I continue to see those that denigrate the Police for their actions and tactics that were employed during the manhunt in Boston and Watertown. Those people are totally out of line in those denigrations. In other words; they are talking out of their asses!
Boston bombings: 6 things Cops know that most Americans don’t
Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.
I do not want to be counted among the journalists who — in the necessary chatter of avoiding dead air — weave a thousand speculative stories. But in the wake of the events in Boston last week, here are some observations I offer after nearly four decades in the business.
1.) There is evil in the world.
We can scramble for meaning and theories and existential answers but you don’t have to be a believer in the supernatural to see that some people just want to kill and destroy. Many commentators and reporters centered on the theme of why a person everyone describes as a nice, normal guy could do this.
Study it all you want my friends. No one is immune from the influence of wickedness.
2.) This is why we have seen the militarization of the police.
This week’s events will not silence those who say that SWAT tactics and “military grade weapons” are not appropriate for civilian policing, but it will mute them for a while.
Guess what: you want us to deal with bombers and mass murder? Then give us those tools.
3.) Facts and theories are golden. Conjecture is foolishness.
We don’t try to keep the public in the dark. We just can’t play “expert commentator” and throw out a bunch of possible scenarios.
We deal in evidence. Facts. Rational probabilities.
Trust us and don’t blame us for silence or misinformation. We’ll tell you what is appropriate to be shared at an appropriate time.
4.) Cops are not omniscient or omnipresent. We work within the laws of physics.
The cheers after Tsarnaev’s arrest were preceded by impatient questions of how he had gotten away from “all those cops.”
If we could recruit officers with psychic powers we would.
5.) The applause will fade.
We’ll bask in appreciation while we can, but the next police officer who is murdered will not make CNN headlines.
Jesus was welcomed with shouts of adoration not many days before the crowds turned and called for his crucifixion.
Maybe you won’t forget, but you probably will.
6.) This is what we face every day. Every. Day.
Shootouts with murderers? Well, not many of us have, but all of us are standing in line and ready for it.
You can say, “I’m out of harm’s way because I’m not in a war zone” but if shooters and bombers have taught us anything it is that they can strike anywhere, anytime.
I can’t think of any warrior cop that I know that would have hesitated one minute to go to Boston if called or who thinks that kind of thing couldn’t happen in their patrol area. SOURCE
There are those in this nation that have never fired a gun, have never been in a fight and have never put their lives on the line. They seem to be the ones that are making the most noise about SWAT and military tactics used by our Police officers.
I personally know of a few individuals that have been through a Civilian Police Training class or 2 and suddenly they are experts on how Police operations and tactics needs to be employed. These are some folks that I am convinced are talking out of their asses too.
If you’ve never carried a gun for a living, worn a badge, if you’ve never been a Law Enforcement professional, if you’ve never been a soldier in combat so intense that you felt the breeze of the bullets that flew by you, YOU have NO idea what our Law Enforcement professionals are up against.
Get a clue, get POST or TCLEOSE certified, get commissioned, go to FBI Counter Terrorism, Counter Intelligence and Counter Terrorism school. Get you some REAL training in SWAT tactics and Spec/Ops procedures, then come talk to me and MY friends about the combat gear, the weapons, the vehicles, the armor and the tactics that are used in an everyday setting. Come put YOUR ass on the line for low pay and an unappreciative public that, for the most part, doesn’t give a damn what YOU feel or who YOU are.
If you haven’t done that, shut your damned mouth and let the professionals take care of business and protect your ignorant ass.