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  • I have the utmost respect for police officers, since both of my brothers have been officers, and I know how difficult the job is. On a completely different topic, some look kinda hot in their uniforms as well . . . . :o)
  • well it's pretty much the only time you can give a cop a hard time. Come on now..you know it's true. It's like finally getting your bully tied to a chair. are you really going to give him a neck rub or are you gonna tease him a bit???
  • Well, you dont get that from me! seeing that you were a police officer piqued my interest to be honest...especially LAPD!! And after that i added you as a friend because i like your vibe!
  • For some including me, it is sometimes. You just got to pick your 'troubles' carefully : ) And honestly, although I never had any problem with you, I guess some people have a dislike of authority figures.
  • My personal experience is that people who have trouble with the police are the same people who have TROUBLE with the police. If you are doing what you should, chances are the police are not a problem. If your doing something you shouldn't... well "Duh"! I for one have no problem with the police, and I love ya, ya big lug! And that's not just the uniform fetish talking.
  • I think this question is one of those questions like 'why are people bad' - one of those ones with no real answer. I don't mind cops, they're people who do a job like anyone else - some do it well, some not so well. All the cops I have dealt with have been nice enough (although since I have not been in trouble that may bias my view). :)
  • No offence but a lot of cops are major asshats. Not all but alot let the power go to their heads and become asses,you see the stories all the time of cops abusing their authority,I know that they are isolated incidents but still the media makes a big deal out of it.I know most cops are good people but the few bad ones screw up the police reputation in general. I propose much harsher punishments for bad cops....suspended with pay doesn't seem that harsh to me.
  • Ive only been in trouble once but did alot of shit. But the cop i bumped into abused his power so i felt i had a right to lip off and try my damndest to get away. But i have alot of respect for the police, though i do call them names sometimes but i never get in toruble now.
  • I have been on both sides of the poliece car, no big deal I have been helpful and I have been "not so good" we get what we deserve (mostly). I don t have a problem with any police officers, actualy, they (you ) often need to be commended, ( as our armed forces, you are often in harms way, protecting the innocent. (and "sometimes" I am one of the innocent
  • I don't think that people on here have a problem with police officers who actually do their job - find people who are breaking the law and arrest them. The problem lies with the other side of that, officers who are out for a cut of whatever or just out to harass people - those are the types of officers that people don't respect. Since not to many people know you personally on the site, they see the badge and assume the worst. I'm just guessing here, of course. I personally don't have a problem with you, police, or authority.
  • Well, you might be a good cop, but speaking from my home town, the cops are about as crooked and ineffectual as they can be. Anyone runs into a cop like that, and it's going to taint their opinion. On the other hand I have also been helped out a lot of times by lawmen. So I'd say people need to remember that cops need to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis just like any ordinary folks.
  • It certainly shouldn't be difficult, generally. Certainly there are laws that ought to change, but it's not due to such issues that people seem to feel antagonized by the police. Perhaps traffic violations annoy average people the most. I wouldn't categorize those as things that need to change, but they are things that even I find irksome. (Takes a good measure of self control.) Nevertheless, I think this minor annoyance is often fed by an unfortunately significant number of people who are looking to justify their more significant (IMO) infractions of the law, such as drug use, vandalism, etc.. If they can demonize police and get others to validate their demonization of the police, then they can more easily pretend to themselves that they are justified in their behavior.
  • I'm not afraid of you....the gun maybe:) I agree....stay out of trouble and no problems. Next time it happens bring out the pooch with the big teeth and see how brave they are then. I loves ya!....many (((hugs))) to you:)
  • "theres laws, break them, theres repercussions" Huh, could is possibly be that there don't seem to be laws for the cops enforcing them? How about that 99% of all cops abuse their power? Or that most cops tend to be head cases? Now don't get me wrong, I personally like you. In Hot Pursuit, I just don't like your profession. I've been around cops and the law all my life (no not from being in trouble) and I've just found most cops to be general assholes while on the job.
  • Unfortunately, officer, you are asking such a question from a predominately juvenile audience on this 100% anonymous site who are 100% unaccountable to anyone. That's not to say that the juvenile audience is all juvenile in terms of age, but their antics, comments, poor spelling and the general level of nonsense and asinine questions all testify to their immature disposition, whatever their actual age. These people are sadly in the majority on this site. If you're looking for intelligence on this site, you will find it, but its like gold dust - rare.
