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LAPD Officers Told to Be Guardians of Community, Not Crimefighting Warriors

August 21, 2015  | 

The LAPD of the 1970s and '80s acted as a hard-charging force. Officers of that era were trained to think of themselves as soldiers in a never-ending war on crime.

But now the department is using that history as a crucial lesson for its officers.

"We were warriors," Deputy Chief Bill Scott recently told a room filled with LAPD rank-and-file officers, a group of fresh-faced rookies watching from the front, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now, he said, officers need to think of themselves as guardians watching over communities — not warriors cracking down on them.

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Louie Marquez @ 8/22/2015 11:16 AM

You want to be a guardian then you need to be a warrior first.

JJ @ 8/22/2015 12:01 PM

This is the wrong message to tell officers. They really are the only line of defense against tyranny and must be warriors against criminals in order to be the guardians of the community. A soldier against crime is all those things that guard the innocent from the oppressors. Being able to recognize the potential criminal behavior and to yes, "PROFILE" those who don't belong in a neighborhood or place of business is absolutely part of good police work. Sorry to disagree with the new bread of Chief, but I am one of those old soldiers of the 70-80's who kept my community safer by pro-active police work against the criminal elements.

LEO (RET) @ 8/22/2015 12:59 PM

I felt privileged to attend an all day seminar presented by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman in Atlanta about a year ago, he instilled in the approximately 1000 plus LEOs present, that our country is made up of three classes of people: Wolves, Sheep and Sheep Dogs. We are Sheep Dogs, protecting the sheep from the wolves. Sometimes the wolves are disguised as sheep, and it is up to the Sheep Dogs to weed out the wolves from the flock. That takes a Pro-Active mentality to mingle amongst the sheep to weed out the wolves. Well, the innocent sheep don't really like it, but it has to be done to get to the wolves before they get to our sheep. You see, Wolves are predators, preying upon the weak and innocents. Well, Sheep Dogs are predators too, which also scares the hell out of the sheep, but they rest in peace knowing the Sheep Dogs are always watchful for the sheep. Don't be a reactive LEO. Be Pro-Active! We are under attack from the wolves, media, and everything else. Stay Safe Big Blue.

JJG @ 8/22/2015 1:17 PM

It is going to suck working there I am afraid. Glad I am in Texas.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/22/2015 2:33 PM

Boy oh Boy how times do change especially in California!

HRPufnstuf @ 8/22/2015 3:24 PM

Yep, that's what the anarchists want. No proactive policing, just everyone sit around the police officer station until somebody calls. Don't look for the bad guys, just go take some reports after the fact for the insurance companies.

Ima Leprechaun @ 8/23/2015 2:00 PM

We are to the point that Police Officers are no longer needed. The public is better armed then the police and the public is saying they prefer to "self police". I think we need to let them and have them assume the liability of being armed. Individual members of the public once assuming police power, will be able to be individually sued for mistakes, something the public prefers over public service officers. I think everyone should just leave public service and let the public take care of it themselves because as we hear everyday they can do it better. With everyone armed we can go back to the wild west form of justice. Makes sense to me.

Fed Cop @ 8/24/2015 7:11 AM

Ima Leprechaun, you are the most ANTI-COP person I've read in a very long time. You feel that police are interfering with your lifestyle. However, you'll be the first one screaming like a little girl for those dirty, nasty, po-po the first time a thug takes your iPhone, wallet, and car. And BTW, you said the public is better armed than the police. Where do you live? Chicago? Oops, that's illegal. NY?, Oops again, illegal there too. What are you carrying?

S.S. @ 8/24/2015 8:56 AM

Yeah Right! The way that we're being treated now? Look there is a time to be a guardian, and help the ones who want our help or need our help. But we are warriors to those assholes out there who have no regard for human lives!!!

S.S. @ 8/24/2015 8:58 AM

Ima sounds like you need to retire...

Gary Scott @ 9/3/2015 2:33 AM

Reading comments here, so a little thought from a retired LASD Deputy w/ plenty of South Central LA patrol time. The profession has always had a percentage of the public that is sure you are wrong even when you are right, so lets get over that. And you will never be 100% safe during a shift, so lets get over that as well. Since 9-11 the mantra has been to train to enforce laws al la Fallujah, which is very different then before. This has resulted in a greater portion of the good people now taking a dim view of their own local cops. Now comes the well funded political subversive groups banging on a certain lives matter drum, which only drives the fear level higher. Sadly it falls to the Chiefs, Sheriffs and patrol cops to get a handle on perceptions & turn them back around. I can see why Bill Scott's words have you all annoyed, and coming from the raw meat eating LAPD that is a huge change in philosophy. But unless you want even less 'good people' support out there- think it through.

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