing. Don't even get me started on how long it takes to actually process a drug bust. The average beat
cop doesn't have time to go around needlessly messing with people. If they stop somebody they had a reasonable suspicion that they needed too.
Spending an hour or two processing a person plus an hour writing a report - just to spend three hours sitting in court to watch it get thrown out - is
not fun or productive.
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