What does that mean?
There are always three sides to every story. Perception drives this, unequivocally.
If two people are in the same room, there are three truths. One person’s perception, the second person’s perception and then, reality. There are many times when we see events occur before our very eyes and yet, we still do not have the full picture of what happened.
The human eye can only see in two dimensions. Even though the Grand Designer created our brain with such inventiveness that our minds can process a vision into three dimensions.
If you really get into the science of the eye and human vision, most research says that we can see about 120 degrees – which is far short of 360 degrees. That is where the problem reveals itself. The general public has the misconception law enforcement officers are somehow able to see with a 360 degree range.
The speeds at which real-life events occur ranges from agonizingly slow to lightning fast. Depending upon a person’s brain capabilities, some people process information much faster than others. It is truly the rare person who can process information as fast as any event occurs.
The primary way that people can improve their mental processing speed is to train their minds in such a way that they expect the unexpected.
It is not ordinary people that I am referring to in this writing. Rather, I am referring to police officers in this text. This is brought to light because of the recent push to defund and under-fund police departments throughout the United States. The ONLY way for the police to get better at their jobs is to have more practice and better training.
Here is the HARD TRUTH:
The first thing to hit the floor when there are budget cuts is training. Most agencies do not have the luxury of cutting hours because they need people on the street.
Mandates come down from above for this or that. These mandates frequently require agencies to buy things or do mandatory training. The unfortunate truth is that there is no money to go along with these mandated requirements.
Body Worn Cameras became all the rage some time ago. Laws were passed to get them into service at every agency. The money for these needed items did not surface for every agency. Certainly, there was some money allocated, but not nearly enough to equip every agency.
Here we are, with people like these short-sighted politicians who are looking to severely cut funding for police departments or eliminate them, all together.
When things get worse because you have fewer officers to do the job and they are poorly trained, who will be blamed? It is my belief that the people who are the architects of this catastrophe are not likely to accept any responsibility for the mess they create.
- If you want better cops, then train them better.
- If you want cops to be less strained from being overworked, you must hire more cops, not fewer.
- If you want your community’s situation to improve, be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.
- When things get worse because of the policies that are being adopted today, who will take the blame?
I guess the truth hurts, doesn’t it?
“Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “
We couldn’t agree more.
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