By Jim R. Schwiesow
When I entered into the [police] profession 48 years ago, it was a long suffering and put-upon fraternity.
The pay was rotten, the benefits nil, and appreciation seemed to be non-existent. Yet the people who filled the ranks were more dedicated and professional at that time than any other group of people in this nation.
Unfortunately, I was a witness to a steady and progressive decline in the [police] profession during the years that I was active in the law enforcement community.
Ironically, as the pay, benefits and other perks increased, the professionalism seemed to decrease proportionally. And it seemed that every individual, overblown, local politician wanted a piece of the control over the internal affairs of the law enforcement agencies within their districts.
And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, civilian review boards and civil service boards came into being, and somewhat later there were unions to contend with.
Then the government with its LEAA grants came upon the scene and law enforcement administrators gave away what little remained of their control of their agencies to the feds in exchange for the funds that tight fisted local politicos had, through the years, consistently and steadfastly refused to adequately provide.
Next, the police professionals with law enforcement savvy, who had progressed through the ranks, were being passed over for administrative jobs and agency/department heads and being selected by search committees, city councils and city administrators from college graduates with business or administration degrees.
These over-educated and experience-deficient administrators had no feel for the profession, and not an ounce of the common sense and wisdom that police regulars acquire through long-time service. They were simply bean counters that ingratiated themselves with the local politicians by kissing their behinds.
These new honchos hired grant writers and other civilians to go after more federal money, and thereby assured that their agencies would be forever bound to a dictatorial federal control. What they could and could not do in regard to hiring and firing, setting internal policies, and a host of other heretofore-autonomous prerogatives was now regulated by the fine print in the federal contracts that had been accepted in order to receive federal funding.
Since true police professionals were in many cases no longer in charge of law enforcement agencies, and given the fact that [real] police administrators had been frozen out of the hiring and firing process by restrictive civil service statutes, civilian boards, union grievance policies, and the continual meddling of county boards, city councils, and city administrators … there then began to be a noticeable decline in the quality of many of the rank and file.
Professionalism slipped perceptively.
To many, it was now simply a job and little thought was given to the principles that had been so important to the officers of the past.
Officers punched in and punched out of their shifts like factory workers. Many others were disgusted with the change in the profession, and simply left the ranks and found their way to other vocations.
The pursuit of benefits, wages and early retirement programs occupied the minds of those who stayed. They were being converted to a blue-collar worker’s mentality, and they saw the old ethics and the dedication of their predecessors as being tantamount to slavery to the profession.
The truth is … that peace officers in the old days did not need fancy public relations programs to gain the confidence of the people who they served. The people understood that the police were there to help them, and to stand for them against those who would do them harm.
They instinctively knew, by the demeanor of their peace officers, that their sole desire was to ensure that others would not violate the person, the property or the families of those for whom they were responsible.
Peace officers in those days wanted the people of their communities to be free from tyranny. The last thing on their mind was to enforce tyranny upon the people whose interests they represented. They were of the people, and for the people. We have come a million miles from those days and all of it in the wrong direction.
Rather than acting as servants of the people, too many law enforcement officers in this day and age have become willing tools of a system that despotically oppresses freedom, and forces upon the people thousands of dictatorial decrees.
The government bureaucracy that has seized absolute power in the country has also seized control of the law enforcement agencies of the land. And the rank and file thereof is used as soldier enforcers much in the way that the mafia used its soldiers to enforce the tyrannies of that order — coldly, cruelly, without conscience, and with an iron fist.
Law enforcement agencies all too often now employ brutal tactics in their service to the state. Please notice that I said service to the state, law enforcement officers no longer serve the people.[…] Full Article here.
[If our education system actually taught real history in school, we would immediately see the obvious signs leading us down the destructive path of totalitarian rule over the common people. It has all happened before ……..some recent examples are Nazi Germany, Communist U.S.S.R., Communist Red China, etc.]
Brutal Cops in CHINA receive some “street justice” themselves.
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