  • Have seen your answers a lot in the site, I don't really see any of them being criticized or reacted to with sarcasm, so I dunno... But I don't have any problems with American cops, but that's probably because I'm not in America. [I'm in the Philippines] And I hate Filipino cops in general, they're corrupt. Again, dunno...
  • Some, not all, police abuse their authority or neglect their responsibility. I called the cops out because my estranged husband came to my house (which was purchased before the marriage and to which he was never on the title), pushed me violently to force his way into the house, slammed doors, knocked things off the wall, screamed obscenities and threats, and only left when I dialed 9-1-1. The responding police officer had to be badgered into even filling out a report, was completely dismissive, told me I'd have to go to the police station "if I wanted to file charges", and flat-out told me that "well, he's your husband" - even when told the facts. This was not the 1970's, either. This was 2005. It wasn't some small, backwards town, either. This was in Baltimore. The police do not always have a stellar reputation.
  • You're a police officer, you should be used to sarcasm by now. Stop being so sensitive. I have no feelings one way or another about authority, but if you say something that elicits sarcasm, don't be surprised when you get it. I doubt that your being a police officer has all that much to do with the sarcasm, anyway. It may rather be the way you present yourself.
  • I dont know where you live, but the cops here are arrogant. They will not listen if you are an innocent party in something. Even if you are telling the truth. I was a really good kid. I NEVER got into trouble. yet some guy attacked me because i "stole" his soler light. he did not see me and had no evidence... yet the police believed him over me. I would have gone into the police station with them if another squad of cop cars carring my old teacher (who is now a cop) had not of said how good i was. Police here are also biased and rude. They are nasty and dont care for others. When things get stolen or something urget happens they dont care. they turn up 48hours later. My partners father got attacked in town one night and was really badley hurt. He had to stay there for over 3 hours until they turned up to get a description of the thugs... when he really needed a hospital. but i am not rude, and i would never take it out on an indivdual cop, especailly one i dont know... and on a site like this where they are off duty
  • My son is a sergeant at our county's sheriff's department and just last week we had a discussion similar to this. He stated that a full 90% of the officers he personally knows have personality and behavior problems. Cops are people, but they're people who are issued badges and guns and have authority over other people and, of course, that's bound to attract bullies and people with emotional & psychological problems. Not all officers are like this, anymore than all doctors are pill pushers, but the reality is, a lot are.
  • I have recently been trying to be nicer to you cops, after realizing I was going a little overboard with my hatred of the police,so I will go ahead and answer you from the other side of the story. While I understand that police are important, and without them there would be chaos, there are quite a few reasons that people don't like cops. I will list a couple for you to consider. The nature of the job is that you have to deal with alot of bad things, and that can wear someone down. A great deal of cops seem to become desensitized to the point that they don't understand that although the laws exist, they are not custom fit to each situation, and sometimes more, or less is required of them to adapt. This leads alot of people to see cops as complete jerks. The way most police departments have quotas requiring them to make so many traffic citations within a certain time period. This makes alot of people have to deal with BS that wouldn't even be an issue. Isn't the point of the police to prevent and solve crimes? Shouldn't that be the focus, not just traffic violations? Shouldn't it be more about making sure the assigned area is crime free, before worrying about giving someone a ticket for going 6 mph over the limit? I understand that some traffic violations are major, and should definitely always get the attention they deserve ( dui, reckless driving, speeding in a construction zone etc). Another example of a situation that most officers will take an unpopular action is a traffic stop of a designated driver. An intoxicated passenger, inside a private vehicle, can still be arrested for public intox. Aren't they doing exactly what they are supposed to do? They aren't driving, and aren't trying to walk down the road. Yet I know a few people who have been busted just for asking a friend to drive them home because they had been drinking. I would imagine that the officer can choose to let that go, but choose not to. This is the kind of silly thing that people see as a trap. The attitude that alot of cops have seems to be a big issue as well. You are one, so you have to have seen the "I'm a cop so I am better than everyone else" attitude. I don't say all cops have it, but it is there. Seems they forget that the police work FOR the public, not over it. Even though I am seriously anti-cop, I will say that there are cops who don't fit any of the examples above. There are cops who actually go out and do their job because they believe in law and order. Just remember, that no matter what good is done by a group, most of what will be remembered by the average person is the bad stuff they hear or see.
  • Folks who attack authority figures often have the most to hide from them. I really do think that people who vehemently hate cops do so because they hate getting caught and called out for doing something they know deep down IS wrong. It is far easier to hate and blame the person who is part of the punishment than hating and blaming yourself for being a law-breaking jackass. Folks who consider themselves above the laws loathe accepting personal responsibility for their own actions. And that is why your job is such an uphill battle. Mmmhmmhmm..... I do love me a man in uniorm!
