Monday, December 06, 2004

It Could Happen To Any Of Us

At the beginning of this week, I noticed that all of the Columbus Police Departments cruisers had a black stripe on the side of the car. I just found out that the black stripe on the side of the car represents the death of one of their fellow officers, Melissa Foster. She was killed Saturday in the line of duty when she was responding to a call and a pick up truck, that was traveling the other way, crossed over the center line and struck her head on. The guy in the truck was intoxicated and was believed to have been speeding to try and avoid another cop. This cop was just minding her own business when all of a sudden she was hit and was killed. This doesn't only happen when your involved in police work, but this could happen to anyone. That is why its important to always wear your seatbelt and drive defensively. It also doesn't pay to drink and drive because then you can get yourself into a lot of trouble. My grief goes out to the officer and her family.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Surprising Discovery

It makes me sick to my stomach when i see on the television about how girls that aren't even in high school yet are out on the street selling their body for money. In San Diego the city police department was doing a "truancy sweep" for kids that were skipping high school and middle school and made a disturbing discovery. They found out that girls, some only in middle school, were being recruited into gangs to be used as prostitutes. The gangs would draw the girls in by promising them riches. I think their is a big problem of underage prostitution and it is getting worse. The San Diego police department picked up 184 underage girls last year who were being used as prostitutes. Whenever I hear about this it makes me think about if the girls were my own sisters or daughters and it bothers me. Therefore I think it is critical to convince young kids to stay in school, that way they get a good education and aren't out on the streets getting into trouble.

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Don't Let It Stop You

Many people think that being a police officer is for the well-educated, in shape, and must have nothing physically wrong with them. I too used to think that a person who is crippled can not perform a police officer's duty. Until i saw the other day on the show Cops and officer who had his right leg amputated because of a gun accident when he was a kid. He was able to do what any officer can do and even chased down a suspect on foot and caught him. You always hear people saying that just because you might have a disability it doesn't mean that you should give up on your ambitions in life. Seeing that officer do police work with no right leg has made me look at things in a different perspective.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Stop Racial Profiling

The topic of racial profiling has been a big discussion and always will be a big conflict in law enforcement. There always has been racial profiling and there most likely always will be. The thing we must do, however, is reduce the chance of it happening.
The best way we can conquer this is by reporting incidents where racial profiling my have occurred and taking these cases to court. I know there are a lot of people who look down on police officers because of how some of them use racial profiling, but we can't judge them all just because of a couple of bad apples.

New Weapons Under Way

One of the biggest conflicts that police officers face every day and get ridiculed the most for is their way of apprehending suspects. Some people feel that the police tactics of bringing down criminals are too brutal. Cases such as the Rodney King case has brought the attention of police brutality, so now the police are coming up with new ways to take down criminals that aren't lethal or brutal.
One of the biggest problems for a police officer is transporting a suspect who is out of control in the back seat of their car. Now there is a new tactic that is being developed which is a back seat air bag that inflates and can immobilize the suspest of they get a little rowdy. This technique is being tested in a lab in Idaho and if it succeeds, then this will help keep the suspect under control and help the officer in controlling the situation.
There is another kind of technique of apprehending a suspect, mostly in a hostage situation or a disturbance in a prison. This kind of restraint substance is sticky foam, which is so strong that he can literally stop a person in his tracks. You spray it on a person and they get entangled in it, such as if you spray it on a persons stomach and they touch it with their hand, then they will not be able to move their hand.
Another tactic that is in process of being developed is DMSO paintballs. These are paintballs that are laced with DMSO and when shot at a suspect the chemical will be absorbed into the skin and carry through the body.
These kind of techniques that are being developed is to keep the suspects safe and to reduce the use of brutal force. There are experiments going on every day to try for the purpose of reducing deaths and critical injuries while apprehending suspects.

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

However You Want To Do It

There are many ways that a person can go about becoming a police officer. Almost all police departmens in the country require that a person needs to complete high school, some require that a person needs to be atleast twenty-one years of age.
It is best to get involved in a police department as early as possible, such as a cadet or explorer program, while your young. This will show how serious you are about law enforcement and it will help you in deciding if its really the job for you. Law enforcement has a lot to do with the community so it wouldn't be a bad idea if you joined a community program or did something to benefit the community, it'll show that you know how to interact with other people.
Education is an important factor too in the force. If you can get hired right out of high school or before you go to college, then the police department will pay your way through the academy and pay for your classes at a college. However, if you do attend college before applying as an officer, then some deparments will reimburse you for the money you paid to go to school. Its better to expand your knowledge and go to college because it will help you in landing a job as a police officer, although it wouldn't hurt to try and get hired before attending college.
Its up to the individual about how they want to go about pursuing a career in law enforcement. No way is the wrong way but you have to figure out which way is the best for you.

Guns Are Dangerous For Everybody

We teach our children not to play with guns and we have fire arms permits for people who know how to use a gun, but even people who are trained to use them on other people if necessary can be dangerous. This past Sunday on the twenty-eighth, an Iowa police officer shot the police chief of the town in the neck accidentally. They were both at city hall and the only ones there when police seargeant Carol Currans' gun accidentally discharged and hit police chief Lyle Rusk in the neck.
This comes to prove that guns aren't just a danger to regular people in the community, but to law enforcement personnel too. We need to come up with a plan about how to solve this problem with guns. Kids are our number one concern when it comes to this because they don't really have an idea about how dangerous guns really are. That is why its best if you own a gun and have kids in the house to put in a lockbox or somewheres where a child can not find it. As long as there are guns in our society, there are going to be gun-related deaths but its up to us to try our best that something like this does not happen again.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

We Can Fight Terrorism

Everyone of us here in the United States will never forget the day of September 11, 2001, when our nation suffered from the worst terrorist attack that our country has seen. Indeed, we learned our lesson to never let our guard down like that ever again. We can do this by reporting suspicious activity, whatever it may be. If you see something suspicous, don't be scared to phone the police because you just may be able to save lives by doing this.

Police Work Not Easy

For those of you who are looking forward as having careers in law enforcement, you better be willing to put your life on the line. Being a police officer is definitely not just a walk in the park. Many thousands of police officers put their life on the line for citizens everyday. The other day in Pennsylvania a police officer was critically hurt in a high speed chase when he crashed his car. Or in Ohio on Sunday when a police officer was shot at while chasing two men on foot who fled after they sped off during a routine traffice stop. My hats off to these honorable individuals who are so dedicated to keep our community safe from danger.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Major Victory in the War on Drugs

Last Friday, with the help of the Drug Enforecment Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and the military, Florida agents were able to make the largest Cocaine bust in U.S. history. With 75,000 pounds and 2.3 billion dollars worth of cocaine, taxpayers were able to see their money at work. Ever since former U.S. president Ronald Reagan declared the war on drugs, there has been speculation that we have been wasting our money on fighting this war. There has even been some laws brought to congress to try and legalize some drugs, like marijuana, because a lot of people think that its best to just legalize it, rather than fight it and lose money by taking people to jail for it. Cocaine is a horrible drug, worst than marijuana, and this major bust has lessened the chance a little bit for us and children to be able to get their hands on this dangerous drug. We must continue to fight this war if we want to keep our society safe.