I would think this is the only practical difference. It's the one that matters most. And, since it isn't upstanding citizens who are the threat, they're not the ones to be feared.I like that people can protect themselves when LEOs are not around ...
Where I am located, there are a lot of people that carry concealed.Question: As an LEO, does concealed-carry make a cop's life on the "street" more or less dangerous for you?
Oh sure...ask a "loaded" question. Great responses.For LEO's, only, really. I am interested in whether, from a street cop's point of view, the advent of relatively widespread concealed-carry by citizens is making it tougher or easier to be out there as an LEO.
Question: As an LEO, does concealed-carry make a cop's life on the "street" more or less dangerous for you?
Good words...Thank you for your service!If a private citizen neutralizes a bad guy before I get there, then I am safer in that particular case. These are not common occurrences for me, but it does happen. If the turd is subsequently incarcerated, then that particular turd cannot endanger me in the near future, and if he is buried, he is permanently out of my way.
Otherwise, I don't see CC'ers as making me substantially safer. Wise and alert CC'ers mostly make themselves and other private citizens safer. Stupid or untrained CC'ers can make things worse.
If we assume CC drives down the crime rate, then I, as an LEO, will simply have more time for proactive patrolling, instead of reactive report writing. Proactive patrolling can get me killed just as surely as arriving first, reactively, to an in-progress call. Example: Much of the illegal drugs from Mexico pass through my beat on US-59. Those shipments have escorts. Think of a malevolent Bandit, as in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movie. A sergeant was killed a few years ago near my beat by just such a "Bandit." If CC contributes to a drop in local crime, giving me more time to be proactive, I am MORE likely to stop a Jones Valencia; more likely to encounter a "professional" Colombian gunman than Joe Spit the car burglar.
Not that I am complaining. I would love to catch the bigger fish more often.