Violence against police

With police work being harder than before, how can police perform their jobs if their being fought constantly, in fact according to Pew Research Center, 93% of officers are concerned for their safety and 72% say they have become less willing to stop and question people who look suspicious. If 72% of officers are unwilling to search possible criminals they are not keeping the world safe because 93% are considered of getting hurt or dying. Also according to Pew Research Center, “Officers say their colleagues worry more about their personal safety – a level of concern recorded even before a total of eight officers died in separate ambush-style attacks in Dallas and Baton Rouge last July.” Police are more concerned about being safe because of the way society is treating them. The truth is when citizens are disrespecting police and trying to hurt then officers can't perform their jobs correctly.

With anti-police protests and fights against law enforcement, it seems today people don't respect police any more. According to Rich Moren a professional demographics and social trends writer, “Groups are asked whether the public understands the risks and rewards of police work, fully eight-in-ten (83%) of the public say they do, while 86% of police say they don’t.” Citizens say that they understand what it's like to be a police officer but officers say that they don't know what it's like to be an officer. Also according to odyssey, “They risk their lives every day and go out of their way to protect strangers. And how do we repay or thank them? By rioting, putting their lives in danger, badmouthing them and disrespecting them and their profession.” In today's society people don't respect police anymore as back in the old days and are protesting against people who keep this country safe. Every day they put on that uniform and protect at any cost knowing they could not come home, supporting and staying on there side is the right thing to do.

Police stories have been all over the news lately but most have been a positive and negative point of view on police, but how does it affect them? According to the law enforcement bulletin,“The power of the Internet—social media in particular—has brought danger home to officers and their families.” The media puts a point of view towards the police that could make people respect or disrespect the police. Also according to the law enforcement bulletin “Police often are surrounded by cameras and amateur reporters who broadcast every action and their opinion of it to a worldwide audience.” this could make the police feel paranoid of all the media surrounding them all the time and could make them perform their job better or worse. In all the media is putting a negative view on police which is making it harder to perform their jobs.

With police deaths being at a high rate will there be people willing to replace fallen police. According to the Huffington post, “Pretty soon, police departments nationwide will have to lower their hiring standards, increase salaries and benefits, and put a lot more money into marketing for new hires.” with lowering the employment standards more people will be able to join the force and will be financially stable. Also according to the Huffington post “The profession that was so revered after 9/11 has instead become itself the target of hate.” if people are starting to “hate” police officers than the repetition of them will decrease and will not be able to hire more officers. In all if they lower the hiring standards and increase salaries then there could be more officers.

For police to stay safe they are taught through training to arrest a dangerous criminal without being hurt or killed. According to the atlantic “They are told that the primary culprit isn’t the felon on the video, it is the officer’s lack of vigilance.” they are told that they need to be more vigilant in order to be safe. Also according to the atlantic “So officers are trained to shoot before a threat is fully realized, to not wait until the last minute because the last minute may be too late.” they are also told that you need to be ready to shoot first before it is too late. In all, these are just some of the training they are taught to keep them more safe when they are on duty

Glossary

Felon: a person who committed a crime, typically one involving violence, regarded as more serious than a misdemeanor, and usually punishable by imprisonment for more than one year or by death.

financially stable: a reasonably secure job with a comfortable income and some money put away each month as an investment toward retirement.

enforcement: the act of compelling observance of or compliance with a law, rule, or obligation.

ambush: a surprise attack by people lying in wait in a concealed position.

demographics: statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it.

protesting: express an objection to what someone has said or done.

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