Law enforcement jobs may soon be hard to fill

I wonder in a few years if the biggest threat to law enforcement will be finding individuals who will want to have a career in law enforcement. According to national reports, large metro area police forces are finding it difficult to meet new recruit quotas.
Cases are increasing where law officers are being sued by arrested criminals and law breakers who claim discrimination or unfair treatment. Forgotten is the fact that the arrested party was endangering citizens by violating laws; threatening (and at times succeeding to kill) law officers with a deadly weapon; or refusing to obey an officer’s command. In all fairness there has been evidence in some cases where excessive force has been used and it should be legally brought to light and eradicated. However, we must also remember if law and order is going to prevail, officers should not be browbeaten or intimidated when doing their duty.
I tend to agree with the point made by the Harris County sheriff in Texas after his deputy was gunned down at a service station while re-gassing his cruiser. Just a few weeks ago he said if people are going to demonstrate with banners carrying “Black Lives Matter,” or “White Lives Matter,” we should be realizing “All lives matter.”
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I was glancing through a series of 1965 editorials on a variety of subjects that appeared in newspapers across the United States that year. Some of the subject matter of intimidating law enforcement officers was among those 1965 comments. If we doubt history can repeat itself or some problems take a long time to go away, here were some other subjects that faced our nation back in 1965:
 “Legislation to set standards and broaden the base of unemployment compensation  . . . should not provide a living for persons who just don’t want to work.”
“The small town has traditionally been abandoned by its most promising young people.”
“Once again the United Nations has proven impotent as a peace-loving organization.”
“Members of Congress are beginning to worry about their image as a rubber stamp for the president.”
“The number of troops overseas must be substantially reduced.”
“There are too many football permanent injuries every football season.”
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Now looking forward to next year, an old timer said, “I hear next year’s bathing suits are barely big enough to keep a girl from being tanned where she ought to be.”
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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