Are Law Enforcement Officers required to protect citizens from danger?
On the side of many law enforcement vehicles you’ll see the phrase “To protect and serve.” But is that what they really do?
This is not a post bashing cops, I’m not sure what kind of society we’d be living in without someone enforcing the law.
But that’s what they do, law enforcement. How ridiculous is it to view police officers as body guards?
Don’t think that’s your particular mindset? Answer this simple question:
Are you able to protect yourself from bodily harm from another person?
If you answered yes, bravo…you’ve earned yourself a gold star in the school of self-defense and possibly even a longer life.
The other Side of the Coin
However, if your go-to defense is 9-1-1, well then, I’ve got some bad news for you.
In the time that it takes for your “bodyguard” to show up to work, you could already be badly injured, or even worst, dead. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
Starting today, you need to change your way of thinking. Take time to really think about how you would handle a potentially violent situation. If you’re a parent, how would you protect your children? Have a family emergency plan and be sure to have age appropriate discussions with them about it.
It works. I know from experience. I couldn’t be any more proud of my son and how he handled a gun situation with a neighborhood kid when he was only 7 years old. He made it home unharmed due to the frequent chats I’ve had with him about gun safety. He knew to leave the area immediately without bringing attention to himself or the gun, and came straight home.
Police officers are responders. The only time they are really capable of preventing a crime is when they are at the right place at the right time.But just like I wouldn’t gamble my house note on a game of black jacks, neither would I bet my life on being rescued in the nick of time by the boys in blue. It’s just not how I’m wired. And neither should you.
It’s YOUR life. It’s YOUR responsibility to protect it.