It’s Not Because We Have To

People tend to get the wrong idea when they see a police officer. My partner Carolyn touched on the subject: What happens when police officers aren’t in uniform – the point of this article was to realize that we are human beings too, and we’re just trying to help. There has been incidents within the police force that are unfair to civilians, but the view people have of us is unfair. You don’t see us judging every civilian because there’s bad apples, that’s just how things work; the larger the organization the more likely you’re going to come across some negativity.

I wanted to make a point that most of us don’t enjoy punishing people, or using our power. In fact most of us actually would rather make an exception to someone that’s speeding for example, or someone driving without insurance. Unfortunately the standards were set for those ‘bad apples’, and it would be unfair to allow exceptions. I got into this field because I wanted to help the world, as I’ve talked about all over Crimestoppers. It doesn’t make me feel good punishing people for the very things I’ve done myself in the past, makes me feel like a hypocrite. Did I just say that? Yes I did, we’re no different than the rest of you. The only real difference is that we are passionate about reducing crime and creating fairness within the community.

I don’t have much for you guys today unfortunately, I just wanted to drop in and let you know we’re still going to be feeding you tons of crime prevention techniques, as well as anonymous requests for advice on what we would do in a situation. Visit our contact page and drop your request in our inbox.

Until next time, here’s a video of an honorable man that deserves a shout out: