I hear from officers all the time who state that they focus on their families and their private life. They answer their calls as dispatched but don’t really care about their J.O.B. anymore. Cool deal but if you don’t care about and focus on the preparation for and the perils of the street you may never make it home to them. The C.P.A. down the street can maybe afford to leave his work at work but they don’t have a national memorial for C.P.A.’s murdered in the line of duty in Washington, D.C. There is little concern about a trend of C.P.A.’s getting ambushed by armed suspects just because they’re certified public accountants. An accountant who doesn’t give a f*%# and engages in sloppy number crunching may lose business – a cop with DIRGAF can get himself and others killed. The “proof in the pudding” on this topic is the number of guns and dope removed from suspects during the booking process at the county jails and the amount of contraband found by squared away officers who inspect their patrol vehicle backseats prior to their tour of duty. A plastic baggie of dope is one thing, finding a gun or knife is another matter entirely. Sloppy searches kill cops and are usually performed by, you guessed it, cops that “don’t give a f*%#.”
I.G.A.F. – I Give A F*%#!
Yeah, I care. I care about you my Brothers and Sisters in Blue (Black, Brown, White and Green whatever color uniform you wear)! Sometimes I’ve been accused of caring too much. “KD,” they say, “you worry too much. It will be alright.” Justifying poor, little or no training; crappy or lack of equipment, lack of leadership and direction from the top, facilities that are in disrepair or sorely lacking – they say, “You just have to let it go.” “That will be the day,” is my response. My passion for law enforcement training and keeping officers alive is my driving force. I have seen the positive effects of officers exposed to relevant and realistic training programs. Too many officers have commented to me that training saved their life for me to back down my concern and caring about my mission.
I’ve seen how effective a properly motivated, trained, prepared and well equipped officer can be on the streets and how they can prevail in dire circumstances. I’ve also seen how ill motivated and ill prepared officers have curled up into fetal positions and taken a beating or worse.
Take an active part in your own survival. Work each day to properly educate, train and prepare yourself to ensure your own survival – care. Pierce Brooks listed Apathy as #10 on his Ten Deadly Errors and stated it was, “A deadly disease for the cynical veteran police officer.” We all have rough days and sometimes it’s good to walk away from an issue or problem at work to maintain your sanity and keep your blood pressure down. But apathy or not caring is a disease endemic to service providers. An uncaring clerk at the cable TV service counter can render poor service; an uncaring lawman exposes not only himself but every other Brother and Sister in blue to risk. D.I.R.G.A.F. in L.E. can lead to D.E.A.T.H. where you are certainly free of cares of this world!
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Kevin Davis is a full-time officer assigned to the training bureau where he specializes in use of force, firearms and tactical training. With over 23 years in law enforcement, his previous experience includes patrol, corrections, narcotics and he is a former team leader and lead instructor for his agency's SWAT team with over 500 call-outs in tactical operations.