In writing about the Michael Brown and Freddie Gray cases, I’ve observed that the behavior of so-called leaders and social justice radicals–often one in the same–will ensure that police recruitment will become an exercise in futility and mediocrity. When the best and brightest see that not only will they will not have the daily support necessary to exercise reasonable and lawful discretion in doing their duty, but could easily find themselves prosecuted by unethical ideologues if they happen to arrest the wrong people, or do something routine during the wrong political climate, the best and brightest will no longer have the urge to become police officers.
This is a problem disturbing enough under the best of circumstances. Far too many police executives want their officers to be only so smart, for such people are easier to manipulate and less likely to argue about unreasonable, even dangerous, policies. During my police career, more than one police chief told me I was too smart to be a police officer. Those comments were intended—I think—as a sort of unintentional, backhanded compliment, but it was clear those men didn’t fully understand what they were saying about themselves or their agency.
It is becoming more and more unlikely that future police chiefs will ever have to render such a compliment, and if the officers in Baltimore are convicted, it will be even more unlikely. American policing will become a refuge for the dangerous, unqualified and uncaring, people who want to be police officers because it gives them power over others, precisely the kind of people no rational person wants to wield the authority of the modern centurion. Until this point, my observations—and one need not be an Oracle of Delphi to predict such things—have been primarily predictions. No longer:
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The St. Louis County Police Department says a difficult part of hiring about 30 officers needed to be fully staffed is finding quality applicants.
About 900 officers are working in St. Louis County, including municipalities that contract with the department, says recruitment officer Kevin Minor.
He says they are suffering from what they call the ‘Ferguson effect’ and a lack of trust, and many officers have chosen to go to the private sector.
It is not being lost on prospective police officers that former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson did everything right. He acted entirely within the law, doing exactly what we want competent police officers to do, yet was forced to spend tens of thousands in legal fees, lost his job, his career, and will spend the rest of his life essentially in hiding. These are the rewards offered for a lifetime of personal and familial sacrifice?
Trust will come back around,’ Minor says. ‘But there’s some things that need to be corrected by law enforcement and court systems and things like that. We understand that.’
And he says it’s not unique to the St. Louis region.
‘This ‘Ferguson effect’ is kind of like an atomic bomb,’ Minor says. ‘And it just affected the whole country because no one wants to deal with the scrutiny and the stresses that we’re dealing with now.’
Time heals everything, he says.
Mike, strange coincidence. I just came back from lunch with my friend who happens to be a cop. What I consider to be the real deal, a good guy. Swat commander, night shift supervisor, Operations training officer etc. We were talking about our kids, and I happened to ask him if he wanted his kids to go into police work. He said no, not after Ferguson.
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I am glad I retired from DEA back in 2012. At one time, we could be confident that we would be supported even if we made a mistake provided that “your heart was in the right place” (i.e, you were trying to do the right thing). No more. If an agent makes the wrong mistake, they (management) throw the book at you. I saw this beginning with the Clinton Administration when Ms. Reno was AG. With the current Administration, there is no concern for drug law enforcement…..Mr. Obama simply directs federal LE agencies to ignore laws he doesn’t want to enforce. In service training has become a farce, often featuring highly paid diversity consultants and others who have nothing to contribute to a law enforcement agency.
What did our leaders say about Airport Security?
“If you want to professionalize, you need to federalize.”
Now we have a TSA that misses 95% of the test weapons and test bombs that are sent through the search lines.
Just wait until they claim the same with local police and sheriffs.
Based on this thread, I thought I would share another conversation with my friend. We were dropping our kids off at school the other day and he looked beat. Asked him why and he said they were running active shooter training with airsoft at a local facility. I commented that was job one for cops and he just shook his head and said a lot of “officers” don’t want anything to do with active shooters. As we used to say in the army, “WTF?, over”. I don’t want to endanger my friend, so I won’t identify where he works, but in his department, officers start at 120K / year and easily reach the 250K plus range after a decade.
Having the People start providing for their own protection again wouldn’t be the worst thing that could happen to this country. Farming it out to a select few hasn’t served the People or the few well.
I for one am not happy with the experiment in the Government Monopoly on Violence that started in the 60s.
With the current political climate, no white male in his right mind would seek a job in law enforcement. Which is OK with the social justice activists, who want more “ethnic diversity” anyway.
I can remember when police departments had long waiting lists, and they accepted maybe one applicant in fifteen or twenty. Now, they will become like the Army, with recruiters scraping the bottom of the barrel to fill quotas.
Standards will have to be lowered, while salaries and benefits will have to be increased. Which means that taxpayers will be paying more money for less service.
Leonard Jones said:
I remember (I think it was the 80’s,) when Washington D.C. was the murder
capitol of America. One of the “solutions” for a lack of “diversity” within the
PD was to reduce the standards to increase the numbers of black officers.
The reason for the shortage was simple: Too few candidates without serious
criminal records. Next thing you know, violent criminal thugs with multiple
felonies were wearing blue uniforms. Cops began to be arrested for armed
robbery, murder, drug use and sales, soliciting bribes, you name it. They
quietly dropped the program.
Did you see this story? It’s not just in Baltimore.
Mike McDaniel said:
Thanks for the link!
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