As you said, no dispute. Next:
Originally Posted by maclean
I was speaking more of the raw recruit pool, than of previously employed officers. Sorry for not being clearer on that. Regardless of the reasoning or reward, the fact still remains that these folks are out of the LEO equation for a period of time due to military service. Extensions on enlistments by the military and re-enlistment incentives being increased also mean that the standard four-year hitch is being lengthened, after which many newly-discharged military personel often seek out law enforcement employment upon their return from service.
2. I think folks who fit this profile simply do not wish to be police officers any more because of the reduced reward. We don't treasure them, we don't pay them, and we ask them to suck shit without paying them or rewarding them. The military then looks like a positive place to stay for those rewards.
I still don't see where you and I differ, with perhaps the exception of motivation. Let's agree that working conditions and rewards of a law enforcement career need improvement. That, I completely agree with you on and is not in debate between us. The fact still remains that the training opportunities for foreign police have presented an option for those officers willing to pursue it, and the demand has led to some leaving domestic departments, at least temporarily.
3. Money... I know some very good officers who fall for this lure, but the fact remains that like in number two above we have created an environ where the desire for service is no longer treasured. I'd be happy to be solvent if I was serving a greater good and was fulfilled thusly.
My post indicated no shifting of blame away from current management, only that these trends have made it more possible for a domestic police officer to seek greener pastures. There was not such an open demand previously; that is, prior to 9/11 and the war against global terrorism. Whether the officers who have left domestic police employment did so as refugees or opportunists, they still left.
I have a minor issue with the way we hire LEO's if you didn't notice, and I think this dearth of LEO's is easily blamed by administrators on the current war on terror. I think the system needs an overhaul, and we need to evaluate what it is we are looking for in the thin blue line.
/reply to /rant: off :)