Professionalism – Do Cops Get Angry

Ethical Response and Professionalism In Emotionally charged situations 

police vs civilians
Ethical Code of Conduct

Do law enforcement officers ever break from being professional and let their emotions lead in their decision making? Well I’ll start by saying, an officer is a single individual whose intellect and emotions are solely his or hers unless they allow another person or group (fraternal order members / civilian of any creed or color) influence them. It simply means generalization should be out of the question because every cop can think for his or her self. All humans have emotions no matter what you do for a living. The question is do you allow your emotions to take charge, pushing your ethical boundaries to its limits way beyond going back leaving chaos and irreversible actions in its path? Anger is a common emotion in the work place due to frustration with the person you are dealing with. Sometimes the other party ignites the tension while other times you create the tension or allow it to grow. But where does an officer draw the line between anger, vengeance and breaking code of conduct?

Lets take for example a situation were the officer has the upper hand. The peace officer pulls over a vehicle for traffic violation.

Officer: Do you know why I pulled you over?

Civilian: Did you already forget?

Ok that is extreme, what if the civilian was just trying to debate on whether he or she violated a traffic law. The cop has a choice, issue a citation and move on or get in a “winner takes all verbal contest”, which becomes heated and emotional. The driver is thinking of how to get your a** wrote up, the cop is thinking what else can I get this guy for. His eyes make a quick sweep through the car because that is part of his training. Oh Oh shinning object. He makes a rash decision to get him out of the car, he is not sure of what he saw, but this is his ” way ” into the guys car to get him for something else. whereas if the situation was calm, he would try to engage in a longer conversation buying time to observe the shiny object more closely.

Since the driver knows he does not have a weapon. He Gets angry, steps out of the car confronting the cop.

Officer: Get back, Get Back!

Driver: You f*cking pig trying to frame me, because of a stupid ticket.

Officer: Taser! Taser!!

Man down.

He gets booked for non compliance and trying to assault a cop. Traffic ticket thrown out because the officer observed it from his rear view mirror, while the other stuff was caught on dashcam. No shiny object recovered. Mistakes:

Officer: Could have controlled the situation from the beginning by keeping emotions low.

Driver: Driver was pissed because a ticket was almost upgraded to a gun charge, emotions took over because he was shocked by the accusation. Biggest mistake was he approached the officer like he would a fellow civilian.

How should this have gone. Considering professionalism and ethical boundaries

Scenario 1:

If the situation was calm, the driver could have gotten a warning or still a ticket.

Scenario 2:

If the cop got angry, the driver is leaving with a ticket and no chance for a warning. ” – That is where it should have ended.”

 

 

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Automobile Window Tint Laws

State auto Tint laws

Have you ever been pulled over for having a darker shade of tint other than what the state law specifies? Vehicle window tinting okc laws are different from those in the state of Georgia. It is understandable when you are driving through a state that has different guidelines than your state. You probably would get a pass as long as you have an out of state vehicle tag (license plate). Its easier to get tint tags from a cop at night. Once an officer realizes he or she can not see the occupant of a vehicle that is pulled over. The officer may want to investigate if you have the proper shade on your safety glass. Not everyone is trying to hide from law enforcement or trying to conceal  illegal items. Most people  just get really dark films in their cars because they want to cut down on the suns reflection or just a car accessory. The big factor in automobile tint guidelines is road visibility. Some tints are so dark you can barely see in day light. When you drive at night in less lit areas, it becomes a road hazard. There is no better way of telling you are about to hit an object on the road other than you being able to see it clearly. The 3 most important safety glass are your front windshield. drivers side window and front passenger side window. That being said, if you have a rear windshield make sure it meets the required standards. Vehicles that do not have rear windows usually use the driver and front passengers side mirrors to navigate. But you need to be able to  see clearly through the driver and passengers side widows for that. Summer time is also when a lot of people get tickets for violations because their window stays up and a/c turned on. That is also when motorists get their car glasses tinted. Answer to the question, how can I find a professional vehicle window tinting outlet near me? The website Window Tinting Finder can help find a tint expert near you. Most professionals would follow the state law they work in, but it is your responsibility to ask them to make sure their work meets those standards. Yes, you can customized the shades as long as they remain legal and safe for the road.

 

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Police Radar – Thoughts

Radar Gun 2

The radar gun is like putting your hand out with the stop gesture. When ever you see the radar gun pointed at the direction of on coming vehicles, the tail lights come on simultaneously. It’s amazing. The focus today is the use of it. Does it need to be whipped out  on every street corner. Some Law enforcement officers would say it’s part of the job, most civilians I talk to would say, its only needed on the highway and places  known for speeding. The theory behind the later is even though people go above the speed limit, they regulate their speed 5 miles above or below the actual speed limit and do not have the intention to drag race on city streets. They believe other forms of violations such as not using turn signals and blowing a stop sign should be looked at rather than speed. Since most drivers on city streets are not speeding they see a cop behind a shrub as a way of increasing his “ticket quota”. But they do believe a camouflaged cop catching someone blowing a stop sign is fair game. With the last sentence, I do understand where they are coming from. Most city drivers are not out to speed, speed caution signs are more appropriate in this setting  and it’s easier to spot someone driving at a very unreasonable spread which is then appropriate to take out a radar gun and confirm it.

Radar Gun use

How about Radar Signs?

Radar Gun keep-calm-and-say-cheese      OR         Radar Gun 3

Radar Signs – say cheese !!

 

People are more at ease with this form of speed deterrent, even though they feel a discomfort while approaching one, they believe it is there to catch blatant traffic violators not them. They also do not think someone is trying to meet a traffic ticket quota, hence they are  ok with it. This all has to do with perception, I have seen small towns use dummy cops in parked patrol cars. The cars are parked visibly by the street facing on coming cars, yes people slow down. In fact when they notice it is a dummy behind the wheels, they get out of their cars and take selfies. This method is used during holiday weekends or when short of patrol officers. The cars are staged at different spots so you do not get used to it or know when it is a real cop until you get close enough. Yes, it works and people are okay with it. They know the agenda of the police department and are more comfortable with a visible police car without a cop pointing a radar gun at them than one behind a shrub with a radar gun trained at them.

Dummy cop selfie

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