Police Officers Want Everyone To Know These Things About Their Jobs

In this age of information, scrutiny of the police seems to have reached an all-time high. Since news and videos often seem to show negative police events, it can be easy to forget that these are the same people who committed to serve and protect the public.

Police aren’t blind to this increased attention, and there are some key things they want the public to know. From protocols to industry failures to a desire for change, here’s what police officers wish people knew about their jobs.

They Are Well Aware Of The Anti-Police Climate We’re In

A police officer sits on a scooter in Times Square on November 05, 2019 in New York City.
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Lieutenant Bob Kroll told Reader’s Digest that fewer people want to become officers because of the scrutiny they face. And according to an Iowa state trooper, officers receive more threats than they used to.

Officer Jay Stalien recalled a time when he pulled over a woman, and she drove an extra two blocks before stopping. When questioned about it, she said she wanted to make sure she was in a well-lit space for safety. It dawned on Stalien that some view police officers as the bad guys now.