I don’t know how many times I have heard, “I hate the f**king police, they are nothing but pigs…” or something of a similar vain.

I have been subject to various rants from people who whinge and carry on about how unfair and arrogant the cops are — usually the rant is sprouted by someone who is, in that moment, coming across just as ignorant as the subject of their accusation.

Their ignorance further becomes evident by their inability to grasp the fact that police do not make the law their job is just to enforce the law.

I once held a debate with a past friend via facebook who kept insinuating that police fabricate information to protect perpetrators. This went on for some 200+ posts where two members of the police force (both a Victorian Police officer and a New South Wales officer) gave their (educated and between them more than 40+ yrs experience in the force) 2c on the issue. This woman kept insisting to no avail and without proof or real foundation of an argument – just that all cops were bastards.

I am not an idiot, I know police corruption has existed within the Australian Police force and probably still exists within some police officers, but you can look at any organisation in the entire world and find corruption inside the doors, it doesn’t mean the majority needs to be tarred with the same brush. I don’t think it would at all be a leap for me to say that the vast majority of Australian Police officers do their job.

These rants that come from morons who ignorantly sprout off all the injustices that are dealt to them by the police are coming from a place of anger after they were caught; BREAKING THE LAW!

Once I listened to someone complain emphatically to me (knowing that I am close with two police officers) about receiving two fines for speeding and illegal car lighting. And wow, how very dare the ‘arsehole’, ‘arrogant pig’ officer deliver those fines, considering the offender didn’t speed that much and the police should be out catching real criminals. 

And this is what makes me mad.

Did you exceed the speed limit?” “Yes.”

“And did you have those awful, bright, douchebag coloured lights beneath your car?” “yes”

WELL THEN YOURE A REAL CRIMINAL!

How hard is this to understand?

There are police departments that take care of different areas of crime. There is a traffic and roads unit, there is a drugs unit, there is homicide, there is forensics, there are detectives — the list goes on.

There is not one crime that constitutes a ‘real criminal’ any more than another, if you break the law you are committing a crime thus you are real criminal.

Best reply I’ve heard from a police officer?

Criminal driver: “Why don’t you go and find real criminals!”
Police officer: “No thanks, I’m happy with the one I’ve got right here.”

If you were not doing the wrong thing then you would not be claiming injustice and insulting people who are just enforcing the law (not making it up as they go) and doing their job.

Yes, I admit it, I speed sometimes. If I got caught though (and I have been) and if a police officer spoke firmly and bluntly to me (and they have and do), I’d accept it as a deterrent from committing the same crime again. Is a mother going to ask her obscenely behaved child to refrain by gushing; ‘oh honey, I know you enjoyed behaving awfully, but it’s annoying so please if you don’t mind, I’d like to ask that you don’t do it anymore.’

No.

And nor is a police officer. Don’t expect to be pandered, they’re not there to be nice to you after you’ve committed an offence.

I’ve had three fines in my time and I’ve worn those fines gracefully and while it’s annoying that I’m stuck with a $200-odd speeding fine, I accept that I did the wrong thing to begin with and it’s no use passing the blame on to someone else.

And so…if you hate the police so much, but who will you call when you are in trouble?

I’d be interested to find out.