in certain areas, one is more likely to be shot at once in your career as an officer than not.
Well, then deploy special forces. (I need to clarify - I would not consider any kind of a military the force of first resort; there are units within police forces with varying degrees of authority, training and equipment, and scaling up the intensity of the police operation is what I would do first to alleviate the immediate problem before immersing myself in identifying and removing the causes of such social disturbance, which in any case is the long-term objective of the collective effort of the society of which the police force is part.)
I excluded from the definition of an average police officer any unit that is deployed in a duty that by its nature is subject to higher risk - these are the special units to which I refer. In this sense, if an ordinary police officer can expect to get fired upon, then there's a problem.
Let's take a look at the warzone bit:
If getting shot at was something that you expect to happen to you during the course of your job (and if your job isn't that of a soldier deployed in or near a combat zone, ) then you've certainly got a lot to complain about and every right to do so.
So you can see that I started by immediately pointing out the most obvious type of profession in which you wouldn't complain about a high risk of coming under fire. I excluded the more intense kinds of police duties for the same reason: I wanted to look at ordinary cops doing their ordinary duty.
edited 8th Dec '11 5:22:08 PM by BestOf
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