In Britain they’re fast tracking university grads to become police detectives in just 12 months. This is an awful idea. It takes years to become a doctor or lawyer because if they screw up it could ruin or end someone’s life. You need a thorough knowledge of medicine or the law. They can be disbarred or have their medical licenses taken away. Police have weapons and arguably the most power over people’s lives and their profession takes less than half the time to qualify for than a law degree. They could use that extra time to study the law, how to deal with the mentally ill, how to properly diffuse a situation. We’d have less police, sure, but they send two cruisers just for suspicion up here. It doesn’t take four armed officers to bust a stoner.
They could spend that extra time learning more about serial killers, rapists, murders and organized crime as well as physical activity. The tuition could help pay for the police budget. Why does it take seven years and an exam to practice law but only a year’s training to enforce it? Instead we have ignorant, lazy and vicious police officers that act more like paramilitary thugs than protectors of the innocent. They should definitely have classes on racism and race relations. The problem with cops is they don’t care if they break the law, they shoot black children and get “suspended with pay.” Its basically a paid vacation and then they’re back. Every time you use violence it gets easier from a moral standpoint. Cops use unnecessary excessive force and become desensitized. They start to see criminals, “the enemy” as less than human, racism plays a huge part of this.
Poverty breeds crime. Eliminate poverty and you eliminate most criminal activities. If a guy can’t find a job, has no house and no chance of economic improvement in the mainstream society then he will turn to break and enters and muggings, if drug addicts could afford their habit and have easier access to treatment facilities they wouldn’t need to steal hand sanitizer and drink it.
Instead of focusing on petty crimes like drug possession or theft under $1000 the police should seek the root causes. Prisons are crowded with mentally ill and otherwise homeless people. It costs the taxpayers $100,000 a year to keep someone in prison, this doesn’t include the huge legal fees the government must pay so they can employ judges and prosecutors. This money could be spent on police reform and tackling serious crimes, like gangs, mass murderers, rapists, abusers, pedophiles and serial killers.
Focusing on the people who sell drugs to pay for their own habits and even the people that buy them, while their supplier just replaces them is a huge waste of time and money. Violent crime and sexual abuse need to take priority over noise complaints and kids in trouble for smoking weed. That criminal record can impact their future employment, leading to poverty which circles back to crime.
We don’t need an militarized police force that protects property over people and has incredibly low hiring standards considering that they are able to use and abuse lethal and non-lethal weapons. The public fear them but don’t respect them. They are corrupt, many break the law consistently and they often take out their anger on whomever is unlucky enough to fall into their hands.
So fire the lowest level of cops. Retain those with ten years experience or specialized training in forensics. Fire the enforcers and raise the requirement to seven years university education. Personal and psychological reviews should be mandatory every six months to a year. Internal affairs must be replaced and they must purge the ranks of excessively violent or racist police. They must be ruthless and independent from mainstream law enforcement.
If their job is so serious that people could die then they need to keep their standards high when selecting officers. As they swear to uphold the law they should be punished more severely than civilians for breaking it. They must sign an agreement allowing for increased penalties to acknowledge that with their privileges come responsibilities. The current system is insular, they protect their own and function just like an organized crime group. They don’t punish their fellow officers even if they empty their guns into mentally ill teens or little black kids.
With seven years of education and a job on the line, as well as increased sentencing for breaking laws they swore to enforce they would be less likely to abuse their positions. The amount of time and effort they put in to become officers will weed out those who are joining for a salary and benefits or because they want to feel more powerful carrying a gun from the ones that are genuinely devoted to protecting and serving the public. It can be paid for with the money saved from our currently overtaxed legal system, and tuition could either fund the police or be free.
We’d have less officers, and we’d have to increase their salary to one fit for people who put their lives on the line in defence of the state. In my opinion one excellently trained and intelligent officer is worth more than five cops that don’t even understand the laws they arbitrarily enforce just to get off on beating some homeless hippy kid. Right now we have a surplus of officers that cause more death, more crime, more pain and more suffering than most petty criminals do. Most addicts and muggers haven’t even fired a gun, but they are treated with contempt by a state sanctioned organization that murders and oppresses the poor and the vulnerable.
No one trusts the police anymore. They don’t have neighbourhood cops anymore and rotate out of an area every two years which is not enough time for them to know the community. Reports of police brutality occur almost daily now, often supported by video evidence. The current organization is not effective and its hands are stained with blood. We need police reform worldwide, though this mainly describes the U.S. and Canada.
It should take just as much time to gain the ability to take a life as it does to save them. With such short training they often panic and more people are killed by police bullets than terrorists each year in North America. Who is the real enemy? The one over the sea or the cop who empties his clip, killing or paralyzing bystanders, even children. They might be trained in how to use a weapon, but what they don’t learn is when to use them. We both literally and figuratively pay the price. More police won’t help the situation but better trained and educated cops will.