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Source: Broward NewTimes
August 10, 2012
Bump Dave and Robo, the sensational sells and bad cops provide the product. This is about our profession and not the bankers or the candle stick makers. Yes, we are human and when we make mistakes with good intentions of bringing justice to those who need it, is one thing. However, to believe we are above the law is self serving and criminal! I have no shame about these type articles. I have pride in that we policed ourselves and took out the trash. Now only if the politicians, bankers, etc., policed themselves!
The point is, we are Police Officers and it is or duty to be upstanding citizens who are honest, brave, trustworthy, and so many other things but we are definately not supposed to be bad people and we are ending up with too many bad people who are getting badges pinned on them. We MUST do a better job of vetting these people and getting rid of them before we turn them loose in public where we has so much authority. Every time one of them does something illegal or wrong, even though it is the good cops that catch and prosecute them, it hurts all of us. It becomes a stereotype. I don't like it when people think that because I was a cop I was crooked, fixed tickets, took kids pot and kept it for myself or to plant on others, beat up people for no reason and planted fake evidence but there are some people that really believe this is common! I am glad that we find the bad guys and lock them up but those that hire the new guys must do a better job in picking their brains and making sure that bad guys don't get their hands on the badge! I don't like the idea of all these private academy's and Community Collages being able to certify cadets as cops that Departments can hire and put out on the streets. I think ALL Police Officers should attend State run Academies, and the fewer of those the better. Even Florida should have no more than a half dozen in the entire state!
There are over 700,000 peace officers in America. Can you imagine a city of 700,000 people with absolutely no crime? (There might be none, if there were 700,000 cops walking around all the time.) It is simply unrealistic for certain members of the public to think that no officer will ever make a mistake, exercise poor judgment, or bring a friend onto a department who turns out not to be a good officer. Judge police by historical standards, not celestial standards. They're just men and women, and every profession is going to have a few people with substance abuse issues or low morals.
"All over the damned place"? GMAB. Sensationalism sells..........
Steve,I definately understand what you're talking about.I believe there was a chair in Internal Security with my name on it.Our Capt. in chatge or that division used to tell us,"If you're not getting complaints,you're probably not doing Police work"I found that,at least in my city the vast majority of complaints filed against officers were filed by convicted felons.
True Jonas, same here.
They may need to review their hiring procedures. We didn't have that problem in the old days.
Bump Dwight, my IA has a file cabinet dedicated just for me. Having said that to say this Good COPS will get complaints and bad cops will get arrested.
You got no disagreement from me. Maybe I should have posted my original comment instead. This isn't limited to Law Enforcement. It seems to be happening all over the place. I grew up believing the policeman/policewoman is your friend. I still believe that!
The last paragraph says it all. With that said, it hurts all of us when just one officer goes rogue and undermines the trust the public has or should have for us, and here in South Florida we surely have more than just one! I'm not a fan of the rat squad (IA), but they are a necessary evil that is needed to police the police and identify, investigate, bring to justice, and clean-out our houses the "few" of us that do go rogue...
Jonas, it's the Newtimes. They will make it look as as bad as they can. However, they can't do that without the truth being told. It is what it is and as unfortunate this information is, it is correct. For me it is all good and any effort to cleanup a profession I love dearly is welcomed! There is no shame for LEO's who are true to our profession!
It's always sad when an Officer gets arrested. It also sounds like the writer has an axe to grind.
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