Recently, PoliceOne.com ran an article by Lt. Dan Marcou entitled “Why Obama’s Advice to Police to Abandon the Warrior Mindset Won’t Work”. The lieutenant made some excellent points and I encourage you to read (and comment if you’re an LEO) the piece.
I did have a problem with the piece, though.
Lieutenant Marcou, using the P1 platform, had to restrain himself and choose his words more carefully. He had to be more politically correct…and he was much more eloquent with relevant examples from history like King David and Leonidas.
I do not suffer from that affliction on this platform.
So let me put it more plainly:
Abandoning the Warrior Mindset will get cops killed. Period.
Moreover, the president’s comments were made in an effort to sate the court of public opinion. A court that, quite frankly, that is mired in stupidity, ignorance, and entitlement.
I am not a fan of our current president. I love the office and respect it; however, I don’t believe the man who currently resides within has much sense when it comes to serving in a military or paramilitary organization.
“Wait, MC! Are you saying law enforcement is a paramilitary organization?!”
You’re damn right I am.
We have policies, procedures, uniforms, rank structure, etc. We are armed. We patrol the streets to keep citizens safe. If you think giving police “military-style” weapons is a bad move, I suggest you find your own personal Mayberry, my friend, because this ain’t the 50’s.
Now, I’m not looking to get into a debate about whether or not cops should have shoulder-launched rockets. Don’t be obtuse.
I’m good to patrol my area with all I currently have. Would I like better and more effective equipment?
Of course I would.
But that’s not what this post, the president’s comments, or Lt. Marcou’s piece was about. The President of the United States wants me to abandon the warrior mindset and adopt more a guardian approach.
Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s my understanding Barack Obama has never served in a uniform, be it within or without the boundaries of our borders.
That being the case, the man has no idea what it means to put one’s life on the line in any meaningful and literal way. Sure, he may have scrapped some in whatever school he attended as a kid…who hasn’t? But if it comes down to being ready to fight for one’s life, he has no frame of reference for it.
When I went to the Academy nearly 17 years ago, the Warrior Mindset was almost literally beaten into us.
“COPS NEVER LOSE!”
“FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!”
“YOU WILL NOT DIE! YOU WILL WIN!”
We were trained, much like the military, that failure and dying are not options. When you go into a fight with that frame of mind, you have the advantage. We are talking about a psychological step above others.
That step can make the difference between you going home, the hospital, or the morgue.
Guardians…well, they guard.
One stands tall, presses on and takes the fight to those that would threaten the flock.
The other watches…and then calls on those that can fight.
Is it semantics?
You may think so.
If you do, you’ve never fought the way we do.