Quote: Originally Posted by L Gilbert
Or is it just that the newsmedia prefers to stress the bad instances and keep hush on the instances of the good that the police do?
I suspect this is true of many professions. My brother saved a stabbing victim by choosing to carry him to his cruiser and drive him to the hospital rather than wait for the ambulance (as is proper procedure). No one not directly involved with that heard a thing about it I'm sure. I didn't even know until I was visiting and the man accosted us in the street, thanking my brother and telling me what happened. My brother's pretty quiet and seemed embarassed by the attention. He's been in the RCMP for about 5 years now without any complaints. He's the last person who could be described as a schoolyard bully. I'm the one who punched a kid at school that was calling him names (I was in kindergarten at the time, he was in the second grade). He just ignored it. He's always been that way. I think he needs to stand up for himself more in general and with his wife in particular, but that's another story
. My dad was a cop for over 30 years and never shot or tased anybody either.
I've met a lot of jerk cops (I was surrounded by mounties until I left home), but I don't think they have a higher porportion of jerks than any other profession. I've met WAY more jerk doctors and nurses.
Even then, I think the good hugely outweigh the bad, but no one wants to report on that. I currently work in what I would consider to be an excellent hospital. I love it and plan to stay there as long as they'll have me. It's the first place I've worked in a long time that is truly focused on good patient care above all other considerations. It's not about egos, administrative bs, money, etc. Our families are overwhelmingly pleased with the care they receive. We routinely get them coming back to drop off cards or sweets to say thank you. But, we were on the local news a lot because John Ritter died there. That's all people hear about. I've had people ask me where I work and it's the first thing that comes out of their mouths ("oh, where john ritter died?").