  • i find it sad that you are being treated this way. as an officer of the law you deserve respect, you are a symbol of the authorities we are supposed to be in submission to. the bible indicates that we are to respect such individuals of authority, and for that reason as a christian Jehovah's Witness i, and i also speak for the rest of my brotherhood take this very seriously. it is true that at times i have come across some officers that have been downright rude. that however does not excuse us to show disrespect. we are admonished in the bible at romans 13:1-5 "let every soul be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. therefore he who opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God; those who have taken a stand against it will receive judgement to themselves. for those ruling are an object of fear, not to the good deed, but to the bad. do you then, want to have no fear of the authority? keep doing good, and you will have praise from it; for it is God's minister to you for your good. but if you are doing what is bad, be in fear: for it is not without purpose that it bears a sword; for it is God's minister, an avenger to express wrath upon the one practicing what is bad. there is therefore compelling reason for you people to be in subjection, not only on account of that wrath but also on account of your conscience." the apostle paul found it necessary to write the christians of rome, because even though they were under a very harsh roman government they were to understand that they were expected to show respect none-the-less. so goes for modern christians. this counsel applies till today. especially we are obedient, because this also brings us Jehovah God's approval. to a Jehovah's Witness this is what is most important. having his approval is what we are always striving for. besides, i feel very protected at times whenever i see an officer on the road. i truly take exception to names you are given such as cop, fuzz, etc. rest assured that you are appreciated by many, Jehovah's Witness or not. feel proud of your duty to serve and protect. by the way you guys really are awfully cute in your uniforms! for more information on the bible topic of respecting authority you can go to www.watchtower.org
  • I thank you for always answering my questions with humor and assurity. You've also taken my jibes at your profession with the silliness they deserve. I'm sorry to hear that others are not so amused.
  • I have some very good friends who work in law-enforcement and have great respect for them. I have also encounter some real pricks in law-enforcement who are just bullies, Unfortunately I think those are the encounters that stick in peoples mind when they think of the police.
  • I have no problem at all with authority. My husband used to be a cop, my brother-in-law is a state trooper and I work for the Supreme Court. Cops are just like any other profession - there are those who respect the rights of others and those who like to trample those rights. There are those who are kind and sensitive (despite the job requirements) and those who are just asshats. If peeps on AB are giving you a hard time with sarcasm, send them to me. They don't call me "The Executioner" for nothing!! :)
  • Since my sister married a cop, I have a lot more respect for cops... but I am generally not a "law and order" type -- and I tend to react negatively to ideas about law and order because as we all know -- money talks -- the law means nothing if you have a good enough lawyer -- and to see politicians flaunting the law reinforces the idea that police protect the rich, not the people. Here in Canada we've been having problems with our national police -- recent headlines here include: an old drunk that was dumped in an alley and allowed to die of hypothermia, a 15 year old girl that was restrained so tightly she chouldn't move, and she was forced to sit for 4 hours in a jail cell like that, a Polish immigrant was tazered at the airport and died shortly after. In this day an age, police need special training in social services, between mental illness, homelessness, crackheads, and domestic violence -- I know it must be a very very difficult job at times.
  • Ya got my tol reshpect shir. Now ca I has my lishense backed! Seriously you should be commended for the job you do!
  • I don't criticize you... :)
  • hi :) i hate that you get criticized for your profession; but i think that a lot of people tend to stereotype poicemen from a bad experience; everyone has a "story" or knows someone who does......i can think of a few times myself that i didn't have the nicest experience but then i can think of some times that i was really helped too! i just try to remember.....it's not the uniform but the person......anyone can be nice or ugly :)
  • I have a number of cops in my family(uncles, cousins etc) and I normally don't have a problem BUT some are right pricks and are power hungry and love nothing better than to stand over and try to intimidate other people .... well sorry I will not allow that to happen to me by anyone ... copper or no copper ... show me respect and I will give it back in spades , but if you try to 'lord' over me and you do at your own peril regardless of what uniform you have on
  • I'll take issue with one point in your question: "Its not difficult to stay out of trouble, is it?" No, it isn't - unless you are a driver. But it is too easy to drive with a bulb gone, or a tyre below limits, or to exceed a speed limit by just a bit because you are not thinking. I am not talking about heavy stuff like drink/drive or 30 over the limit, but it is easy unknowingly to break the law. Of course, you will say, police are understanding of these minor events and usually warn rather than ticket. True, but at their choice. Once you have, accidentally, broken the law, you are in their power and subject to their goodwill, a deeply humiliating position to be in. I am, I think, a very law abiding person. But I am a driver, and whenever I see a policeman, I am worried. Most strongly, of course, when I am driving, but that fear spills over to any policemen. Because, if I make a tiny slip, I am AT THEIR MERCY (which is often, but not always, shown), the police are the enemy - even ewhn they are trying to be a friend. Traffic police should be distinctly different from keeping-order police. Then I would know my friends from my predators.
