"The problem in defense is how
far you can go without destroying
from within what you are trying to
defend from without."
Dwight D. Eisenhower
"Demoralize the enemy from
within by surprise, terror,
sabotage, assassination. This is
the war of the future."
~Adolf Hitler
"When you're dealing with criminals,
the success of your diplomatic efforts
will rest solely upon the criminals'
perception of your ability to
effectively apply force."
~ Barry M. Baker
As a new police officer, you're going to
encounter all kinds of people.  The way
you interact with people will have a great
deal to do with the level of success you
achieve during your career.

While you'll be indoctrinated with a
considerable amount of propaganda
regarding your role in non-enforcement
aspects of law enforcement, you must
never lose sight of the primary reason for
your being... that pistol you wear on
your hip should be an obvious and
constant reminder.

Many of those people you encounter
believe you have way too much power,
and, in fact, they see very little need for
you and your services.  These are the
same people who believe that the
maintenance of their country's military
force is a waste of resources that would
be better used in pursuit of goals
identified by them.
As with the military, when it comes to
your use of force, those people will be
the first to criticize and condemn your
actions with little, if any, knowledge or
understanding of the circumstances
requiring the use of force.

You'll learn that interacting with these
self styled social behavioral experts is
much more difficult than dealing with
criminals.  Criminals, whether they act
individually, or they form the leadership
of a rogue state, all understand and are
influenced by two things...the threat of
force, and the use of force.

While your intellectual betters will insist
that your powers be restrained or
eliminated where ever possible, you'll
learn they are very quick to exercise
power against you.  Their power rests in
their utilization of laws, lawyers, courts
and media.  It should be no surprise to
anyone that laws, lawyers, courts and
media exist only because the people with
the guns ensure the social environment
wherein the rule of law can function.
When it comes to the interaction among
nations, you hear a lot about diplomacy
and statesmanship.  As a police officer,
you'll be practicing diplomacy every day
of your career.  When you're dealing with
criminals, the success of your diplomatic
efforts will rest solely upon the criminals'
perception of your ability to effectively
apply force.

When nations are in disagreement,
alliances frequently make the use of force
problematic even if force is justified. You
may well encounter similar situations
where your power of arrest is impeded by
organized resistance to the enforcement
of laws some people determine to be
unconstitutional.  The most frequent
organized resistance is usually directed
toward laws against minor offenses,  For
example, some believe that a panhandler
should have the right to repeatedly ask
you for money.  When your refusal elicits
a litany of obscenities from the
panhandler, that's okay...he's just
exercising his freedom of speech.

You should always limit your diplomatic
efforts to criminals, because it's simply a
wasted effort on those who already know
everything.  Like the military, you should
always let those who do support you
argue with those who have little, or no,
capacity for logical rationalization.
In a nation where power is centralized
and absolute, you'll find few people
openly criticising that nation's military or
law enforcement.  You should always
remember that the irritation you suffer at
the hands of critics, no matter how
irrational or ridiculous their criticisms may
be, is your contribution to ensuring their
right to criticize.

While every reasonable person would love
to see an end to war, crime, and violence,
no one has yet figured out a way to
accomplish those goals.  It should be
obvious that democratic government is
the logical course to pursue in ending
nation warfare.  As for crime and
violence, rational people realize that a
nation's criminal justice system is the
only effective means to control violent
and unlawful social behavior.
Does this sound familiar.  While Adolf
Hitler was one evil madman, he got this
one right.  It is the future, and we are
experiencing a new face of warfare.

One should never forget that Adolf Hitler
rose to power through a democratic
process only to subvert it into
dictatorship.  When one understands
that politics, no matter in what form
practiced, is all about power, one can
begin to understand why nations go to
war and people commit acts of violence.

Power does indeed corrupt.  As a police
officer, you'll have a great deal of power.  
Your biggest contribution to society will
be in denying your critics victory by your
misuse of that power.

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