Not just a dumb cop
Rajib Bhattacharjee
   
 
More Today's News:
ߦ   Honoring Officers Killed In 2018
ߦ   Brownsville officer arrested after allegedly searching for her undocumented Mexican boyfriend
ߦ   Dallas police officer killed during funeral procession for another officer
ߦ   Galveston County Jailer Arrested Smuggling Contraband Into Jail
ߦ   Man suspected of shooting officer found, killed by police in Hawaii
ߦ   Police officer, Army veteran killed by his own gun the day before marking 6 years on the force: Chief
ߦ   Burglary of Motor Vehicle Public’s Assistance
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Former Venezuelan Official Pleads Guilty to Money Laundering Charge in Connection with Bribery Scheme
ߦ   Jury Convicts Texas Man of Hate Crime in the Burning of Victoria, Texas, Mosque
ߦ   Man wanted in deadly crime spree in custody
ߦ   Multi-Agency Investigation leads to Arrest of 6 for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activity/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Plane crash occupants identified
ߦ   Smith County Woman Guilty of Federal Violations
ߦ   Warrant Round Up
ߦ   Hero Down: Jefferson Parish Sgt. Troy Smith Murdered, Wife Arrested
ߦ   Hero Down: Chicago Police Officer Vinita Williams Dies After Collapsing At Work
ߦ   Coast Guard assists 4 mariners from vessel taking on water near Freeport
ߦ   Coast Guard medevacs mariner near Galveston
ߦ   2 Die In La Porte Plane Crash
ߦ   American Police-The World’s Most Trusted Per Gallup
ߦ   Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 11 people
ߦ   DOJ: Many Adults Separated From Kids Are Killers, Child Abusers, Or Unrelated
ߦ   Education Bait-and-Switch Scheme Cheated Veterans of Tuition Benefits
ߦ   Sports Memorabilia Fraud Case Yields Unexpected Benefit for Chicago Youth Baseball Leagues
ߦ   15 shot dead, 9 hurt in bloody night for Mexico's Monterrey
ߦ   Burnet County Sheriff's Office - Inmate/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Conservatives Reject Calls to Abolish ICE
ߦ   DNA Leads To Arrest Of Aggravated Assault Suspect
ߦ   Former County Detention Center Deputy Indicted for Conspiring with Inmates to Assault Victim and Lying to Federal Investigators
ߦ   Galveston County Sheriff's Office - Daily Bulletin
ߦ   Paris Police Dept - Daily Activity/Arrests Summary
ߦ   Texas Parks and Wildlife Agent Injured, Discharges Firearm During Assault
ߦ   IN MEMORIAM - Phil Camus - Houston Police Dept.

   Next >>
 
Search Archives:
To those of us on the ever-shrinking thin blue line, the phrase, "Well, you're just a dumb cop," is one of the most common insults we hear. As a rookie officer, I easily felt frustrated and angry at this statement.

However, after 11 years of service, I now smirk knowingly in response. With a smile and nod, I wish these folks a good day.

That smile conceals the fact that law enforcement is unique due to its ability to challenge you physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. Law enforcement resides in the realm of predatory evolution, with a costly learning curve. Law enforcement officers either evolve with the time, situation and society or they become ineffective in the profession.
This constant and dynamic evolution is driven by knowledge.

LEOs have to have a baseline level of intelligence meeting or exceeding that of any working professional. Law enforcement officers are required to be "book smart" as they are challenged to memorize the penal code, code of criminal procedures, traffic law, health and safety code, environmental law, governmental law, current case law (both state and federal), departmental SOPs, 10 codes and more.

Then, they must pass an evaluation phase conducted in the real world with no safety net. Law enforcement officers must be "street smart" as they contact subjects who have earned their PhDs in street law and whose sole purpose is to escape apprehension.

LEOs must also be financially savvy as they know they have chosen a profession where the benefits of the profession are not measured in the amount of zeroes in their bank account.
In addition, the modern day law enforcement officer — regardless of primary duty assignment, jurisdiction or agency — is expected to rate at least a "master" level proficiency in a multitude of seemingly unrelated fields. A typical patrol officer must ...
be an excellent driver, capable chasing high performance vehicles through heavy traffic 
multitask like a jet fighter pilot, simultaneously managing communications, radar, traffic — and of course updating social media as he/she operates a code 3 on the highway
write reports like an English professor
navigate better than Siri on her best days
run through mental checklists like an astronaut before the launch

These skills don't even begin to cover what must be done when the patrol officer arrives on scene. Once on scene, the officer faces an entirely new litany of challenges from being able to permanently solve disputes faster than Judge Judy and raise more children than Mr. Rodgers.

No other profession requires its practitioners to master so many seemingly-unrelated fields and still, at the end of the day, remain approachable to the everyday citizen.
Not only is the successful LEO required to master all of these skills and apply them in volatile environments, but they are also often harshly judged by laymen. Thanks to the advent and proliferation of social media, not only can we get our fill of cat videos on an hourly basis, but we can also be bombarded with sound tactical tips by folks whose closest experience to a high-stress situation is when they played "Call of Duty" on a difficult level and were unable to save their game.

When taking down an armed assailant or engaging in hand-to-hand combat, our brothers and sisters do not have the benefit of being able to retroactively examine the situation like so many individuals who have become hand-to-hand combat experts due to their consistent attendance at the local bar to watch UFC fights. Unlike the MMA pros, LEOs don’t have the ability to "tap out" when things get difficult.

So, the next time one of your favorite customers decides to insult your intelligence with a derisive quip, resist the urge to respond in kind. Nod, smile and thank them. Lao Tzu said it best, "There is no greater danger than under estimating you opponent."

Remember, my brothers and sisters, you are anything but "just a dumb cop."

About the Author
Rajib Bhattacharjee
Rajib "Jeebs" Bhattacharjee has been in law enforcement for approximately 11 years. During his time in service, he has served in roles from Patrol Officer, Accident Investigator, Acting Supervisor, Narcotics Investigator, to his current role on a full-time Tactical Team. Jeebs, as his friends call him, has a passion for all things nerdy and noncardio-related. Jeebs proudly serves with a Sheriff's Office in Central Texas and can be reached via email at txnerdcop@gmail.com.
Post a comment
Name/Nickname:
(required)
Email Address: (must be a valid address)
(will not be published or shared)
Comments: (plain text only)
Printer Friendly Format  Printer Friendly Format    Send to a Friend  Send to a Friend    RSS Feed  RSS Feed
  Facebook   Share link on Twitter Tweet  
© 1999-2018 The Police News. All rights reserved.