Police Professionals In Retreat


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…

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