Good Cop/Bad Cop: Let’s Report Both


Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant visits new baby with police teddy bear CBC

Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant visits new baby with police teddy bear CBC

These days you don’t have to look too far or hard to find news about police behaving badly. Incidents in Ferguson. Missouri and on Staten Island, New York have been top of the news for months now. So it was nice to see some front-page news of cops doing good. Very early Christmas morning Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant of the Service de police de la ville de Montréal and his partner assisted in the delivery of a baby. I say assisted as I believe the mother actually delivered the wee lad, but the officers did all the right things.

If we are going to be critical of poor, unacceptable policing, then it behooves us as a society to be just as outspoken regarding the good work done.

In another case, police were stopping law-abiding motorists and presenting them with $100-bills! The cash was donated anonymously with a request to have the cops distribute it.

Our media pays close attention to police wrongdoings, as it should. But it is my belief that those episodes are dwarfed by the number of positive interactions between police and citizens that occur daily. All too often we take these in stride. If we are going to be critical of poor, unacceptable policing, then it behooves us as a society to be just as outspoken regarding the good work done.

Const. Amélie Brien gives a driver $100 CBC

Const. Amélie Brien gives a driver $100 CBC

We must be vigilant of law enforcement, setting the bar higher for police officers than for average citizens due to two main reasons. Firstly, as a society we train police officers and enfranchise them with the authority to detain and arrest. Secondly, we allow them to publicly bear arms (I am writing about Canada).

In my opinion the vast majority of police officers understand these powers that have been bestowed upon them and wield them with the utmost of respect. But the last time I looked most law enforcement officials were fallible human beings just like the rest of the members of society (I say most, because some are dogs, some horses). While, for the benefit of all, including the majority of good cops, we must continue to monitor law enforcement, that scrutiny should reflect the good as well as the bad.

DCS_Grad_2 DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

 

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