An excerpt from a recent piece at Officer.com:
This may not sound politically correct, but we have to create and spread the mindset that our street cops are modern day warriors. As such, they will sometimes need to be tough, demanding, over-bearing and over-powering. They need to immediately dominate a situation and gain control. They have to be allowed to err on the side of a little too much force, rather than too little. The bad guys are used to a more laid back cop mindset now. They know that the cop fears the press and community more than they fear him. The creeps know that society will let them commit the same crimes over and over again, without having to pay much of a price (or none at all) for their behavior. In the process, if they hurt or kill a cop, it changes nothing. Cop killers are rarely put to death. Indeed, some become celebrities – writing books, and having movies made about them that glamorize their wicked ways. And what of the cop that was maimed or killed? After two or three days of obligatory coverage, the cops and their families fade into the background to fend for themselves, never to be heard from again.
Amen. I have spent nights worrying about the fact that our officers have become risk-averse and far too worried about liability, the media, and public image. These are important considerations, to be sure, however cops are dying in greater numbers than ever before. I believe part of the cause is our tainted sense of duty — we worry more about getting sued than getting hurt.
This excellent article on Officer.com explains it better than I ever could. Peruse and consider these points and let me know what you think.