Below I interviewed a few policemen to get a better perspective of who they are and their opinions on today’s problems.
Question: Why did you become a policeman? “The ultimate goal was to be a US Marshal, but you need work experience, so I dove into local law enforcement because that’s where you make the most difference when dealing with everyday crisis.”
Question: What is the worst scenario you face as a police officer? “Dealing with dead bodies. It never gets easy. You never get used to it. As a police officer, you have to be strong, and level-headed. You walk into a house and make sure everything is ok. You are dealing with people when they are at their lowest level in life when their loved ones have died, and you have to be strong and level-headed.” “It takes a special type of person to do this job. When people are running away from danger policeman run into danger. That cannot be taught in any classroom or school. That is just the mindset of policemen.”
Question: What is the most rewarding thing about your job? “It sounds cliché, but you want to treat people like you want to be treated at the end of the day. My biggest reward is treating you the opposite of the negative view people have of police.”
Question: What do you say to people that have a negative view of police?“ Just like there are good white people there are bad white people. There are good black people and bad black people. There are good policemen and there are bad policemen. We are all humans and nobody’s perfect, that does not make it right but that is just the way it is. There are also good civilian and bad civilians.
Question: Name some of the dangerous things you do?“Serve warrants, go to people’s homes and arrest them. It is dangerous because you don’t know what lies behind that door. Traffic stops because you don’t know what will happen.”
Question: What do you say to people that have negative views about the police? “You can’t judge every officer by the actions of a few.” “People see law enforcement and cops and they escalate the situation because of other incidents and you can’t react negatively to police based on incidents in the news.” “We can’t stereotype! Not everyone that walks with their pants down is a criminal. You can’t judge everyone with rims on their car as a dope boy. That goes the same way with the community as well as police.”