Policing America is getting tough

Applications to become a police officer in the United States have decreased in the following years. According to U.S. Department of Justice, police employment statistics in the United States show a definite decline.

Back in 2011, officer employment was approximately up to 3.53 officers per one thousand of the total population, but in the following year of 2012, officer employment went down to 3.43 per one thousand of the total population.

This means we are short 20,000 officers in one year.

The police officers’ job is rapidly changing.

In the past, police had lenient policies and had respect from the public, but these days, it’s a different story.

“When I first started as a police officer in 1995, police officers were respected by children and adults alike,” said  Officer Jason Roberts, of Little Rock Police Department.  “Both spoke to officers with respect. Now days, parents teach their children to be disrespectful to all authority, it makes my job much harder. Children grow up to be adults and teach their children the same bad habits.”

Some people think that the police are tough as stone, but that is not always true. The police are people too, they go through every-day struggles just like the rest of us. They don’t just exist to ticket us, they exist to protect us.

Police officers’ jobs are also more difficult because of the threat of a lawsuit against them.

“Police work is getting harder these days due to lawmakers not keeping up with current trends,” said Officer Roberts. “Laws and punishments need to fit the crimes. The officers are there catching the bad guys, but the bad guys aren’t being held for their crimes and punished properly. Therefore they’re back in society relatively quick.”

Their job seems to be the toughest job in the world. That may be the mind-set, but their job is easy in certain areas.

Photo attributed to Ben Rooney from CNN

Technology is a double-edged sword for officers. It can help them and make things easier for them to track people down, prosecution, and public safety. It can also be distracting because criminals use it too for nefarious purposes.

“There are numerous new advances in technology for law-enforcement like advanced night vision, hidden pole cameras in high crime areas, advanced secondary use of force weapons such as tasers, beanbag rounds, and pepper spray, “ said Officer Roberts.

New technology allows officers to handle crime more efficiently, and to help officers stay safe with systems like the ALPR, which helps them see information before ever coming face to face with a person. In the blink of an eye, officers can see everything related to a particular vehicle, including the driver’s license.

It is not all bad news in becoming a modern American police officer.

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