Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Please get to know your local police

At captainsjournal I read a very interesting post. One of the comments  struck a cord and is posted below in its entirety:

In the 70′s I asked my grandfather about 3 bullet scars he had on his chest. He told me they were from the war and wouldnt say more. I knew he was from Germany but little else. He never talked much about his past. Some years later I joined the Marines. He was horrified but wouldn’t say more.

In the 90’s He opened up and told me he was a police officer along with most of his family before the war then was put into a reserve army unit during the war. He had dealt with all sorts of criminals but had never drawn his gun. One day his brother came to talk to him and told him about horrible things the army was doing to other germans. He didn’t believe him and one day his brother and mother left. He didn’t see him for a year. Then there was a school bombing. His police unit was sent to get people who were believed responsible for the bombing. They raided many places and killed many criminals They were told that they had lots more explosives and were planning to bomb more schools. One night they raided a warehouse and killed everyone inside. There were at least 50 people there and there was a huge fire fight. Then they went home to sleep.

A few days later he went to visit his best friend who was also his supervisor and saw some photos on the desk. He recognized it as the building that he raided the night before. He also recognized some of the faces n the photos belonging to the mentally disabled kids his mother took care of. Then he saw his mother and brothers faces in the photos. All dead.

He confronted his friend who told him that these were bad people and they deserved to die. My grandfather pointed out that his mother and brother weren’t criminals. His friend said nothing. The next day my grandfather decided to leave germany but was caught by other police and sent back to his unit. His best friend then shot him in the chest 3 times and had him thrown in the landfill. He woke up a few hours later and stumbled into the forest where he was found by some other people trying to escape and they treated him and got him on a boat to sweden.

He never imagined he would ever hurt anyone, yet he did. So don’t believe for a second that soldiers or police wont kill you in a heart beat. They do what they are told.

To which I posted the following heartfelt advise that I now share with you all:

I’m afraid most people do what they think is right based on the information they are given. Like Joe16′s Grandfather(I pray he is at peace). Our police are not any different. NOW is the time to get to know them. Know your local LEO, Hell buy them a cup of coffee. The time is fast approaching when they have orders to look down their sights. Will they see the enemy they were told about or will the see YOU?  Be they guy they know.

No need to talk politics, about your preps( OPSEC is vital as you kno) or about .gov, but just be a known friendly face that they will remember when G-d forbid the time comes. Talk weather and sports, hell even the price of tea in China, just make connections to ensure you, your families and your communities safety. Would you find it easier to shoot an unknown whom you are told is a bad guy or the guy you know to be a good guy?

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  1. Exactly correct. I've been saying this for years. Get involved. Go on ridealongs. Attend your Citizen's Academy. If they don't have one try to convince them to start one (I can help and offer advice). Volunteer. Attend city/county council meetings and ask questions. Know who your officers are and what your department's policies and procedures are. Understand the budget process and where your department's funding comes from and what strings are attached. Know how your officers are equipped and why. Understand their training requirements. We are the police and the police are us. Anything less on our parts is negligence.

  2. That makes a lot of sense. The police in our city have told our neighborhood that when something happens call and make a report every time. (This actually works to your benefit too: it shows you are "not the trouble maker" and you get to know your police department on good terms.) When you see them in the area you wave because you already know them and they drive by your area more often - seeing you even more frequently as a good guy willing to point out trouble in the area. Only call when there are problems though. Then when you do see them when they aren't so busy ask how they are, their family, etc. plus the above. I would rather be their friends than their enemies.