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Cops and Robbers

Updated on December 6, 2014

Fledgling Cop?

Thank goodness she went into that other profession folks love so much -- politics ;-)
Thank goodness she went into that other profession folks love so much -- politics ;-) | Source

The World of a Street Cop.

There is a factor that most people do not seem to get about cops and the people they deal with on a day to day basis. It is called the criminal milieu.

Did you ever stop to think about the fact that cops do not hang out with cops all day long. They most assuredly do not hang out in offices or country clubs or schools or other such “nice” places. Now there are some that do but we are not talking about those kind of cops, we are talking about street cops. They hang out on the street all day long or all night long. And they do not hang out in nice neighborhoods they hang out where criminals are hanging out. That is just what they do. Now if it has never occurred to you let me let you in on a secret: Criminals are criminals.

If we take a look at what that means we can understand the world of a street cop a little better. This is not written from any particular point of view, certainly not the cops and not the robbers either. Many would say something like “you are who you associate with” and this has a lot of credence. So what of the cop who “associates” with criminals all workday long?

Just for fun? Or does this have truth to it?

How about you?

Have you ever lived in the criminal milieu?

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The environment influences us.

If we take a wonderful walk in nature everyday this has a calming and positive affect on our mood. If we do not then that has an influence on our mood also. Taking a walk in a horribly rundown neighborhood will also influence us. And again not taking that walk will also influence us. Living in the day to day of the negative aspects of life has a price to pay. Just think about when was the last time you heard the “F” word. Chances are very good that if you read this that you do not hear that word very often. Now just think about being on the street. You will be called that with a “er” on the end and with it interjected three times in a foul mouth improper English sentence. And this does not happen once a week but rather several times a day. How would that influence you?

Just so you know, the criminal world is filled with violence. For just a ton of social and psychological reasons violence is the answer for many in the criminal world. Happy, joyous and free people are generally not criminals. Criminals learn violence from a very early age. We are not talking about white collar crime or things like tax evasion here. Criminals that frequent our streets do things like robbery and home invasions and have or can get their hands on weapons.

People on the streets kill and are killed daily. For you the reader that is just as foreign a thought to you as it can get. People on the street actually inject themselves with drugs and engage in prostitution and drug dealing. People on the street do not like cops.

A wonderful environment.

Even our social environment can include nature if we so chose.
Even our social environment can include nature if we so chose. | Source

Death and dying in a land where life is cheap.

Between 100 and 150 cops are killed each year in the line of duty. Thousands of citizens are killed each year by gunfire and many of those by gunfire by cops. Just for a second put yourself in that mindset. Now get out of there quickly. To kill or be killed is something most who read this will never even fathom outside of their TV set. To draw a weapon in violence is something foreign to the average citizen yet part of the life of a street cop. Now let us not get this wrong. Many many local law enforcement officers never ever use or draw their weapon for their entire career. And let us be certain that the average criminal does not go around shooting people as it serves little to no purpose. But these people look exactly the same as people who do kill others. In some gangs shooting a person is a prerequisite for full membership. That is bizarre.

So when we speak of a street cop that is what we are talking about. Someone who deals in that kind of garbage every day.

Just something nice to lift our spirits as we examine such a dark subject.

Sorry for the bummer article
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Violence begets violence.

Now examine a shooting

We just cannot immediately grasp the mindset of a cop or a criminal. Let us pause here to reflect that many people who are not criminals act like them. Just watch a pro basketball game and you will see the culture of gang signs and clothing. It is hard to say who copies who and that is disturbing. But now go back to the street scene. How is a cop supposed to distinguish between a “wannabe” and a real violent criminal? Is he to guess? Is he just held to the standard of knowing automatically? When a person he is in contact with acts aggressively what is he to think? Is he supposed to engage the fellow as though he is a peace loving gentle giant? Or should he assume the worst? Probably someplace in the middle.

When is a line crossed going either direction? We know that all the way to our Supreme Court and President the question is asked and pondered and decisions made as best as can be made.

Hardcore criminals are not Judges, attorneys* or picked for jury duty. Jury members are generally not involved with the criminal milieu, they are not part of that world and do not well understand it. Now cops, attorneys and judges deal with it all day long and probably have a reasonable perspective including both sides.

It is just a fact that the average person just does not understand what is going on in the streets. Now the criminal may from their perspective and the cop may from his perspective, but I would bet a dollar to a dime those would differ.

Now when we hear about these shootings let us give some pause and actually think about what we really do not know about. A film or a witness standing alone means almost nothing. And certainly a news report is not really helpful. And a talking head has no idea unless they have been there and done that.

*ha ha we can all get a chuckle there.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No way this boy would ever want to be a cop. I'm appreciative of what they do. There is corruption in any business or job....there is excess in the same environments. Are there problems in this country regarding race? You betcha! But I'm not about to pinpoint one small faction of this nation and say we are going to hell in a handbasket because of police brutality, because it isn't so.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Agreed, a few bad apples do not spoil 1,000 bushels. Thank you for your visit and support Bill.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Dear Eric,

      I am so enjoying your articles as they are so well-written and wonderfully expressed. The city in which I work and used to live is so very violent with killings in the streets much too often. I would not want to be a cop either, especially there! Once I leave my office, I head straight for my car and get on the Interstate to head 50 miles away to the small peaceful town in which we live.

      All I know is that If someone approached me in a threatening manner, or my family, regardless of whether or not they are armed (knowing they could harm with their sheer brute strength), I would do what I had to do to protect myself and my family ...

