I tried to start a new thread yesterday, but got too fancy, and messed it up. Thanks to Curt and Stan for helping to clean it up. This will probably be the longest post I will ever enter, but just want to share what I see as a comparison between LEOs today, and those in the tumultuous decade of the 60s. Some may disagree, but did you ever see an LEO who did not have an opinion on just about everything. My views are general in nature but affected by where I was on the street, size of city, and what I observed during the early 60s on through the decade.
Training: I have this as even. Training comes from the times in which we live. That, and most training comes from being on the street.
Weaponry: Current LEOs wins this one hands down.
Equipment: Computer technology, radio systems gives this one to Current LEOs.
Comradery: Again, I give this an even vote.
Less Second Guessing by outsiders: This goes to LEOs in the 60s.
Adminstration Support: By Administration this would include ranking members, and political figures. I give this to the 60s. IADs? Never heard of it during the 60s.
Less societal problems: Goes to the 60s.
Public Support: Ditto to the 60s, and this vote takes into account two riots, plus Vietnam era issues. For all intents, the public in the 60s was fairly quiet, neither negative nor positive.
Laws: Due to less complicated problems, laws were simpler in the 60s, so that gets the nod.
Freedom to police: This really goes to the 60s. If you have about a day, I can tell you why I feel this way. And some things I wouldn't tell you.
Results: Current LEOs, sorry to say you lose in the comparisons, and it is not detrimental to anything you have or have not done. It sure isn't your fault. It is the age in which you are serving. GOD bless our active LEOs. You all need it.