She walks into the police station, pregnant, and with two children in tow. Her face is swollen, her hair matted with blood. In an enraged voice she tells the police that she is tired of being beaten, wants her boyfriend arrested, and promises to prosecute this time. Although they have heard all of this five times before, the police nevertheless take pictures and her statement, suspecting all along that the case will never see the inside of a courtroom.
Does honesty apply to a department, or can a department retain its bragging rights? Does it apply when it comes to sharing a full exchange of all information? I think it should.
Every year officers are disarmed and murdered with their own weapons. It only makes sense to always carry while off duty and to always carry a back-up weapon while on duty.
The costs and consequences of crime can be measured in different ways. When measured in dollar amounts, for example, crime costs more than 100 billion dollars annually for lost property, medical bills, and work absenteeism. These costs are tangible measures of the heavy toll that crime exacts on our country's residents.
Take the time to nurture your loved ones. They need you more than "the job" does.