  • I have nothing but respect for you and your profession. Unfortunately there will be the odd person or two who will give you a hard time. It's not right but it will happen.
  • No, it's not that difficult to stay out of trouble. People often talk a good game, and when they have a chance to razz on someone of authority behind the veil of anonimity, then they of course take that chance. A bit sad, but it's to be expected.
  • I believe its the nature of people to be that way. It sucks. The people that criticize are also the first to call the police when they're in trouble and need help. Go figure.
  • You don't get the credit you should for doing your job. Like so many other stories the media only makes a big deal out of the bad things. I have no problem with the police, but at one time I did have with a certain one; bugged me for some time because I wouldn't date him. Well I didn't like him. Of course it didn't help that I was seeing one of his friends!LOL I love a man in uniform!!
  • I have a great deal of respect for police. I cannot even imagine what cops go through every single day. Just knowing that every traffic stop, every confrontation, any visit to any dwelling could end your life must be stressful beyond belief. Coming face to face, every day, with drug addicts and dealers, domestic violence, drunks, gang bangers, thieves, muggers, and other assorted scenarios and low-life's beyond the realm of my imagination must also require a person to desensitize and become less 'understanding' and 'tolerant', as well. That can certainly lead to some of the conceptions that cops are 'pricks'. Personally, nearly every interaction I have had with police has been a fair, if not painless, experience. I have always shown respect to any officer that I have come in contact with in a professional situation. I always call the officer sir or ma'am, keep my mouth shut, and do exactly as I'm told. This behavior has always worked out for me and I have never been 'mistreated' by any cop. I've had a couple of odd situations. Once I was pulled over, quickly surrounded by two additional cruisers, and came face to face with several officers with drawn guns pointed directly at me. It turned out that I fit the description of a person who had only a short time beforehand robbed a bank. It was scary, but once I was cleared, I received an apology and was sent on my way. I can't fault the police for doing their jobs. One big break I received from a cop came when I was pulled over for a burned out tail light. My wife was pretty buzzed, as we were returning from a party. My license was expired, and I did not realize it. Stupid, I know, but it happened. The cop couldn't let me drive and my wife couldn't drive. The officer could have arrested us both and impounded the car, but instead, he let me pull into a gas station and call some relatives, who came and drove us and our car home. He waited until they arrived and bid us goodnight! He was extremely nice. He did, of course, cite me for expired license, but he even apologized for having to do so. I viewed that ticket as a 'gift', considering the circumstances. One other time, my wife and I came home from a vacation and realized we had failed take our house keys with us when we left (I swear, I'm not an idiot, even though it may appear that way, based on these stories, lol). We had no option but to break into our house. We stopped and called the police and told them our situation. They sent a cruiser to our home and the officer verified who we were. Then he hauled a blanket out of his trunk and used his nightstick to break the window and lined the base with the blanket so they I didn't get cut going through. That qualifies as 'protect and serve', I think, by anyone's definition. :) I'm a law-abiding citizen, who's had a few run-ins with cops in my day. I have the utmost respect for the police. You have a very tough job and I am thankful that you are out there doing it. I certainly don't want your job! :)
  • I don't think it has anything to do with you personally. Some AB users think this site is too "serious" and "dry" and the way to liven it up is to insult other users. What better target the the stereotypical cop. It's not you they are insulting, it's their own twisted idea of what is funny.
  • I actually don't mind you. So far, I think you're actually a pretty cool guy. I treat policemen and women like I'd treat anyone else. It doesn't make a difference. I see the human being in the uniform and you guys don't even intimidate me. Why should I be intimidated? I have nothing to hide. It depends on the person's character whether they are mean or not, not whether or not they have a uniform on. Police make mistakes just like everyone else. Sweeping generalizations are rude to make.
