From Warrior to Peace Officer
Warriors generally get killed.
Everyone has Freewill, Use It.
Everyone is an individual with freewill. Everyone gets to choose how they live. This is to suggest we teach our children to mature out of "warrior" behavior" to "officer behavior."
Here are a few Principles:
1. People do not trust authority from far away.
2. The Military/Warriors, even from the same country, is perceived to be "far away."
3. Local Police Officers are trusted because they are near the people and more accountable.
4. Local Police ARE the people and the people Are the Police.
Therefore use Local Police to make arrests rather than military, even from the same country.
Parents often use religious teachings as a guide in training their children. The problem with the major religions is they teach "warrior" behavior: fight for your country or for religious principles. Governments come and go. Governments align and realign, but Human Life is Sacred.
In Hinduism, Arjuna fights and kills his own family to impose his religious principles.
In Judaism & Christianity, Joshua fights and kills men women and children to establish Israel.
In Islam, Mohammad (PBUH) declares it is OK to fight and kill defensively. Killing is not defensive. However I perceive Mohammad (PBUH) began the first Use of Force Policy.
It is time for a change. Teach children to become "Officers" instead of "Warriors." This occurs with a shift of intent from," Kill the enemy," to "Arrest the citizen." Warriors kill; officers arrest without harm.
We as common people should not fight, kill or harm at all. Teach our children to walk away from a fight. Get smart, there is always another way. We can see most trouble coming, so get out of the way!
Everyone has freewill in how they act and what groups they join. Raise children in organizations which teach Peace Among All People. There is no separation among people. National boundaries are for convenience and are not to be used to justify violence. We are all One.
Officers are trained in Non-lethal force.
Local Officers use the least amount of Force.
Local Officers use the least amount of force to control violent citizens and do not intend to harm the citizen. Every society has citizens who violate the law. Officers are trained in the use of force to control these citizens.
We now have "Anti-bullying" rules which are a step in the right direction. The idea is not to fight the bully, but to report him. As we become adults we have the same problem in society, bullies. Officers have been trained to deal with these social bullies or criminals using the least amount of force.
After 20 years as a peace officer and as a state certified instructor and having taught hundreds of officers on the Use of Force, I have come to the conclusion that "Lethal Force" is Not needed.
The first principle in the Use of Force is: use the least amount of force to control the person. Officers are never taught to harm the person, just control him. If outmanned or facing unwinnable odds, the officer is taught to call for backup and maneuver out of harms way.
What does a bully want? Money, power, property? Let him have it. Use deception, have a fake wallet or cell phone to give him. Out-smart the criminal and walk away. Many self defense courses exist who teach people how to avoid criminals.
There are many forms and levels of mental illness.
The Mentally Ill need special attention.
A discussion of how to deal with the mentally ill would take volumes. For this article it is important to realize about HALF of all Americans will experience a mental disorder if we include old age.
If we do not include old age, about 20% (1 in 5) of people have some form of diagnosable mental health disorder. There are 1.5 times more suicides than homicides. Mental illness is pervasive in society. Realize the person you are dealing with may have some form of mental illness.
The "Control Paradox" states: by using a less physical, less authoritative, less confrontational less controlling approach you end up having more control and authority over the person in a mental health crisis.
Summary of statement by National Law Enforcement Policy Center:
Officers should survey the situation to gather information and avoid hasty and potentially counterproductive decisions and actions.
Officers should avoid approaching the subject until a degree of rapport has ben developed.
All attempts should be used to communicate with the person by allowing him to vent.
Do not rush the person or crowd his personal space.
If he is waving his fists or a knife or yelling, adopt a non-threatening, non-confrontational stance.
Emotional or violent outbursts are often of short duration. Let the outburst dissipate.
The above techniques may be applied to people who are Not mentally ill.
The mentally ill person is Not your enemy, the mental illness is.
Become trained in Non-lethal force.
Train Children as Peace Officers.
War and violence are inevitable only to those who love to fight. Peaceful people avoid war and violence. It is all a projection of self.
As parents, become trained in the use of force and then train your children. Audit a Use of Force and Crisis Intervention Course with local law enforcement. Deadly force is not needed.
Fighting, killing and dying for religious principles or for your country is Terrorism. Do not be a "Warrior," but become a, "Peace Officer."
Follow a Peaceful Ideal and examples.
Conclusion, Do Not Fight at All.
On or about January 18, 2016 Pope Francis spoke to a Synagogue saying, "Violence by man against man is in contradiction with any religion worthy of that name." Let us embrace this idea and institutionalize it,
Put Human Life above Land Value and do not fight at all.