I have an incredible amount of respect for our country’s police officers. In the military, when we deploy, we go overseas knowing that in 6,7,12, or 15 months down the line, we get to come home. We have to keep our game face on for a set amount of time, focus on hunting down the enemy, and then we come home. It struck me the last time we were working with LAPD that they don’t have an end date when they can flip the switch off. Every day at work, for them, is game day. For the entire length of their career, they are home.
Working the same neighborhoods for years at a time gives the police an incredible advantage. They know the streets just as good as the criminals who work them. They know who the bad guys are and they know who they need to focus their efforts on. The problem is, even when they catch a criminal, there is the chance that they get off and don’t get convicted. If the judge throws out any evidence or the jury doubts anything the prosecution presented, the criminal walks. That’s got to be frustrating.