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Monday, September 13, 2021

Police departments in Connecticut and throughout the country -- especially in cities, like Bridgeport, but also in some suburbs, like Enfield -- are having trouble recruiting police officers.

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...It's a tough job and getting tougher amid social disintegration and the virus epidemic. Murders and other violent crimes are up and respect for the police is down among many people because of well-publicized misconduct.

In Connecticut police officers and potential candidates for police jobs have been discouraged by the recent enactment of accountability legislation, which has caused them to suspect that government won't stand behind them in controversy.

But even tough jobs require accountability, and Connecticut's recent legislation would not have been enacted if there had not been much misconduct that passed without accountability even though some of it was recorded.

For example, six years ago four state troopers were caught on an audio recording fabricating evidence against a man who protested a drunken-driving checkpoint in West Hartford. While the state paid $50,000 to settle the man's lawsuit, no troopers were disciplined....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-13 08:20 PM | Reply

It's going to only get worse. Who in in their right mind would want to be a cop in today's environment?

#2 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-13 08:25 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

@#2 ... Who in in their right mind would want to be a cop in today's environment? ...

The first thing I would ask is, what do you mean by "today's environment"?

The second thing I would ask is, why do you think that your view of "today's environment" would discourage new police officers.


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-13 08:47 PM | Reply

"Hiring police is getting harder"

Hiring CEOs hasn't gotten any harder.
All they had to do was up the pay from 20x what employees make decades ago, to 400x what employees make now.
I'm sure that same strategy will work in any sector of the economy.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-13 08:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Who in in their right mind would want to be a cop in today's environment?"

Where the #1 cause of death in your profession is COVID-19?
Turns out there's an easy fix for that...
Cops are just too stupid to do it.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-13 08:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#5 ... Where the #1 cause of death in your profession is COVID-19? ...

While I may not disagree with your premise, I'd call that a deflection.

(imho, a valid deflection, but a deflection nonetheless.)

Methinks the crux of this Op-Ed is more along the lines of

...But even tough jobs require accountability, and Connecticut's recent legislation would not have been enacted if there had not been much misconduct that passed without accountability even though some of it was recorded....

The old recruiting methods worked because they could boast of the non-accountability of the positions.

That accountability aspect seems to be changing.

Have the recruitment procedures changed?

Or are we still trying to recruit potential police based upon invalid info?


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#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-13 09:15 PM | Reply

"Who in their right mind would want to be a"

Someone who has a desire to protect and serve a community

I wonder if the author of this opinion piece has any experience with serving anyone but himself

#7 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-09-13 09:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"The old recruiting methods worked because they could boast of the non-accountability of the positions."

Then
"It's getting harder to hire police who are willing to be accountable"
would have been the correct headline.

But since it's a badge bunny op-ed by a right-winger, he has to do his song and dance.

For example:

"In Connecticut police officers and potential candidates for police jobs have been discouraged by the recent enactment of accountability legislation, which has caused them to suspect that government won't stand behind them in controversy."

1. Who here has a job where they think government will stand behind them in a controversy?
2. The police union is who stands behind police in a controversy. Practically none of us have that either.

Cops are the biggest bullies out there, and they've been coddled and empowered for over a generation now. If we can't break them soon they will simply end up enforcing fascism of one kind or another.

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-13 09:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Police must choose between upholding high standards and letting their reputations be damaged and losing public support."

But police aren't held to high standards. His earlier paragraphs document quite clearly the very low standards to which police are held.

The only ones holding the police accountable for anything are other police, and in very, very exceptional cases, the police-friendly justice system.

When the day is done, it's the police who hold one another accountable. And they hold themselves to the same standards gang members are held to. Because that's what they have become. Some would argue that's what they have always been, going back to the days of slave patrols and Pinkerton men. At this point, what difference does it make?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-13 09:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

@#8 ... But since it's a badge bunny op-ed by a right-winger, ...

Oh yeah. So you've read other op-eds written by the author. (they're a hoot, imho...)

Yeah, but in this instance I think his projection back-fired.

OK, that aside (probably for now...)

Let's turn to this...

...For example:

"In Connecticut police officers and potential candidates for police jobs have been discouraged by the recent enactment of accountability legislation, which has caused them to suspect that government won't stand behind them in controversy."...


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Well yeah.

I would hope that the government of Connecticut would not stand behind a police office who plants evidence.

If the candidates expect such support, well I would say that they were not qualified for the position.

But to, what I think might be your main point, yeah the author of this Op-Ed really blew it. Big Time.

He laid down his hand, and had a pair of deuces.

#10 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-13 09:34 PM | Reply

@#9 .... When the day is done, it's the police who hold one another accountable. ...

File that under "Things I wish I had said."

Let me put it in bold...

When the day is done, it's the police who hold one another accountable.

I will leave it there.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-13 09:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Oh yeah. So you've read other op-eds written by the author. (they're a hoot, imho...)"

I did a quick perusal of the headlines.

He seems like the kind of guy whose job is to write a column white people can read to feel better about things.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-13 09:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#12 ... He seems like the kind of guy whose job is to write a column white people can read to feel better about things. ...

Well, that is one view. A "shoot the messenger" type of view. Honestly, I would have expected a far better rebuttal from you. Jus' sayin' :)

I think it is more of, he writes opinion articles and some media publish them for a different viewpoint.

But that moves away from the gist of the article, that the police wonder why recruiting has become more difficult when the problem may be within their ranks.

...In Connecticut police officers and potential candidates for police jobs have been discouraged by the recent enactment of accountability legislation, which has caused them to suspect that government won't stand behind them in controversy....

No?


#13 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-13 10:05 PM | Reply

...police officers and potential candidates for police jobs have been discouraged by the recent enactment of accountability legislation...

Good!! That means the legislation is working. Those are the people you don't want being cops.

Now substantially increase the pay and benefits and you might get some actual quality applicants.

#14 | Posted by qcp at 2021-09-14 09:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It's going to only get worse. Who in in their right mind would want to be a cop in today's environment?

#2 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER

Maybe if we gave them proper training and decent pay, we could find proper candidates and wouldn't have scandal plagued departments across the country?

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-09-15 12:19 PM | Reply

Proper training and decent pay is not the problem.

#16 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-15 12:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

A lot of the training occurs on the job where rookies learn from those with street experience. Leftists have driven a lot of experienced cops away.

Good policing is a lot more than just plugging in warm bodies.

#17 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-09-15 12:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The only change is accountability legislation.

You can now continue freakout.

#18 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-09-15 01:11 PM | Reply

No doubt a house with a tesla in the drive way and a ACAB sign in the front yard will scare criminals away.

#19 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-15 08:35 PM | Reply

Proper training and decent pay is not the problem.

#16 | POSTED BY BELLRINGER

Well what do you suggest? Letting them kill more black folk and beat whoever the pf they want like the good ol' days, doofus?

#20 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-15 10:16 PM | Reply

"Good policing is a lot more than just plugging in warm bodies."

As in, you also have to let them commit crimes.
Do you believe the police need qualified immunity? Yes or no.

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-15 10:20 PM | Reply

Cities should pay cops more and expect more. They need to be pickier in their hiring.

#22 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-15 10:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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