Law Enforcement officers continuously face an audience that is less than supportive, and many believe that it is time for a change. The question, here, is, “Who changes?” Many believe that it should be Law Enforcement, but that is not necessarily the case.

Anti-Law Enforcement sentiment is not new. It is a recurring theme in criminal justice which has been studied extensively. When Law Enforcement experiences a lack of support, it is usually they who are forced to change. Once the change takes place, the level of support increases, and eventually the tide shifts. However, current situations may not be so clear, and solutions may not be easily achieved.

Historically, societies have developed anti-Law Enforcement sentiments due to widespread behavior that was shocking to people or demonstrated illegal behavior participated in by officers, such as union busting, deeply rooted corruption, and racial profiling. In cases like these, changes came about in the form of training standards, increased oversight, and eventual prosecution of officers involved. Once these changes became noticeable to citizens, public opinion gradually shifted for the better. However, today’s sentiment is not due to illegal or immoral actions by the police, but from the police doing their job of enforcing the laws as they are written. The hatred is misplaced, and misinformed rants by those who do not understand the situation, or simply do not want to be told what to do. Given the overall distrust of government, the police are thus presented an easy target.

So, what can be done?

One option is for Law Enforcement to change once again. Those changes may include the removal of necessary tools, options of forced compliance, or legalization of widely accepted illegal activity. It may go so far as complete demobilization of law enforcement. It may be possible that many people will only be satisfied when Law Enforcement ceases to exist as we know it today.

Such radical changes in Law Enforcement are not a realistic solution. Many may believe that society would be better off without police. If that were possible, the police would have been disbanded long ago. If Law Enforcement were to disappear, our society would not suddenly become a peaceful, law-abiding mix of peoples from a variety of cultures & systems of belief. That is a Christmas time Coke commercial and not real life.

What I believe needs to change is the voice which is being heard. I do not believe that most people buy into what is fed to them by the media each day daily. I find it hard to understand that most of us would believe that police are targeting minorities, waiting for an opportunity to shoot an innocent person or want to arrest anyone who they know is innocent of the crime of which they were accused. I do believe that most people want to feel safe while going about their daily lives and want the laws to be enforced fairly and justly. I do not believe that the true majority is being heard, and never will be if they are not willing to replace those who are currently the figureheads of our society. We need to act and elect officials who do not bow to loud, yet overwhelmingly inaccurate, thugs who assert their biased opinions on society. We need to take back our society.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
Tom Burrell

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