The Tide Always Turns

Sometimes the best way to deal with an adverse or unpleasant situation is to simply accept it and push through. This can be applied to a difficult call, unpleasant assignment or even the negative attitude faced by many LEOs. The good news is every call is eventually closed, every assignment completed and even negative attitudes change. You just need to see your way through until the tide turns.

There is no way around it; the current attitude towards law enforcement is negative to say the least. I know that it is actually a small percentage of Americans who “hate” law enforcement and that the majority of those we protect and serve are truly grateful – when they think about it. Unfortunately, that minority is both vocal and active – meaning they not only appear to represent more than they actually do but they also receive almost-daily press coverage for their activities. Of course it doesn’t hurt than many in the media are sympathetic, if not outright supportive, of much of the anti-police rhetoric.

police-tideEach day I see a social media post from LEOs blasting the latest anti-police stunt, march or interview. Like clockwork, there are scores of fellow officers calling for a boycott, request for apology or retraction. While I too find these negative condemnations of the profession I have committed my life to troubling, I have also realized they are not worth losing sleep over and rarely worthy of a response. Some of you are probably wondering how I can ignore these attacks. My answer is simple – I have decided they do not matter! Yes, some of them hit close to home and some cause my blood to boil, but most are nothing more than publicity stunts designed to garner attention and others are generally ill informed haters looking for someone to blame. Neither group is worthy of my attention and doing so would mean that on some level they had won.

Before you dismiss my advice as impossible, consider the fact that you already do the exact same thing each and every day. You joke about the body you discovered to keep from breaking down. You refrain from letting the mouthy suspect get under your skin. You give a dutiful “Yes, sir” when given an unpleasant order or assignment. Then later on, probably when surrounded by fellow officers at an off duty watering hole, you get it off your chest and move on. You can and should do the same thing when it comes to the anti-police atmosphere.

Don’t worry; you will not need to keep things bottled up forever. Right now law enforcement is at a low, which seems even lower than ever after riding a tide of support following 9/11. But, just as 9/11 resulted in an extremely high level of support following an up and down level of support following the 1960 race tensions, the current situation has resulted in an extreme low. Eventually, the tide will turn and the support will climb back towards normal. It’s happened before and it will happen again; it’s a cycle many have seen before and others will see again.

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 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.
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