An Officers’ Job Is Not All Guns And Glory Like It Is Perceived

1575 WordsApr 16, 20177 Pages
An officers’ job is not all guns and glory like it is perceived in movies and high crime television shows. What typically happens in a life of an officer is not as action packed as people tend to believe it to be. There are plenty of roles that come into being an officer. In my senior year of high school, I took criminal justice and during the semester, my teacher asked officers to come in and tell their jobs description and what a typical day is like for them. One officer came in with a bunch of tech gear worth thousand of dollars. She explained to us that she spent most of her time in front of a computer catching criminals online. Even though the roles of an officer can be different it does not mean that being an officer is not a…show more content…
When William C. Rainford became an officer at the age of 22 years old, he was not as educated as he now wished he could have been. His beat was in Central California “in a predominantly Hispanic community with deep poverty and violent gangs” (Rainford). During Rainford’s time as an officer, he worked in community policing. Community policing is when an officer “[…]walks the streets on foot and forms relationships with citizens” (Why). As a young white man with a wealthy background Rainford was in the middle of a culture shock. A college education can aid officers with being socially and culturally aware of citizens from different groups of ethnicities and backgrounds (Why). Rainford was not able to understand or connect with the culture of the people he was ordered to protect and serve, which caused a sense of distrust and a lack of respect on both sides. Rainford admits that how he did his job was “[…] tainted by my negative perceptions of people who neither looked nor sounded like me” (Rainford). With a college education students are exposed to different backgrounds and a great amount of diversity that they can become accustomed to and learn to understand something that is different from what they are used to. Officers with a college education “will see human diversity not as a threat, but as context to be understood, a strength to be celebrated, a difference that doesn’t mean a division” (Rainford).
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