Ottawa Cop a ticking time bomb?
Many of us do not consider the everyday stress faced by our police force, and indeed law enforcement everywhere. Recently there have been numerous deaths of police officers both in Canada and the United States. Murdered, in my opinion more correctly describes what happened to them. That is something they deal with on a daily basis, never knowing what to expect. After they kiss their wife/husband goodbye and go to work just like many of us do every day, it is not a guarantee they will make it home. Most of us do not have to worry about that. That is a reality for our cops. Now take a moment and think about that. Every time they stop a car, knock on a door, approach a person, could be the last thing they ever do. And we will just read about it in the paper and be outraged. They have to LIVE with that, every day. Some can handle that stress better than others. In fact I read this morning that one officer said that her stress level was so great because she worried people would die because she was not working fast enough. Perhaps a little paranoid, perhaps not. But that’s the way she feels, and thank you very much for caring so deeply. THAT is the kind of cop I want walking the beat around my neck of the woods.
But there are some that do not handle the stress so well and end up becoming the person they have sworn to protect us from. Who’s fault is that? Is there blame to be placed, or just part of the job. I don’t know. What I do know is that the Ottawa Police Chief is in a very tight spot, and he has drawn a line that he is comfortable with and says he won’t cross it. You have to admire his conviction. And I can understand where he is coming from. “Cop reinstated kills 5” not the kind of headline he wants to see in the coming months. Nor do we, but is he being unreasonable? Who can say for sure. But I know this, the possibility is there and until it is not then he is making the right decision. Many officers have spoken up about the cop in question, and aside from this one instance is a credit to the force. That may be true. No one is questioning his past. It is the future that concerns us, and right now we might be better served and protected if he wasn’t armed, and possibly dangerous.