Police and Funding

Police officers in America receive at best 24 hours of training per year. This is a startling statistic.

I write this article as a former military police soldier who spent 5 years on active duty.        

De-funding the police is a common theme in America today.  I would argue rather than de-fund the police America should overwhelmingly fund the police.  De-funding the police only brings about lack of training and bad hires. Psychological, intelligence and physical traits would suffer.

24 hours of additional training per year.

The average police officer receives an initial 6 months of training before they hit the streets.  This is comparable to the military’s military police corps.  The difference is the training received once the officer is sworn in.  Police officers in America receive at best 24 hours of training per year.  This is a startling statistic.  Military training works in cycles.  It is not uncommon for a military police soldier to spend months per year just training. 

A military police battalion charged with upholding law enforcement at a Fort is comprised of about 700-1000 soldiers.  Local police departments do not have the manpower or the funds to hire and train there officers. Substantial funding would be needed for police to receive the appropriate training on par with the military.

Being a police officer is the hardest job on the planet, especially in America. The amount of stress an officer is under day in and day out can certainly take an emotional toll. Police become desensitized to the world around them. Regular psychiatric evaluations should be required to make sure an officer is stable to perform his or her duties.  Being a police officer might not be a 20+ year career as some may not be able to undergo the psychological rigors of the job. 

College education

College education is important when looking at potential new hires.  Generally, you only need a HS diploma or GED to qualify. I argue a bachelor’s degree should be mandatory for new hires.  Why?  Not all police will make it 20 years; there should be away for officers to integrate into other fields of police support. 

Forget about a degree in law enforcement.  Degrees in social work, psychology or sociology may be a better fit.  These degrees are a solid foundation for an officer to build upon as they enter different stages in their career. Ongoing education should be a priority for every officer.  A master’s in social work or an MA in counseling would give the officer the ability to become a licensed therapist working with the department to perform non-patrol duties.

Policing is a community function of intimacy not an “us vs. them” mentality.

Just as there are nearly 1000 soldiers in a military police battalion not all perform police duties.  Local departments would have a wide range of experts to handle the day to day challenges of police work.  An officer could move into a more specialized role continuing their careers. These experienced specialists would be able to set the tone for new hires. Policing is a community function of intimacy not an “us vs. them” mentality.

Physical fitness and unarmed combat.

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang suggested that a police officer should have at least a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ).  Police like the military would be subject to regular fitness along with hand to hand combat testing. Police must feel comfortable and confident without relying on their firearm.

   

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Ignorance, Politics and Evangelicals

Fears of God’s wrath and judgment have been the name of the church game gaining them billions of dollars over the centuries.

Strange times; Ignorance, politics and Evangelicals.  Historians will look back on current state of affairs as one of the most divisive times in church history since reformation.  Times not seen since the Civil War.  At a time when church should be healing the nation the church is aggravating the problem.  Evangelicals have taken sides with an unwavering support for Trump. 

It may be wise to look at the foundations for this mess.  Christian education or lack thereof within the Evangelical community is part of the problem.  Pastors are given a congregation with little to no advanced theological training often attending institutes in which denominational doctrines and dogma are indoctrinated devoid of free thought.  I am not saying that every pastor needs an M.Div.  Some level of graduate education from a non-institute is necessary.

Evangelicals have this idea that Romans 13 applies to our presidents. The idea that the Bible is inerrant has created a disaster.  Presidents are elected based on the sovereign vote of the people. Presidents are just the lingering effects monarchies.

Fear, The Name of the Church Game

Fears of God’s wrath and judgment have been the name of the church game gaining them billions of dollars over the centuries.   This does not have to be this way.  The Evangelical Deep State is usurping power taking back the good news of Christ to a nation in ignorance. Christianity Today is doing their part. We seek to bring the light of God to all people, no exceptions.  Why?  Everybody wants to be right.

What is right?  What is good or bad theology?  I do not know, I do not have a definite stance, nor will I ever because most questions are unknown.  Pastors take positions and adhere to them, forcing them on their congregation.  Could a pastor at the end of a sermon tell their people that they could be wrong?  I would; however the pastorate has eluded me.  If I do find myself leading a congregation, there will always be an asterisk stating I could be wrong.

Finally what can we do to come together?  Well if I knew exactly how to do that this message would gain more traction.  However I do believe that I am on to something.  Our country needs to come together in love and harmony.  I do not have a problem with differing beliefs in fact I welcome them.  I do have a problem when these beliefs have divided a nation in such a way not seen since the mid 1850’s.                                      

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