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