Whatever Happened to Peace Officers?Submitted by end.the.fed on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 01:25
"So how did we go from “peace” officers to “police” officers to “law enforcement” officers anyway? How did we go from “protect and serve” to “escalate and harm”? And what is behind the militarization of police departments and the rise of the warrior cop, as one writer terms it?
Well, as Austrians and libertarians we should hardly be surprised, and we certainly don’t need a sociological study to understand what’s happening. The deterioration in police conduct, and the militarization of local police forces, quite simply and quite predictably mirrors the rise of the total state itself.
We know that state monopolies invariably provide worse and worse services for more and more money. Police services are no exception. When it comes to your local police, there is no shopping around, there is no customer service, and there is no choice. Without market competition, market price signals, and market discipline, government has no ability or incentive to provide what people really want, which is peaceful and effective security for themselves, their families, their homes, and their property. As with everything government purports to provide, the public wants Andy Griffith but ends up with the Terminator."
As someone in their 20s, this is very apparent to me. I've seen police officers be some of the biggest tramplers of rights time and time again. Speaking to older generations I find it hard to convey this to them, as they seem to think it is just a few bad apples making the rest look bad. I always looked at it the other way. It's the majority who are bad apples, giving the few who take the oath to the constitution they take serious a bad name.
Obviously there was a time the average citizen respected the work of police officers, or as they were once called peace officers. What do you guys think? Is it the excessive amount of laws on the books that create environment for police to run rampant? Or is this the inevitable outcome of a state-run "protection" department? I know way too many people who would rather not call police, than to deal with the headache that ensues when you do. Will private security firms fix this issue? Or is there a way to reign in rogue police officers who shoot and kill unarmed Americans on what seems like a daily basis? When police continually are acquitted of murder, or not even tried, it gives every cop out there a belief they can get away with it as well.