As of late, there have been several posts on blogs I read about the Police. The posts vary in the intensity of the loathing, but one thing is clear - survivalists do not like the Police.
I have a hard time with this one... I do not view the men and women who swear to protect and serve as the enemy. I do not think they start each day thinking of some way to jack with a person's life and give them a hard time. I just dont - not any more than I think most people wake up thinking those thoughts.
Face it, Police departments are made up of citizens - all kinds. Some Citizens are absolutely Constitution LOVING Patriots while some are real jerks. Some Citizens have issues which make them more likely to have an attitude when given any authority - some look to their job as a calling.
That is not to say I dont think someone can have a horrible, rotten, no good very bad day, that there arent rotten apples in the bunch or that some are really thugs - I just think that the jerks are few and far between....
I think how you interact, where you are and what you are doing determines to a GREAT degree which Police Citizen you will get. Take a "I pay your salary with my taxes" attitude and you are probably going to have some problems. Take a kind, direct, respectful approach and I can almost guarantee things will go better.
I also bet it depends where you live - sorry, but the truth - I bet the Police who are used to breaking up domestic disturbances, hearing gunshots all hours, having things thrown at their car are a little more cranky than the Police who get missing dog calls and the occasional vandalism complaint.
This is a thankless job - they are damned if they do and damned if they dont. People have no idea how much crime has been thwarted, but they complain the second something is stolen with a "where were you."
When crisis comes - how torn they must feel - To know they swore to protect and serve but also the strain of leaving their very own families to protect another.
Your best bet is to do what you are supposed to do.
Make sure your car is in working order and all lights work.
Obey the speed limit.
Do not drive impaired. Doing your drinking at home would solve TONS of problems....
Know your rights - This Constitution we love gives you amazing protection - know it - know what you can and cant do.
Show respect. You may be absolutely in the right, but taking a haughty attitude wont get you where you want to go which is home.
Use your manners.
Pay attention to where you are and what time it is - the same street can be 2 entirely different worlds at midnight and noon.
If you cannot call a Police person a friend, make one a friend.... Both sides seeing the other as real people would go along way to thwarting problems (I have now used "thwart" twice is a post - its a record.)
Pray, Praise and Prepare.....and today - Police