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rob @ 12/18/2014 6:37 PM

How long was the "expert" author employed as an officer, and did he leave because it is easier to be a expert? If he completed 20 years I may be more inclined to listen; however, if he did a year so that he can claim to be a officer then I call b.s.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/18/2014 10:14 PM

Unfortunately, the "expert" is never identified in the originating article from the TheAtlantic.com. Quality training is always good and the article contained sound ideas. It is really hard to un-train a badly trained Officer. I found when I was in the field under stress I did exactly what I was told in basic training and that is the ideal place to make an impression on a recruit for life. I thank God I had great intelligent level headed instructors. Ongoing training throughout a career is helpful to those of us that listen to it. I was fortunate to have excellent in-service training and instructors throughout my career.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/18/2014 10:30 PM

The article was written by a Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina but it never mentions the length of service or his qualifications but there was nothing wrong with his ideals. To many Officers start at the top of the use of force pyramid upon initial contact and nobody seems to just talk to anybody anymore. And yes, there are exceptions on both sides but I see a lot of Officers create their own problems with their attitude when they really don't need to. And a lot of Agencies tend not to be good neighbors because of the Us vs Them mentality. Just treat everyone the way you would like to be treated and that alone resolves a lot of problems. People we have contact with remember when you are decent to them and they do respond to that and are easier to deal with in the future. If someone is shouting at you, you whisper back. Eventually they will stop screaming because they can't hear what you are saying, we have plenty of time and some people just need to vent, why is that so hard to grasp?

#1898 @ 12/19/2014 2:39 AM

Last reply was Spot on! "Treat people the way you would want to be treated!" that reply is way more accurate than the others in my estimation. I have over 23 years of Law enforcement experience in the Washington, D.C. area. My department is over 1,500 sworn. The problems we have stem from the lack of continual training (coupled with the "entitlement upbringing") the civilian side has the same issues. Communication and being able to process "what is going on" is they key! All Lives matter, let's do our part? Everyone can be a civilian, not everyone can be a Police Officer?!

Tom Osrrosky @ 12/19/2014 4:25 PM

It's easy to be a "Monday morning Quarterback! It is unfair to second guess police officers use of force. The author is a law school professor and not a street cop. I appreciate law enforcement keeping us safe. Police are constantly criticized and second guessed but they must react in a very short time. Thanks to all who wear the badge!

nff251 @ 12/23/2014 8:15 AM

he was a police officer in Tallahassee for 5 years

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