One of the really unique things about law
enforcement is how any given call can be handled a thousand different
It's a beautiful day, and you're on patrol in
a bustling suburban town when a call comes over. You are dispatched to an
intersection for a report of two men in orange jump suits wearing black
hoods over their faces. They are reportedly just standing around the
You make your way over and find the duo. Sure
enough, both are donning orange, jail-type jumpsuits and have black
hoods over their faces. One is on his knees with his hands behind his
back as if he were bound. The other is holding a sign opposing the
war. It's clear that they are protesters.
Other than showing their sign to passing motorists,
they are not bothering anyone.
How would you handle this call?
The video below shows this exact call being handled
but not from the perspective of the officer. It was shot by one of the
Take a moment to watch the video:
How do you think the officer did?
Judging by the most of the comments under the video (on the YouTube
site), he did very well from the perception of the public.
Most in law enforcement would agree.
He was disarming, friendly, and seemed to be unfazed by the fact that
he was being recorded. He even found a way to compliment the two
men without necessarily subscribing to their crusade. He
accomplished his inquiry and allowed them to go on their way and left
them feeling more positive about law enforcement.
He gave a great example as to how community policing is more than
just a dance for the nicer areas and nicer people of town. He used
a softer approach and was very successful.
We've all see videos where officers utilize tactics, and command
presence and force that are often not understood by the public but are
We must control the situation. We must own the scene.
But in other videos, we have sometimes seen arrogance, rudeness, and
even anger when none appeared to be necessary. And these incidents
usually end badly for the officer in one way or another.
Today, there are literally hundreds of videos on Youtube of officers
handling calls: some good, some not so good. Our day-to-day
performance is under more scrutiny than ever before.
And, candidly, some of us could use work on our people skills.
This job is all about people, and the successful cops of the future will
be those that can adapt to different situations and different people.
This video was a great example of both. For the record, the
officer appeared to be a state trooper with the Illinois State Police,
and the video was shot several years ago.
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Everything a police officer should want to be.
Yeah the officer handled it fine. The liberal yuppie in the orange
jumpsuit is annoying though. Everyone would be better off if he was
working instead of standing around wasting his day on this frivolous
What an outstanding job. I would take five guys like that on my
squad over five testosterone heads any day.
Textbook way to handle the call.
That was outstanding!
Perfect ! Perfect example of how to
act, Good job.
That was excellent. He has a
good personality for this job.