As some may have noted, I am a LEO, but some don't consider me as such.
I've been away from the forum, to formulate what I am wishing to communicate with you all. Let's look at the environment I work in, I will not tell you the agency name, as that's not important. Consider yourself a "Beat Cop". The person that cooks your meal is a convicted felon. The Lauandry Workers are all convicted felons. The Store is run by convicted felons, the Plumber, Electrician, Carpenter, etc, etc. Yeah, I'm talking about a prison.
Now, some states do consider their CO's to be LEO's, most don't. The feds do, much to the dismay of the Director of that agency. They would prefer that all be Social Workers and Counselors. When I say I am a federal LEO, I am not lying, misleading anyone or trying to be something I'm not. Most LEO's that work the streets won't set foot in the environment I work in, for a variety of reasons, but cheifly because they are either scared or consider it beneath them. I've had too many street cops tell me they won't set foot in a prison, let alone work a Housing Unit to not believe it's because of anything but being scared, or contempt of corrections. Being scared is OK, but it's more important as to how you handle it.
Now lets look at the stats for a moment:
Why don't you street officers go to work under those conditions, with that kind of prosecution and assault rate? In my time in corrections, and yes, I do have arrest powers, and I am not referring to inmates as they are already arrested and incarerated, I have been involved in cases involving assault, attempted murder, assault on staff, extortion, gambling, narcotics, prositution and attempted escape. Gee, that's sounding a lot like what you guys on the street deal with isn't it, and yes, I have used force on inmates and civilians within agency policy, and my current agency is not the only one I have worked for.Quote:
Over 33,000 assault per year on Officers
Only 10.9% of those assaults result in prosecution
Over 20% of those assaults require medical attention per Brian Dawe, "American Cop" 2008 edition
Now some have taken issue with the fact that I as a LEO will not intervene on behalf of a third party to a level of their desire. Sorry, but agency policy does in fact dictate my off duty and on duty conduct, just as your's does. You may be required to intervene on behalf of another off duty up to an including using your firearm. I will intervene, only to the level of my choosing, and within agency policy, which most often will only get a 911 call from me unless you are threatening me and mine. BTW: most states would consider calling 911 as taking action if one is off duty.
Some of you seem to think that once the inmate is incarcerated they go on to become model citizens. Let me assure you, those that are niave enough to believe that, that nothing could be further from the truth. Gangs are run from prison and anything that you can find on the "outside" can be found on the inside as well. It just cost more on the inside.
Now some also seem to think that because I have RN behind my name that I am nothing but a nurse. Sorry again, but that just shows how little you really know, as everyone is a Correctional Worker First inside. I have run into housing units that were fighting, used force on inmates, done armed duty at various post and can work a housing unit. Those of you that think we just "babysit" show your arrogance, ignorance and stupidity of how things really are.
Take care and stay safe,