  • Buddy, you and I have had many chats here. You know that I have respect for you and police in general. I think the first problem is that many people go through a rebelious stage, and there are a fair amount of younger people here. Beyond that, you have people that just like to blindly accept poorly reasoned stereotypes (donuts for example). The anger is not really against you, it's against what you represent and you become the focal point for them to vent. Laws are there for a reason (I don't agree with them all, and honestly, I have broken my share), but I'm not going to verbally attack someone that represents authority. Dude, you and what you do have my total respect.
  • I'm far from being in total agreement with many laws, but I have nothing against police officers as people. There are some laws enforced by the police that I object to, but if anything, agents of the law are even more victimized by unjust laws than the general populous. I've never much seen the point of protesting laws one doesn't agree with by holding unfounded grudges against the people in charge of enforcing them, it's not as if a police officer gets to pick and choose which laws they enforce based on their own judgment, they're essentially slaves to the interests of the oft-corrupt people who write the laws. It's not as if taking things personally can do anything but make everything more difficult for everyone involved.
  • I have a good friend who is retired from the NYC Police Department. I have great respect for officers, my grandfather was one for a while. I lived two houses away from the police chief when I was growing up. As for ABers, I would think they might view you as 'The authority'. And people like to go against the rules everywhere in life.
  • There are reasons for laws, and some people seem to think that they're stupid and are not going to follow them because they think in a different mindset. I mean, there's really not much you can do about it, and they're usually not such a big deal to follow. I don't understand those people. (It seems most of the time it has to do with drugs...those people don't understand that they're not thinking clearly because they are always in a fog!) I have respect for the police and I do my best to do whats right. Sorry you are treated badly for choosing to be an upstanding citizen and have a very honorable career.
  • I welcome you guys with open arms! You guys put your lives at risk everyday to protect us! Thank You!!! How can I disrespect an officer just knowing that?
  • I'm sorry you feel that way. I hope I was never one of those that made you feel like that. That said, I have had a few dealings with police in my area for a variety of reasons from a traffic violation to reporting a burglary and some animal abuse I witnessed and I can say out of the 8 or more officers involved in those incidents only 1 was an out of line jerk. A straight up bully with a badge. Unfortunately his is the visit that sticks out most in my mind. People in a position of authority who abuse that power make folks angry. Sorry you are being mistreated especially if it is because of biased that has nothing to do with you personally.
  • I haven't really ran into more than a few times in questions, but I have a lack of respect with the police because I was assaulted by an officer and they chose to protect their own. Now if I get pulled over, or a cop passes me while I'm walking down the street I feel more unsafe than at any other point in my life.
  • There are a lot of people who disparage police or other authority figures until they need them! Since I haven't encountered you before, please let me say how much I appreciate those who "preserve and protect". I'll never forget the very young Sheriff's Dept. officer who took time from her busy day to help me change a tire on the freeway one evening. Police officers are people, plain and simple. Their authority derives from laws that wouldn't be on the books if our representatives hadn't voted for them.
  • If you break the laws, you go to jail. If you stay out of trouble and not break the laws, then you stay out of jail. Respect of the laws is my rule. I was a victim of rape and when the police caught the rapist after I had a complete description of him drawn of him ( he was caught in 1 hr), he was arrested, and put in jail for 13 yrs with no probation. I found the police to be quite supportive of me, for I followed the laws of the courts and the police department by reporting the incident. We should respect the laws of the state, the police in their duties and knowing freedom is a nice place to be. Break the laws and you lose your freedom and your rights. I support all of the law enforcement agencies. I just pray for the corrupt ones. God bless you Police -- in hot pursuit.
  • I dont got a problem with you bro. :)
  • Maybe the problem is because you are advertising the fact that you say you are a police officer, It may to some be another symptom of that "braggadocio, swaggering, jack booted, fascist and coercion loving archetype. I for one and most others, that I have read here do not and don't want to advertise our employment choices. Please don't take offence, as I am attempting to answer your question fairly for your benefit.
  • I would say it is because cops (most of them or the ones i have met) are school yard bullies that grew up and are now bullies behind a badge - we break the law you enforce it - there will always be friction there - but cops are suppose to be the professionals - and they always seem to forget about the serving part of protect and serve
  • I respect and admire law enforcement officials as a whole. There are of course bad seeds like with anything else, but the overwhelming majority of police that I have had contact with are dedicated and professional. Thanks for what you do.
  • Sounds like your flaunting it.. no one here knows what I do really.
  • I think people have a hard time understanding that there are good cops and bad cops and they think a cop is always a bad cop. I don't think that. I've known some pretty cool cops and met some bad cops as well.
