"Everybody hates authority, and
everybody knows how to do your job
better than you." ~ Barry M. Baker
There's a reason why older people look at
things differently from those who are
younger... it's called experience.  I don't
regret a single day of my career;
although, it's not a career I'd like to
begin over knowing only what I knew
then.  Beginning any job with no prior
experience is difficult, but being a new
police officer is like being in a
no man's
.  You won't realize it at the time,
because... you're young and
inexperienced.  Incredibly, some police
officers never make it out of
no man's
.  More incredibly, some of those
police officers actually survive while
others do not.  Those survivors are only
proof that wisdom does not always grow
with experience.

As a new police officer, you're going to
be entrusted with a lot of power.  
However, more than ever before, that
power is under scrutiny and... attack.  A
police department is the flash point of
any government, and politicians exercise
more active control over police
departments today than in the past.  
Two things are happening:  Police
departments are becoming younger, and
political interference is increasing.  There
are two more things you must never
forget:  Everybody hates authority, and
everybody knows how to do your job
better than you.  In any society, there is
an inherent fear and distrust of
authority.  It's always been that way, and
it will remain that way forever.

We are fortunate to live in a republic with
democratic institutions; although, a lot of
people seem to forget that without
civilian police authority, the republic and
its institutions would cease to exist.  
Setting aside those critics who are
thoughtful and balanced, there's a lot of
dangerous people out there. A lot of
them are educated, financially and
politically influential, and they're rabid
police haters.  That's why
no man's land
is more dangerous than ever.  
No Man's
Copyright © 2018  Barry M. Baker