Sunday, May 13, 2018, 1625 Hrs.
Today’s PTSI(D) blog is about cops. I’ve never been a cop, so I’m speaking somewhat hypothetically and not necessarily from a position of one who knows the particulars of a cop’s life. One thing I do know is that most cops don’t like to be called a “cop”, most of those whom I know or have worked with, prefer to be called “officer”. It’s a choice, what can I say?
Paramedics call the ambulances “rigs”, “chariots” and other nomenclatures so it is what the individual says that it is, allegedly.
Officers of the police forces of any nation have to face the unimaginable on a daily basis. Some are prone to the prejudices they have held for a lifetime about certain demographics of people, while others are taught to be overtly and unnecessarily suspicious of certain “types” by their training officers or other superiorly positioned personnel. This is added pressure to attempt at least to appear fair in their treatment of every person with whom they come into contact. But let’s face reality, we have all had to overcome some form of prejudice which someone or some organized effort of information has educated to believe in. an officer is no more or no less human than is any other, it’s the badge that places them in a seriously haphazard position.
Where I grew up, some police officers were good to everyone, while others abuse their authority and they made the eyes of all of the people start to look untrusting towards all cops. It happened, then, and it is still happening today. No less and probably more so now. Nut this is where the human factor becomes prevalent. Can a cop overcome accepted abnormalities within a department, and use fairness and objectivity to guide him or her through their daily duties?
Imagine, a cop has been shot at a few times by a certain “type” of person. Is it unnatural for this person to gain a wary sense of insecurity whenever they find themselves in a similar area, surrounded by this same “type”? Can we assume that were we in this position that we would not become so jaded (tired, bored, or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something)? So unrelentingly apathetic about and then toward certain “types” of persons based on the negative experiences that you’ve had with a few that you wouldn’t become somewhat inclined to see all of “them” as threats? Isn’t this a creative point for emotional injuries to become a part of the elements of this person’s mind? Mulling over humanity’s expectations against those of a job’s duties that may require you to take a life, or to arrest even a family member or a friend in the performance of same? This seems pretty stressful to me!
We don’t have to do much analyzing here, the points play out themselves in this particular concert, no conductor needed. We are subjected to the atrocities of human depravity but a cop would be more apt to be exposed on a much more substantial basis. Deaths, controversies in families, assaults, rapes, domestic violence. All of this has to find somewhere to be stored, at some point, however, the mind won’t accept any more, it will shunt it away and leave it in the brain without the benefit of having analyzation and a breaking down of the effects of what is being received in order that it is not overloaded.
A quick mind is going to make quick decisions, and when this is coupled with deadly training and experiential deferential exposures, a setup for a disaster is now manufactured. Wither the cop will walk away from the line of work, or the power of having the badge will overtake a sense of normal behaviors in an attempt to protect the individual’s internal safety. BAM! Emotional illness!
However, does this excuse the actions of a cop who goes off-the-range, so-to-speak? Remember that we are a nation which is over-governed and over-taxed with monetary nonsense, and laws that are sometimes and more often than not, ridiculous.
Can we say that a cop has gone bad? Or are we so indoctrinated to obey and respect these humans with given “special” authority, that we will accept almost any actions that they take? Conversely, should an officer be expected to work under these stressors day after day, and not at some point become a negatively objective person?
A cop is a person, another human being, he or she is accorded authority to make decisions that are often difficult to commit to actions that can and often do change multiple lives, and these choices often must be made in a split second. Dangerously stressful and expected for days on end for the whole of most cop’s careers. Can this level of stress be a promotional ladder to PTSI(D)? And if so, what can be done to lessen the onset and depressurize the lives of these people who carry guns and other lethal weapons almost everywhere they go for almost all of their adult lives?
We are talking about human beings who can be legally protected for taking the live of other human beings. What about the reasons for firing? Is a person running away from a traffic ticket worthy of receiving a bullet for doing so? Are we willing to turn away when a cop goes rogue? And if we are, what does this say about our sense of reasoning?
How can we, as citizens make cops understand that they need help while they are working on their jobs and not after something tragic has happened? Do active cops seek help and not find it? If the departments are refusing to offer help to active officers, and he culture of the cops is demanding that the person not seek help because of perceived weakness on their parts, what are the affected supposed to do?
Truthfully this blog is more about the questions than the answers, but yes, we all need to be active in the whole community, not just our little parts of it. Only as a unified humanity can we defeat the precursors to emotionally caused acts on the parts of cops and others in law enforcement jobs. It will make things safer for everyone.
PTSI(D) and cops, are they both on a collision course of unlimitedly destructive potential?
Peace and the blessing of the wholeness of mind, to all.