Why would anyone want to be a cop right now?

As I’ve said many times, in the current environment, there are soon going to be only two kinds of cops – the REALLY good ones: who are still doing it because they love the work and have a sense of duty, even though they’re treated like the scum of the earth, and the REALLY bad ones: The ones who “get off” on the power of the badge, who are corrupt, or who are so inept they know they’d never make it in the world of business where you actually have to produce something to succeed.

As the younger generation who’ve come up learning that “All Cops Are Bastards” and that policing is inherently racist reach adulthood, the first kind is slowly going to disappear.

Who, in their right mind, would want a job where you’re hated by half the population, working crap hours, underpaid and expected to perform perfectly in every respect every time without fail…and, even if you do perform perfectly, if the outcome turns out badly, there’s a very good chance you’ll be thrown under the bus, at best lose your job and at worst end up in prison?

Seems I’m not alone in that sentiment.

My advice to my fellow officers is simple: The best thing you can do to take care of yourself and your family is to walk away from the table before the dealer decides to clean you out. If you have the skillset to be successful in this profession, you will be successful outside of it.

It’s worth reading the whole thing.

Be prepared to defend yourself and your family because if we aren’t already on our own out there, we very soon will be.


1 thought on “Why would anyone want to be a cop right now?

  1. This is going to get….confusing at first, then ugly.

    The quality of policing must decline under these conditions; when it has declined enough citizens will assume the responsibility for their own protection (and, probably, also the workload for judicial review, incarceration and rehabilitation which, unfortunately for many, will be conducted on-scene).

    That period will, sometime, come to an end as the cycle reverses and policing – along with renewed reverence for the judicial review process and incarceration procedures – will re-assume its proper responsibilities.

    I’m not too worried about the citizen-directed on-scene “urgent rehabilitation process,” because, assuming a reasonable level of societal sanity it will be fairly short, but have deep concerns about the period during which there’s overlap between “proper policing” and “we’ll handle this ourselves” at both ends.

    Transition periods are always the most difficult procedures to manage.

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