Many in police leadership positions, who
have no prior military service, probably
view redundancy as a wasteful exercise of
time and resources.  These are the same
people who might purchase a million
dollar motor home loaded with high tech
gadgets while their patrol fleet of police
cars is at a just sufficient level or even a
few cars short. Let's say this million
dollar truck is necessary to the
department's mission.  What happens
when it's in the shop, and it's needed on
short notice? Where's the second million
dollar truck?  What about maybe three
TV style vans with comparable high tech
capabilities?  Then again, they wouldn't
be nearly as impressive for publicity, or
the Police Chief's resume.

Redundancy goes beyond a department's
materiel resources.  When you go
through your firearms training, you'll
probably experience your maximum
exposure to redundancy.  The reason is
simple... it's dangerous.  Because a gun
is a dangerous thing, you'll be required
to perform the same procedures over,
and over, and over; until, your handling
of the weapon becomes second nature to
you.  Once you're out of the academy,
and you only qualify one or two times a
year, your proficiency will decrease.  Why
do you think you read about police
officers, from time to time, accidentally
discharging their weapons?

You're going to laugh at this, but I can
tell you exactly where redundancy began
its demise.  How often do you see a
police officer wearing a uniform hat?  The
hat is still issued as part of your
uniform.  There was a time when you
could have just come out of a drag
down, knock out fight, and the first thing
your sergeant would ask was, "Where's
your hat?"  The sergeant knew exactly
what he was doing.  If he didn't let you
slide on something so seemingly minor,
you knew he wouldn't let you slide on
anything of obviously greater
"When you go through your firearms
training, you'll probably experience
your maximum exposure to
redundancy." ~ Barry M. Baker
Today's police departments still have
military similarities by way of rank
insignia; uniforms, and firearms training,
but that's about as far as it goes. During
the days of the military draft, a large
proportion of new police officers had two
to three years of prior military service.  
Those police officers were throughly
familiar with things like military courtesy;
chain of command... and redundancy.  
Today, fewer new police officers have any
military background, and they have no
appreciation, or patience, for
redundancy.  Redundancy is an acquired
taste; one can only appreciate its
importance after being subjected to it
over an extended period of time.
...A Lost Art
Copyright © 2016  Barry M. Baker