Controlling crime, or explaining it
Something nags at me every day I come to work. I have proudly served with the Providence Police Department for over 17 years. I love my work, and I have a genuine and sincere desire to help people. But increasingly, I see things moving toward a situation that bears no resemblance to what I was taught police work should be.
I was brought into the world of policing, as are all new cops, thinking that thereís right and wrong, good people and bad, and that you protect one from the other. A little naÔve sounding, maybe, but a noble premise nonetheless. Lately, however, my job description has gotten blurry, the lines a little less clear. Like always, Iím sworn to do what it is Iíve always done: stop the bad people from hurting the good, keep the peace, mediate, moderate, referee, counsel, shelter, investigate, apprehend, prosecute, and a million other things. These functions make up a job description that would fill a set of encyclopedias, and one which the average person cannot begin to comprehend. I know how to keep crime down and make the citizens feel safer...