A letter is making the rounds on social media today for its rebuke of the American culture toward police officers. The letter – “All In: The Future of Law Enforcement” – was written anonymously by someone claiming to be a decorated Army vet and a law enforcement officer. The letter says the officer “served in the United States Army, was trained at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School In Fort Bragg, deployed to Afghanistan and exchanged small arms fire with the Mujahideen.”
One police officer has had enough. Pens anonymous letter: pic.twitter.com/yNESWCUxdW
— Reasonable Officer Poso (@JackPosobiec) April 19, 2021
The officer – who claims to be a “decorated” officer with “an excellent career” – takes credit for writing the famous Shopping Cart Theory. The author of the theory asserts that whether or not you put your shopping cart back is “the ultimate litmus test for whether a person is capable of self-governing.”
The author reasoned that returning a shopping cart is easy and barring any “act of God” the cart user is always capable of returning the cart, “A person who is unable to do this is no better than an animal, an absolute savage who can only be made to do what is right by threatening them with a law and the force that stands behind it. The Shopping Cart is what determines whether a person is a good or bad member of society.”
The officer wrote that his “outstanding reputation” from a “career of national and public service culminated in [them] being offered the prestigious position of Traffic Officer.” The cushy position came with a six-figure income, BMW police motorcycle and specialty motorcycle driving training.
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The letter says, “I turned down the offer. I quit. In the wake of the hundred of so calls and texts from coworkers congratulating and bemoaning the loss of a Good Cop, I assess my decision as my final shit approaches.” The officer wrote that “the writing on the wall becomes clearer every day. The Job has been murdered. Stabbed to death on a call. Bleeding out waiting for backup that is not coming.”
“The training and work demands foisted onto Officers are incredible,” the officer writes. It takes three years from the date if application to “hopefully having a competent officer” on the street according to the officer. They claim that after the hiring freezes during the Obama years deparments all around the nation are having staffing issues.
The letter pointed out that “an Officer who decided they want out can be gone in as little as half a day. The increase in academy class sizez necessary to stem this hemorrhaging manpower would be massive and beyond the capabilities of almost every department in the country.”
From the Letter:
“Every traffic stop, every call for service, every second an Officer is wearing the uniform they are taking all their chips, their home, their car, their family they have, and they are putting it on the poker table. They are going all in. Every single hand. Playing what they are dealt. Over and over and over. From day one on the street until they cash out. If by some miracle they make it to retirement what is their typical reward? Death by heart disease at age 57.
A department which does not care about the Officer in the slightest and will gladly sacrifice them for “the bigger picture”? The Public? Their opinion of Officers change with the wind if it was ever positive to begin with. How can anyone with concrete concerns for the welfare of themselves and their family rationally decide to risk these precious things for the nebulous idea of the good of a largely uncaring mass of strangers?
My advice to my fellow Officers is simple: The best thing you can do to take care of yourself and your family is to walk away form the table before the dealer decides to clean you out. If you have the skillset to be successful in this profession you will be successful outside of it. You will have as much or greater security for your family than whatever you are gambling with in an environment of self-destructive risk. Get out of the Job before you die trying to arrest some criminal the County Prosecutor was never going to file charges on anyway and the Public does not want you “harassing” to begin with. How long are you going to stand inside a Police Station that is burning down around you? How long are you going to put your life and family second for the people just watching it burn? Some of them are even holding the matches.
ARTICLE SOURCE : thefederalistpapers.org