Monday, May 2, 2011
AN INSIDE VIEW
Important to me is that people understand police culture; the semi-militaristic bent of police work. Cops find family in each other; its a brotherhood and sisterhood; a bonding that doesn't happen in most ordinary jobs because your desk mate will probably never be called upon to be your back up in a life or death situation. To each other they offer an understanding of the stresses of the job they've taken; they share a humor only understood by other cops; sometimes macabre, sometimes hilariously human. And, they know the job they do isn't perfect, as they deal with contrary laws, and angry humans set in an adversarial role as society expects cops to punish, incarcerate, deprive, protect and sometimes even kill for the public good.
And, no matter what precautions you take, an inmate can always fashion a deadly weapon, be it a broken CD wrapped in fabric, a magazine rolled into a sock, a sharpened toothbrush, comb, or deadly stem from someone's eyeglasses.
The cops confiscate hundreds of these weapons and take them away, along with gang identifications as in these belt buckles-
Its just a glimpse, a bit of an inside view.
I always enjoy the camaraderie of cops, unique people who have unique lives because of their chosen occupation.