  • Most honest and upstanding citizens don't have a problem with authority/police. But I will say that I've met several (in a social setting with friends from time to time) who have been quite cocky and egotistical, even off duty. Having said that, if I had to deal with law-breakers and put my life on the line every day I might have that attitude sometimes too.
  • Aww,you guys aren't so bad!You just have a tough job.I'd like to know how you separate your work life from your private life.
  • no, it's not that difficult to stay out of trouble, but i have been harrassed, lied to, and mistreated by the police enough times in my life for them to lose my respect. i realize there are *some* good cops out there, but more than not, they seem to break the laws just like everyone else. usually, if i see a cop driving around here & i am watching them for five minutes, they violate the laws concerning driving *at least* once. if they don't use their blinkers, head lights, or gas pedal properly, i don't think they should be able to give me a ticket for those same things. yet, they will.
  • I don't have a problem with police officers and authority but the other day while I was in a Starbucks I saw a state trooper order a superlarge fruity frappachino with lots of whip cream and my respect went out the door with him.
  • That's gotta suck your a nice guy
  • No problem, but I will admit that when I'm on the side of the road with flashing lights behind me because my stop at a light was questionable or I was driving a little bit over the posted limit, I'm stewing about how bored that particular cop must be and wondering what real crimes are happening at the time. Because, like all other drivers everywhere in the world, I feel I'm a better driver than 99% of the morons out there and those nitpicky rules should not apply to me. :)
  • Dude, I have your six. Semper Fi
  • The only criticism you get is from the ones who can't seem to follow the law. So no worry POLICE They just need to grow up! You have many who enjoy you very much here, myself included!
  • Naaaaw i wouldnt have trouble with ya but i guess its because...well i have no idea, maybe because they feel they cant be themselves or something just cos a cop is around? like ur a higher authority so they feel threatened or something? and for the record it is quite hard to stay outta trouble :) but thats the kinda trouble no one cares about, like getting 18 movies out when ur only 15 *shifts eyes* not that ive...done that...my friend did....once.. YOU'LL NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE! *jumps through ground floor window, find myself unharmed, runs*
  • How did anyone know that you were a police officer BEFORE you asked this question? Correct me if I am wrong but if you tell me that some people gave you a hard time just because of the name you gave yourself then they need to have their heads examined.
  • I like police. I like canine police officers especially. I have dated detectives, patrol guys, even a sergeant. I would simply ignore those who treat you with sarcasm or derision. Don't forget we get to see a cross section of society on AB. We get the young, those who are not fabulously educated, those who are rigid and closed minded, those who are reasonable, and every degree in between along with several thousand descriptives I might have tossed out here. Find value in those who've answered your questions with reasonable answers, those who make you giggle, those who truly do inform, inspire, and otherwise make it pleasant to be here. Look at the others with the knowledge that they may be coming from a place of fear or low self esteem. You know how some people may want to BE police officers but cannot make the grade, I am sure. What do they do? They resort to sour grapes and go complaining off to their Rent-A-Cop job.
  • Fear. It's fear. Cop can shoot you in your face while your begging for your life on your knees and get away with it. Woodie Guthrie song: I know the police give you trouble, They give trouble everywhere. But, when you die and go to Heaven, you'll find no policemen there.
  • I do not know why so many people have a problem with authority/police. Is it some part of their immaturity that they can't handle? Without laws and the police who enforce them, we would not have order, and without order life would be very difficult. I don't want to live in a chaotic, dangerous society. Do you? Throughout my life, I have always respected the police---they do a very hard job and most are committed to what they do. They are like you and me, and they too have to abide by the same laws. Of course there is the bad apple once in awhile, but isn't that the case with all professions? I have two young children, and I am teaching them that when they abide by the law and respect the police, they are doing a common good for everyone. The family unit is a smaller version of society, and if each family member is brought up properly, you will end up with a better society. Sorry if I sound corny, but that is the undeniable truth. My brother-in-law is a policeman (RCMP), and I have the utmost respect for the very demanding job he does everyday----I just wish other people do too, but in this world of nuts and whiners, that's really wishful thinking.
  • I don't have a problem with you because I've never been in trouble with the police. We are cool as far as I'm concerned.
  • I'm sorry that the behavior of some of your fellow officers possibly even from before your time left a feeling of mistrust in many people. I can think of no more noble choice than to be a cop if it's for the right reason and not some Napoleon complex or some other issue more dubious than to protect and serve savvy?
