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Renee in NC

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  1. Here it is $33K to start, with no overtime. They do get comp time, so at some point if they need to take a lot of time off they can. My friend that has been a cop for 12 years makes about $45K. That is not unusual for this area, and he actually makes more than average (which keeps him from switching agencies.)
  2. Orange tips have been required for more than 20 years - it's federal law. The toy gun in the picture has had it removed. ETA: Many do remove them, but I throw toy guns without them away.
  3. Here there aren't enough officers here for quick backup most of the time. They respond to calls alone, which can be difficult. It's harder to de-escalate when it is one indicidual. My friend tells me stories about calls where he had to be creative to de-escalate the situation. He would convince them that their children didn't need to see Daddy fight the police man, or explain to them how much the sheetrock was going to cost to repair if they busted it all up fighting. He would go to serve warrants on holidays where he knew the women of the family (he grew up here) because he knew they
  4. I agree. Or to the wife of someone whose mental health deteriorated greatly after a fairly mild head injury. He ended up commited for more than a week after he was hunting his wife down intending to kill her and then kill himself. If not for insurance paying for it, he would have been barely stabilized and released. Mental health care is for the benefit of everyone.
  5. Knowing your grandmother, I can imagine she was MORTIFIED! (BTW - hello Ruth!)
  6. My friend and I have talked about this quite a bit. There are no physical standards or fitness standards for his agency anymore (or the other two town police forces in our county.) The reason is budget problems. If they had requirements, they would have to provide a place for fitness training, paid time for fitness training, and support for officers who didn't make the cut (much like the military.) Patrol cops tend to be heavier than others here, but they spend HOURS sitting in their cars driving around, and eat a lot of fast food at meals because there aren't a whole lot of other optio
  7. Here they get training a couple of times a year, but it is in the classroom, not tactical (except the SERT team.) They qualify once per year. Some practice shooting other times, some don't.
  8. I went to Walmart earlier for coffee creamer. It was organized chaos. They had lines for various deals, and at the appropriate time they passed them out. I was in and out in 9 minutes with coffee creamer and a ninja turtle pillow.
  9. I just read that on Facebook earlier, and I think he summed it up well. There is a middle ground in what has become a very devisive situation.
  10. If he was running away when the officer shot him, why were none of the shots to his back? I keep reading this various places, but I am not understanding how it could be true.
  11. I would say that it is a combination of sensationalized TV, and the fact that the only cases that are reported are controversial ones. I can only think of two recent (in the past 10 years) deaths related to police in our area. One was a shooter who had shot AT police first, the other was killed by a taser. In the case of the shooting, the man had already shot one person in another county, was randomly shooting at cars as he drove down the road, and shot two police officers when confronted. This is my local police.
  12. I have regular interaction with our local law enforcement, and the majority are white males. I do know several females, though, and I think the gender ratio will change in the future. What I would like to see is more minority law enforcement, but it seems the majority of people going through BLET are white males.
  13. I want to clairfy that this is not the American Bar Association. It was also released immediately after the announcement, so there was not even time for this organization to go through the released evidence. It would be a more effective statement if it had come after a review of the evidence presented.
  14. I don't know about the "uncomfortable for him" part, but I know several cops off the top of my head that carry tasers because they are required to, but won't use them. They are not as effective in a volitile situation as they are in training. In addition, someone who helped build our house years ago was killed when he was tazed, so it isn't always non-lethal. As for the body cameras - I am all for it. It protects everyone in a situation Edited to add - I am impressed by the father, not so much the mother, and definitely not the stepfather.
  15. I will agree that some cops are too ready to fight. My best friend is a cop, and he will tell you that he has had 4 fights in 13 years, and he has never pulled his weapon as a cop. He has a very commanding, intimnidating presence, and he is good at talking people out of being stupid. He has the reputation of being an SOB, but a fair SOB. He leaves his house every morning knowing he could be killed or have to kill someone, and he says a prayer everyday that it doesn't happen.
  16. I brought this case up to my children last night when discussing what was going on in Ferguson. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/01/27/4643483/judge-denies-effort-to-block-grand.html
  17. Never mind. I don't have any reason to debate, and I don't think it will make things better. I'm going to pray for the Brown family, Officer Wilson and his family, and Ferguson as a whole.
  18. I do get that. No one is declared "innocent" at trial - you are either guilty or not guilty (which does not mean innocent.) I don't claim to know much of anything about what happened, and I don't have an emotional stake in it. I'm sorry for Michael Brown's family, I'm sorry for the community, and I am sorry for Officer Wilson, too. As I said above, no one wins in this case.
  19. He did, in effect, get his day in court. The evidence was presented, and the grand jury made its decision.
  20. I agree with you. At the same time, this isn't a "win" for anyone, as Michael Brown was still killed, and Officer Wilson's life was forever changed as well.
  21. Absolutely agree! My kids have been in school for 2 years now, and there aren't any deep friendships. There are a couple here and there, but even then the interaction outside of school is limited. I know now that the deep friendships are not forged in school, but in common afterschool activities. My kids have not been able to take part in any, but I am working on a plan to make it happen this school year.
  22. You have to find the right one. The workout partner I have now shows up and pushes me to do things I wouldn't otherwise do.
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