What's the first word or sensation that pops into your head when you hear the word "police"? Pig? Sounds and smells of bacon crackling on the big black wooden cook stove? Fear? Anger? |
I thought as I got to college that people would be more accepting of the fact that this society has laws, and laws need to be enforced. I myself break them with regularity, but that doesn't mean I regard the enforcers of said laws with silly prejudices. Still, every time I'm in a car with my friends, calls of Five-O, Po-po, and "I smell Bacon!" fill the air whenever a cruiser is sighted. All I've ever wanted to be is a cop, but is this what I have to look forward to? Hostility and suspicion? Most cops are good guys, trying to make a living doing what they believe in. How many people do you know would willingly place themselves between you and whatever chaos holds for us when the laws of civilization fail?
I personally believe that cops are heroes. For every story of some crooked cop who flouts the laws and gets away with it, there's a story of some police officer braving fire (fire not like wood fire, but under fire) to save some kid, or putting a murderer behind bars. This is a rough world we live in, and I feel like no one appreciates them. Yes, there are chickenshit laws, and yes they have to enforce them. I doubt that's why they feel they're there. I don't want to be a cop to arrest people who grow or smoke pot. But in order to maintain the myth of Lady Justice, Impartiality, police are forced to enforce laws not as they see fit (though they do have a little leeway) but as they are written. Try not to see your own prejudices and the bad side. Try to remember the good they do the next time you see a cruiser.