By Chief Paul M. Walters (Ret.)
Senior Associate with the Center for Public Safety Management
Before the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, there were a growing number of people questioning the need for the militarization of police. Seeing law enforcement effectively use a military-grade vehicle while utilizing heavy duty weapons to eliminate the terrorist threat seems to have quelled many of those concerns.
But some still question how a full-time, highly trained military type police unit can operate in a community-based police department. Some might argue it seems counter-intuitive at best because the two naturally feel to be at conflict with the other.
I could not disagree more. In reality, a highly trained military type police unit is a critical element in a department’s ability to protect the community they serve. Read More & Share