What Policing Should Be

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WHAT POLICING SHOULD BE

One of the exercises we used to do in training was to define something as what it is versus what it is not – an “Is/Is Not” exercise.

I think we are approaching a time in which we may be losing our police; losing them to militarization, a warrior mentality, and an attitude of “them versus us.” This is dangerous in a free society. It is anathema to democracy.

So, this weekend, I starting thinking about doing an “Is/Is Not” exercise with regard to what policing in a democracy should be and what it should not.

POLICING IN A DEMOCRACY…

IS:                                                  IS NOT

  1. One of us.                            1. “Them.”
  2. Community collaborating.    2. Publicly disengaged.
  3. Lawful/honest.                      3. Corrupt/self-serving.
  4. Educated.                             4. Anti-intellectual.
  5. Problem-solving                   5. Responding to incidents.
  6. Polite/civil.                            6. Discourteous/disrespectful.
  7. Value-driven.                        7. Subculture driven.
  8. Protective/guardian.             8. Violent/warrior.
  9. Helpful/compassionate.       9. Uncaring/unfeeling.
  10. A noble calling.                10. Just a job.

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