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
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 importance.
"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.
|Copyright © 2019 Barry M. Baker