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  • Would you say the hostility toward law enforcement has gotten worse

    Good afternoon and Happy New Year, over the past four years would you say that the public's attitudes toward Law enforcement has gotten better or worse? Thanks

  • #2
    Sounds like a homework assignment honestly...….

    But, if you look at the media everyone hates the police. If you work the streets, the same people who have always hated us still hate us while those that have loved us still love us.

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    • #3
      There is a third category of seemingly everyday people who are sheltered and not exposed to the realities of life. These people are always the ones whose voices you hear in viral videos telling the Police Officer to stop “hurting” the suspect. They are normally not violent and cannot comprehend why violence needs to be used.

      These folks are dangerous due to their ignorance.
      semper destravit

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RGDS View Post
        There is a third category of seemingly everyday people who are sheltered and not exposed to the realities of life. These people are always the ones whose voices you hear in viral videos telling the Police Officer to stop “hurting” the suspect. They are normally not violent and cannot comprehend why violence needs to be used.

        These folks are dangerous due to their ignorance.
        You mean the vast majority of the law-abiding population?

        Let's be honest about use of force and perception. The "average" person probably hasn't been in a physical confrontation since the 4th grade. To them, using force to achieve a desired result (no matter how justified) is an alien concept...they might understand it in theory, but actually using force and understanding that justified force can appear (and be) quite violent is outside of of their scope of understanding. In short, they can relate to it about as well as you can relate to a fish breathing underwater.

        And, honestly, that's a GOOD thing! That means that we, as LEO's, are doing a good job of insulating most people from violence.

        The down-side is, people don't understand when we have to use force and that it's not a pretty thing...we're talking about the evils of perception. And, let's be honest, as LEO's, we're not very good at explaining it to the "average joes." We're a closed, insulated group (that's good and bad). We see things from a different perspective (again, that's good and bad). We frequently take someone outside of the profession asking why we do what we do as either a criticism or as a bad guy digging for info (which can be justified, but also makes "educating" the public MUCH more difficult).

        Calling most people "ignorant" because they don't understand LE isn't really justified any more than calling one of us "ignorant" if we don't understand nuclear physics. It's simply outside of our realm of knowledge. Should the public try to understand it? Absolutely...we're talking about the enforcement of the laws of the society in which they live and, as members of a democracy, they should be active participants. But, we as LEO's have a hand in their "ignorance" because of who we are.
        "He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
        -Friedrich Nietzsche

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        • RGDS
          RGDS commented
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          Oh I agree that we need to be much better at explaining law and policy. Like, every time there is a Press Release, Admin should attach the relevant policies and laws.

      • #5
        According to the media, there's rampant distrust and hatred towards police. Because the media wants to sell newspapers and inflates every story they can. If it bleeds, it leads.

        Average John Q Citizen I've met is extremely supportive of the police. I'm regularly thanked for my service, which isn't why I do the job but it's still nice to hear. A lot of it comes down to the agency and the community too. If the police department is active in its community or not. My own experiences, being a part of an agency that has a really good working relationship with the people it protects, the majority of people are supportive with one or two goofballs thrown in.

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