I grew up in a very athletic family (especially my brother) and I spent a lot of times in gyms and swimming pools where I often ran into members of the police force training either before or after the kids’ sessions (I saw them swimming, weight lifting, even playing volleyball). I was stunned at how fit and strong they were, and I remember telling my Dad how proud I was that our policemen could jump high, swim fast, and run fast. My Dad responded, “Well, of course! How do you think they will be able to save you or anyone if they aren’t fast and fit?” I thought that made absolute sense and it made me trust our police force.
Fast forward to 2017, and things ain’t the same anymore. What I see now are overweight out of shape, lazy, and rude policemen and women who I’d probably have to help in a disastrous situation. All they have now is a uniform and a gun, plus a lot of ego and attitude and no desire to help. I may be generalizing here, but on my work commute, I pass a precinct station daily, and I see this all the time. Half the guys seem barely able to make it up the stairs.
The fix: No officer should graduate without a workout program, nutrition education, family history, and a mental evaluation check (this probably happens), as after their graduation, the fact of their uniform and being able to carry a weapon can give them strange powers… and I’ll stop right there. Also, all officers, no matter their ethnicity or rank, should spend at least 6-12 months serving a nonprofit sector such as the arts (music, dance, liberal arts, etc.), education and healthcare, senior centers, or children/junior centers to truly understand their reason for being police officers.
Last but not least, a travel allowance that requires a passport would probably be beneficial, unless they’re working with cartels… Of course, I didn’t say that 😮