So is it still to serve and protect?
Unfortunately for the citizens, it would appear that this phrase is no longer the fundamental purpose for law enforcement. Well, at least not in the same understanding as it once was.
The intense proliferation of greed and narcissism has led to the a general social conception that our principles now must be “reinterpreted”.
I don’t agree with this ideology, but then again I’m not partial to greed, power, or corruption. “Reinterpreting” declarations that have long existed and have already been understood and defined, is the hallmark of “corruption”.
It is this method that allows those who are driven by greed, power, and corruption, to “justify” to themselves and others the need for “change”. Of course they only want to condone the “change” that they themselves define as “progressive”.
So the corruption grows, the message of change spreads, and those that are gaining power declare their success as “progress”.
And yet the majority are forced to exist in a perpetual state of decline. Social freedoms are eliminated. Quality of life is diminished. And the moral of the general public is destroyed.
All for the promise of “safety”. All in the guise a better “future”. All for the hope of “happiness”.
After all we must protect the children. We must ensure that future generations are better off than we are. Its our responsibility to ensure the “progress” of the new age.
They give us words to appease our emotions, while their actions destroy our lives.
And once this direction has been chosen, the chain reaction begins. This philosophy beings to trickle down as each individual attempts to obtain their OWN little piece of the pie before its handed down to the next.
To Serve and Protect. Originally a motto that reference an obligation to the public, is “reinterpreted” to mean on obligation to ones “superior officer”.
We see laws being passed such as “Seat Belt Laws“, “Helmet Laws”, or “Glutton Laws (No Big Gulp, No Super Sized), that are DIRECT VIOLATIONS of PERSONAL RIGHTS, and have little or NOTHING to do with public safety.
Law such as this that try and convince you that you need to be saved from YOU OWN CHOICES.
Then we see rabid “manipulation” of laws, such as “Changing the speed limit every 3 blocks to elicit speeding”, or “Indecently Exposed meaning you were changing your closes in you bedroom and someone looked through your window”.
The public that was once under the protection of the promise to “Serve and Protect” now lives in fear, as “law enforcement” has now promised only to “Serve and Protect” their “supervisor” and the bottom line.
If law enforcement was still provided for the benefit of the public, why is it that members of the public do not feel “safe” when a law enforcement officer is around?
The general public becomes tense, and cautious, we live in a state of fear. We no longer know whether our actions are going to elicit some “reprimand”, “fine”, or “detainment”.
The question becomes, Who is REALLY the criminal. The “public” for living their every day lives, and are effecting no other individuals pursuit of their own? Or the “officers” whom roam around looking for reasons to “charge” us with a “violation” so they can “serve and protect” their “supervisors” desire for “revenue enhancement”?
Where has gone the times when you could look to your law enforcement officers for assistance, and support? Now we do what we can to avoid them.
They tell us that if we weren’t doing anything “wrong” we would have nothing to fear.
All the while “charging” us for futile, vague, or petty “infractions”, such as; “Jay Walking“, “Improperly Fastened License Plate”, or “Public Loitering”.
And then tell us its our own fault for committing a “crime”.
And every year we have to listen to them beg, plead, and demand, that their “budget” be increased so that they will have a better chance at “controlling crime”.
The “budget” mind you that is paid by the public, so that we can subsidize the proliferation of officers, charging the very public that pays them, more fines, to increase revenue.
To my opinion it is exorbitantly obvious that their are vastly more “violent” crimes, and “intrusive” crimes, being committed that should be given their primary attention.
Are there such an abundant number of law enforcement officers available that they can roam around charging essentially “normal” individuals for petty “infractions”, simply for revenue enhancement?
If that is the case, then quite honestly, their “budget” is FAR more than is required, and the NUMBER of officers is VASTLY greater than is needed.
I’m estimating that one officer cost about $25,000 a year. However, a gun cost a one time charge of $600. I think I see some cost savings here.
But then again, if law enforcement officers were still willing to identify the “PUBLIC” as those whom they are to “Protect and Serve” I’d be a LOT more willing to justify the “extra” cost.
There is really no way to place a price on the feeling of safety that we SHOULD feel when an officer is around. There is little ability to describe the satisfaction that SHOULD be felt when we can rely on the assistance of an officer. And the benefits on the morality of the people when we SHOULD be able to depend on the support of an officer, is immeasurable.
So, the responsibility, falls to law enforcement. Will you choose to “Serve and Protect” the public? Or will we continue down this road of “Serve and Protect” you “supervisor”?
To law enforcement I extend this challenge.
Give us back our reason to believe. Make us proud. Restore our faith.
Remember, When seconds count, calling for backup will take minutes.
The public is only seconds away.
Protect US and we will protect YOU.
Respect US and we will respect YOU.