16 September 2011

I Deserved That

In this post I took a swipe at one of the good guys just to see if he was awake.

He was.

And now it's time for me to walk it back some.

I don't have the temperament to be in law enforcement. I know that about myself.  I don't have the patience to deal with people as a general rule, and that's one of the several reasons I didn't take up the offer to join one of the countless police forces across the country when I retired from the Navy.

I'm better off dealing with machines. Machines are predictable and they follow the script, and when they don't you can figure out whats wrong, fix it, and they're back on point. People, not so much.

Most of us are going to have very little interaction with the police, and for the most part when we do it is going to be the mark of a bad day.  That means that usually the guys (and gals, can't forget them) in blue don't get to see us at our best.

Just like all of us have bad days, they are human, too, and they have bad days as well.  It's the bad days that get caught on tape and put on the news.

Yes, there are bad cops out there, but for the most part I believe that the men and women who are out there answering the call are good people. We never hear about them because we aren't likely to comment on a positive interaction, only on the negative ones.

So here's to the good guys. Thanks for being there.

(And besides being one of the good guys, Wyatt has excellent taste.)


Wyatt Earp said...

Didn't mean to go off like that, but if I had a nickel for every time I got lumped in with the toads if my department, I could retire.

There are bad cops in my department. A lot of them. I write about them - with glee - all the time. Unfortunately, they make it more difficult for the rest of us, just as the bad eggs in the military make it difficult for the good ones.

And for the record, I've been on the job for 17 years, and have had one complaint filed against me. I was cleared by IAD. Doesn't make me a great detective or a "hero," but it does make me better than the toads.

Larry said...

Yep, the bad apples spoil the barrel, that's for sure.
Thanks for being one of the good guys. Maybe some of the young pups can learn from your example instead of from the toads. One can hope at least.
Thanks for dropping by Wyatt!