De-escalation training and political correctness is undermining the effectiveness of law enforcement
By Trey Rusk
If you have read my website home page, then you know that I don't believe in being politically correct. I think political correctness has replaced common sense and sometimes glosses over matters that need to be seen in a bright light.
Law enforcement has changed to the point that officers are being taught how to be politically correct.
A suspect of a crime is now a person of interest.
If you ask any detective worth their salt, he/she will tell you that a Suspect is a Suspect. They are the same thing but Person of Interest sounds less abrasive. Maybe the phrase soothes the suspect and convinces the public to be less judgmental. Less judgmental? As an officer trying to locate a violent criminal, I want the public to be judgmental, aware of the danger and to call immediately if they spot the suspect.
De-escalation is another example of political correctness gone mad.
Imagine being the responding officer to the scene of a disturbance. Upon arrival a man claiming to be an alien has two people held against their will and is brandishing a sword. As you approach he threatens to kill everyone around him and advances toward you. Under de-escalation rules, you should retreat and calmly talk to the suspect. In my opinion, you should drop this hostage holding criminal like a bag of dirty laundry in an effort to save their lives. (see video on the home page.) It's simple. De-escalation should be left to the SWAT Team hostage negotiator. Responding officers should immediately make the citizens' safety the priority.
Split second decision making comes with the job. Believe me, if your decision is wrong and the two hostages had been slashed or stabbed while you try to de-escalate the situation then you, the police officer will be left holding the bag. Some politically appointed liberal police chief will hang you out to dry.
Not being politically correct doesn't mean you have to be mean spirited. It just brings common sense back into the situation equation.
De-escalation and political correctness are the vestiges left over by nearly a decade of nightmares for law enforcement. Things are improving. We only need to remove the liberal prosecutors and Chiefs of Police who were appointed during this era.
I recommend doing your job with an emphasis on right vs wrong. Protecting the public and being fair in your on the scene judgement. People are people and they fuck up on a regular basis. If they didn't, the police wouldn't exist.
Please be careful out there.
That's the way I see it.