I’m not an A-Hole
I’ve heard the stereotypes. All cops are coffee drinking, donut eating, lazy, power tripping, a-holes that were picked on when they were young and are now taking out their frustrations on the sweet, law abiding citizens that are just trying to mind their own business. Try to be original please. Look, I don’t go to work to make friends. I have one goal when I go to work, and that is to go home without any more holes in my body than I went to work with.
When I first started training, I carried a lot of gear. One time I made a traffic stop. I set up a little table on the side of the road and put a couple of chairs down. I invited the driver out of his car and we sat down and had some tea. I shared my philosophy of life with him, and how I integrated that philosophy into my police work. He shared some of his goals and experiences with me too. After we were done, he understood where I was coming from, and when I gave him his citation for failing to obey a traffic control device he didn’t think I was an a-hole. Later on that evening, my coach sat me down and explained to me why he didn’t really approve of my approach.
Now, I do things a little differently. You might say I’m an a-hole now. You would be wrong. What I am is a guy doing my job. My job is to keep the citizens in my jurisdiction safe. You might not understand how you’re endangering the public by accelerating through the yellow light, but I do. While I’m standing on the side of the road with my back to traffic isn’t the time for me to explain the intricacies of traffic laws. What it is time for me to do is get to the point. I’m going to do one of two things. I’m going to ask you not to commit the violation again, or I’m going to give you a citation. I’m a cop, not an a-hole. If you don’t want to interact with me, obey the law.