  • I think at an early age we're all taught to almost fear authority (I.E. If your bad you're going to get spanked by your parents, or if you do badly in school you're going to face the principal), therefore I think a lot of people are afraid to express their opinions. Others, I think rebel or give you lip because they want to show that they're rebelious. I think a lot of people seem to lose sight of the fact that you're still a person under the uniform, which is lame. I think what you do is commenable.
  • no, it is far easier to stay out trouble than to go looking for it.
  • Do your Job---Keep us all safe---Most of us appreciate that,,exspecialy us that have young ones,,,I tell mine the police are good peep and to respect em and do as they say,,times have changed----But I still believe in right and wrong--and the athority figures that help keep us safe.... I was called lot of shit ,,in the ARMY---but i knew my job and preformed it,,as I'm sure you do as well!!!!
  • You won't get any criticizing or sarcasm from me (ok maybe a little bit of sarcasm). I don't see why people would - who cares if your a policeman? I mean do doctors & lawyers get grief? I have a friend who is a cop and so what he's a cop - I'm not going to criticize him for his profession.
  • I personally like police, but I know why people don't. First, many (perhaps most) people don't like the police because they want to break the law and not face the repercussions. Second, you rarely encounter cops, and when you do it is usually bad news. A firefighter can run over your cat while racing to a fire, and at the end of the day they are still heroes. But people rarely see the benefits of cops. Cops certainly prevent crime and they make neighborhoods safer, but people seem to think that crime will remain at the status quo regardless of what cops do.
  • Because people think power corrupts, and for a lot of people it does. But it's more money that corrupts. And a lot of us don't like being told what to do by simple minded idiots.
  • You are very brave to tell people you are a police, i work at police station as a clerk in Trinidad. I harely say so cause of criticism i receive and i am a civilian. If you are a scrupulous police officer you should not let the comments affect you. Remember everybody has a right to their opinion whether you like it or not.
  • People like to talk big or be sarcastic to ones who have authority. It makes them feel better. That's all. I don't do that because I'm not that insecure. And, I respect cops and what they do.
  • Sorta.
  • Many of the ABers, especially at certain times, are kids (12-20). They don't all appreciate the dangers you face. They only know the videos from Spike-TV and other channels (many of which are "COOL" to them, but ...) They criticize MANY others. Don't feel you're alone, here! ;-) Personally, I appreciate and respect the police. They do a dangerous job and seem to be rarely appreciated by the public. All the public knows is they are representative of the government (lawmakers) and pull them over for drinking/driving, for speeding, for parking wrong, etc. which costs them money. Stay true to yourself and the rules of law, and good luck.
  • Pretty much cops in my neck of the woods dont do anything for anyone- I saw a cop car with 2 policemen in it yesterday with its lights flashing, siren blaring, screaming down the street, only to pull into Mc Donalds & drive up to the take away window to get lunch. Now if that isnt a power trip, I dont know what is. And when you get pulled over because your rear brakelight is "out" (the cop whacks it with his baton-stick thing, busting it up) that isnt cool. I dont care if he has a quota to fill, thats just not right. My ex fiancee's dad was an officer & he admitted it was a cushy job & he enjoyed it because he got a feeling of power out of the authority. So that was pretty much the icing on the cake for me I guess.
  • Law enforcement personnel have their place in society, But some overstep their authority and disregard citizens rights which causes the public to paint all police officers with the same brush.
  • I have respect for authority and the for the police. Law enforcement courses: http://www.earnmydegree.com/index.cfm?action=hom.degree&cat_id=3&key=go_police_academy_exact~FD66F9C3-3048-8C55-DBA0D702D2E30132&sid=FD66F9C3-3048-8C55-DBA0D702D2E30132&landing=1&conc_id=62&type=3&zip=30321&fid=CJU_V2 - - - -[Here is an excerpt from the website for you] - - - - - Capella University - Criminal Justice Programs Criminal Justice (Bachelor's) Emergency Management (Bachelor's) Homeland Security (Bachelor's) Security Management (Bachelor's) Criminal Justice (Master's) Emergency Management (Master's) Public Safety Leadership (Master's) Criminal Justice (Doctoral) Emergency Management (Doctoral) Public Safety Leadership (Doctoral)
  • I believe that if you obey the law not only will you not have problems with the police but you will live a happier life.
  • Wow officer, it sure looks like those of us who respect you far outweigh the rest! This must be a record or close to it.
  • I've never had a problem with any police officer here on AB and there are quite a few. But then again, I've never had a problem with them in real life either.