      You are so right, criminals literally hate law enforcement. I could not answer your poll because I somewhat experienced such criminal milieu when gangsters slowly infiltrated the home right next door to us in our peaceful neighbor in the city. And I am not referring to black gangsters as most like to stereotype, as these were white and very dangerous. I was in fear for my life and my children. Drug people started coming and going at all hours of the day. We had lived peacefully there throughout the childhood of my children. We did not want to move, and this started to happen when my children were in their teens. Things became volatile and we had to just leave, sadly. It truly broke my heart to see such young people getting involved with the criminal element. Funny thing though, they respected me when I drove up in my driveway when I came home on my lunch hour, because (I assume) when the children were younger and growing up, I would invite them in on cold mornings and feed them and bought them warm pullovers to wear for they would be standing out there in the cold before they headed to school. They were innocent then, but things soon changed rapidly.

      I always prayed for them and am so glad to find out that some of them have turned their life around and turned away from the life of crime.

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      Peace and blessings always to you and yours

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Faith that story touches me. One place I lived was just full of the problems and I was very happy some years later to move away. I lived alone at the time, but if I had family I would not have stayed there a month. I am glad you now live in a safe environment. Thank you for your support.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Eric. I meant to add I just love your photo here, so precious.

      If it weren't for just that one neighbor who moved in, we would still be there, I believe, for it is and was a lovely neighborhood. I am thankful to find out (and I prayed about it) that the single man who bought our home, saw what was going on and it did not bother him, and he and his girlfriend, who knows the sheriff, ran off the criminal element in the neighborhood. It is one of the most well-established neighborhoods in the city, and it was a shame that the criminal element made its way into that family-friendly neighborhood. We had contacted the police chief and DA, Neighborhood Watch, and all the surrounding neighbors made complaints as well to no avail, sadly, at the time. But I grateful this particular man bought our home and hopefully the neighbor is back to its former peacefulness and family-oriented. It is sad one just one bad element can move in and disrupt a peaceful neighborhood.

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      Carl Richardson 2 years ago from Midwest USA

      Hard to argue with those actively involved in fighting the criminal milieu. Most of us, however, only talk the talk, feeding on the news and word of mouth.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Our assumptions that life everywhere is like our peaceful environments makes for a perspective that wants to believe in black and white when it is nothing of the kind.

      Thank you much Rchrdsnc for the read and thoughtful comment.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Faith here is a sad fact. Often the police do not move in on such matters because the conduct there is leading them to bigger fish to fry. I have seen it a few times. But sooner or later....

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      Dilip Chandra 2 years ago from India

      Your writings always gives me something new to think about. Good one again, thanks for sharing.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I did live in South Africa and since the crime has increased that much over the years I am glad I am not there any more. My life now is peaceful and crime-free. Interesting and well said.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you dilipchandra I appreciate the read and the comment. That is a great compliment.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I just love to hear about people who have chosen just to go where life is free of this turmoil. Thank you

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you really make us think about and appreciate the street cop, their dangerous work and the kind of people they spend so much time with. Both the cops and the criminals need our prayers and whatever other kind of support we can give toward personal and community improvement. Thanks for dealing with this issue.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora I spent some time out there and have only the highest regard for the work they do. Sure mistakes will be made -- but that is humanity.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I wanted to be a cop when I was younger and for some reasons, I do admire people in uniform, be it a doctor, firefighter, military or the sales ladies on the cosmetic counter. And, while we all deserve a certain amount of respect, I personally have more for them. Sadly, there are few bad apples who always spoils the business.

      Where I live, they do their job well and I salute them for serving and protecting us. We seldom have issues with them. Sorry, that my brothers and sisters in the States are experiencing bad stuff with them. We, the north are proud of our cops here!

      This hub is quite an eye opener and I like your take on it. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you CrisSp. Sadly we here in the San Diego area have had share of problems lately. By in large the do a great job and we support them. We are a large military town and that seems to go a long way toward our folks in uniform.

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I ain't sayin! I am quite capable of employing the F word as a noun, verb, adjective, adverb and even preposition if pressed, not because I grew up on the mean streets but because I was in the Navy. It's getting to the point where cops will never be able to draw their weapons, and then what decent person will ever want to be a cop? Great hub!

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      Nichol marie 2 years ago from The Country-Side

      Great hub,I never really thought about cops in thia light,it would be a tough occupation

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      Carl Richardson 2 years ago from Midwest USA

      Great hub. I will not attempt to use is it without permission . But I am reading about Interpol. I might want to write about this organization, going back about two hundred years.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mel. It is just another world for many of them and a really tough balancing act to go through. Thanks for dropping in an leaving a message. I have actually been visiting where there is no internet and after many days realized I had not seen a cop the whole time I was there. Interesting.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you chuckandus6, I agree that it would be a tough occupation and the more we understand that the better.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Rchrdsnc, I have had dealings with interpol and it was quite pleasant as far as that stuff goes. I would love to learn more about them.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Where I come from people hate the cops. And you definitely better not be caught talking to the cops. But if you were being robbed or someone was threatening to kill you- you would definitely scream "CALL THE COPS!!" Love them, or hate them, I would hate to be in this world without them.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We used to laugh "In Trouble? Call a Hippie". There are in fact places where cops are not viewed as people. The are just a symbol of authority or what we called The Man. Because we do not like crime does not mean we have to like the alternative.

      Thanks for your comment it is timely as we will be seeing an escalation of police presence at our houses of worship.

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I believe it. I just saw on the news about a gunman going into a place of worship and killing nine people; including the Pastor I think?

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