Sunday, July 26, 2015

Complacency

Even the most mundane encounter can be a life changing event.  A simple traffic stop for a loose license plate and the officer found the terrorist who blew up the Federal Building in Oklahoma City.  Don't let the job become so routine that you forget that.

Burglar alarms are always false.  Until they are not.  Until the burglary call is in the Watergate Hotel and it leads to the resignation of President Nixon.  Even the false alarm might be a real one some day and you have to be ready.

Officers who are killed in the line of duty often have five years or more in the field.  They get complacent.  They stop searching, expecting to find weapons, because they seldom find them.  They stop calling for back up because they never needed it before.  Don't let your guard down; that's what the SGT Says.

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