  • With all due respect, there are too many laws prohibiting and regulating peaceful activities beteen consenting adults. People resent the government making "malum prohibitum" laws regulating their private activities, and resent you interfering in things that are nobody's business but their own, law or no law.
  • Monkeys don't like cages.
  • Somewhere along the line, just a few decades ago, resisting and attacking authority at every level became cool. The ones who do this are hypocrites. If they became the victims of crime, the would be the first to run to the authorities that they constantly criticize, for help. Shake off these flies that pester you. Thank you for your service.
  • I think that people need to wake up! You are here to help us when we need it most. People sit and criticize and put you down, but when the going gets tough, Who do they call? THE POLICE! I live in a not so great area and see kids running when they see a police car. Those kids are up to no good and I feel that thair parents may have taught them these habits. I belive that you are a product of your enviroment. I teach my kids that the police are good people who want to protect us and help us. They both want to be policemen when they grow up.
  • Hi, L.A.P.D...here's the thing. There are always those people ready to criticize anyone and anything because it suits their character, temperament and mindset. Such people are "whining complainers"..we cannot take them seriously, because if and when they need your protection, they are the ones who yell loudest and longest to get your attention. If you cannot ignore them, then at least realize they are in the minority and are best dismissed and relegated to some dusty corner. Happy Wednesday, m'dear! :)
  • LAPD, I'm sorry to hear you've been given a tough time here. It is so disrespectful, especially when someone puts their life on the line to protect people they don't even know. Our paths haven't crossed in a while, but when they do you are always respectful of others. Thanks for all you do and when I come to LA I know I am safer because you are there doing your job.
  • That's how I normally drive according to this last traffic ticket I got!Lol!
  • I have nothing against police, they are a best friend when in need,If you commit the crime then I guess you should pay the time. I have been stopped maybe 3 times sinse I was a driver and that's years and years ago.lol I got my licenses at 16 and I'm in my middle 50's so I don't think I was too bad,never got any finds just for stupid lights always blowing out on my rattle trap.I have a new car and the same thing happened.However I think you have a job and I'm really glad you do it and you all do it well, without you being there and I'm speaking for all police officers,I know war would be on every street corner,and towns and villages,It's bad enough now as it is.Your certainly welcome on AB,by me and you'll never hear criricize or sarcasm from me.My nephew is a police officer [ just] and I hope he's treated with the upmost respect.I respect all police,don't matter where they are from. have a great night.
  • Not from me. I am glad that there are people willing to defend our laws by enforcing them. Keep up the good work and stay safe.
  • I know exactly what you mean. I can become friends with someone and as soon as they hear that I am going to college to become a police officer its like they change. They watch what they say around me and criticize me for wanting to be a 'snitch' and butting my nose into other peoples business. I dont get it...they hate us when we write them a ticket for reckless driving, yet they beg us to come when they want to kick someone out of their house. I just do not understand society.
  • I'm a criminal justice major so I know exactly what you are talking about. I get really strange looks sometimes when people find out what my major is.
  • Its called the rebellion hellion theory!! Let's see how much we can do and get away with it! And don't let me hear anyone tell me anything. Lack of Respect and Honor!
  • I suppose it is because you are seen as cruel for enforcing laws that are not just or for acting in illegal ways. It is difficult for many to understand that it is your job to enforce the law, not to question its constitutionality, and that you are a human being who makes mistakes and has fears. I don't know a human alive who probably wouldn't profile minorities or pull a gun prematurely. The fact is that IT'S THEIR LIFE ON THE LINE. Pleasantries about ethics and legality are fine for someone to talk about and to make laws about, but there is a big difference between telling someone how to act and actually doing it when your life hangs in the balance. The sarcasm comes from a human desire to be free and the anonymity that the internet affords us. A police officer is necessary in today's society, but is also necessarily contrary to human freedom. I guess you'll just have to learn to live with it.
  • After 20 or so years, you just don't let it bother you.
  • I have been in a lot of trouble with the law and paid the price for it but this does not justify the times I have been kicked, beat, steped on, locked in cell with no toilet or water, hand cuffed to the cell bars above my head so I could not lower my arms or sit or even move my feet without the cuffs cutting into my wrist for hours, not feed, endless lies on reports. It is not police officers job to decide what the repercussions are to many officers are personal offended when someone breaks the law. I hated police for many years. Today I am polite and respectfull to officers but will still do all I can to avoid any contact with them. You are in a proffesion full of coruption and you know this (unless you are in a very uniqe department) and there are repercussions for that also. I intend no offense in this answer

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