Friday, September 14, 2012

What the police know (U.K. addition)

This is culled from a list of answers to a basic question to police officers - they appear to be British officers primarily, but the truths are universal.

What have you learned as a police officer about life and society that most people dont know or underestimate?  (Hat tip: MR)

1.  Take away alcohol and stupid, and the world would require about 90% fewer cops.
2.  The number of homicides where neither the victim nor the perp knew two minutes out that it was about to happen is astounding. (See "alcohol and stupid" above.)

3.  If you get a group of four or five cops together and ask them to name the last time they arrested someone who had never been arrested before, be prepared for a thoughtful silence.
4.  Everyone has a "hot button." Calm and even-tempered as you might be, there is some topic that will set you off, especially if it's referenced to you personally.
5.  Although they may not know it, there are people who find these hot buttons instinctively, and they live to push them.
6.  The likelihood of someone being caught (sans video of their ugly mug on the 6 o'clock news) is a factorial of the number of people involved and the size of their mouths. Most just cannot SHUT-UP. We don't need force to make em talk, most of the time, they won't shut-up! You have the right to remain silent...PLEASE!
7.  Never say, "Now I've seen it all." There will always be innovators.
8.  High-speed chases look like fun because they are.
I have found that item 5 explains many of the abuses of power in the workplace.  Normal, well balanced people, uncommone as they may be, have a hard time understanding that some people just like to mess with other people.


Anonymous said...

the people mentioned in item 5 are sociopaths 9 times out of ten. they are more numerous than most of us think. almost every office has one. they usually end by smelling like a rose while cunningly making it look like the other guy messed up.

russell1200 said...

Anon: YOu make a good point. My problem with going that far is that there are so many people who do a little of this (teasing is a form of this) that the definition of sociopath gets watered down to being anyone who is mean.

kymber said...

Russell - the people referred to in number 5 scare the living beejeezuz out of me. i have encountered them in every walk of life, at every school, at every job - it is amazing how many of them are out there. my very Christian fundamentalist friend, who i call Uncle, says it all goes back to two seeds. i didn't like it when he would talk like that at first...i didn't want to believe it. but it has been my life experience that there are indeed 2 seeds. i have been trying to stay away from the number 5's for the last several years. interesting personal experience - cities have more number 5's than rural areas.

your friend,

PioneerPreppy said...

Number 3 means little these days. Even my now deceased grandfather was arrested at almost 85 tears old. For a parking ticket. I myself have been arrested once as well and I have never willing violated a law (other than traffic) that I knew of anyway.

These days almost everything is illegal and most of them are felonies to boot.

russell1200 said...

kymber: They can very stressful. But it is a matter of degrees. I tend to dislike the slimy power hungry types more myself. For a while, I had a boss that combined both traights: that was fun.

Pioneer: In general I think your right- although it is often a jurisdictional issue. Some places look a little harder for their criminals than others. And of course for everyone who gets arrested once, there are a whole pile of people who regularly associate with officers of the law.

In my neck of the woods, based on the mug shots, the most common first offenders are likely the young ladies caught shoplifting, and the highschool kids who sell dope to their friends.