COMMENTARY · 16th June 2012
It could cause you cancer holding it all the time, but that is part of your job.
Imagine if every holiday and weekend you had to work. Time off is not a guarantee but a gamble.
Imagine every coffee break and lunch hour you got, people stared at you. Imagine those people made snide comments about you taking your coffee break. Comments like taxpayers hard earned money is being spent on your half hour lunch break; regardless of the fact that every Canadian is entitled to breaks.
Imagine if every day was an eleven or twelve hour shift but you might only get paid for ten.
Imagine if out of the five days worked, you only got one lunch break and maybe two coffee breaks. In an entire week!!
But to get a clearer picture you also have to imagine you had no union, no one protecting you.
You must also add that everyday at least one stranger asks you how to raise their children or deal with their failing marriage. It doesn't matter how well you're doing in your own marriage or at raising your own children. It also doesn't matter that you aren't a psychologist of any sort.
Also I should mention you lose your privacy when you take this job. At every corner and every moment, someone is watching you. Imagine the mistakes you've made over the last year at work, but now imagine every one of them is either publicised or at the very least gossiped about.
Now add to that a ridiculous busybody neighbour. She believes you're home all day doing nothing because your work car is in the driveway.
You're not actually working, but you're on call; for free I might add. This is another unpaid bonus of your career.
On top of that little chestnut of glory, also add that in your office there are only one or two workers per shift, per day. Clients have enormous wait times and hate you for it.
Now the icing on that is filled with nuts. Some are regular nuts but some are dangerous. They are poisonous nuts that can kill you if they don't like the rules or regulations you give them. You don't make up the rules; just ensure for safety's sake everyone follows them.
That is a week in the life of the RCMP.
As a public we bitch when you get a single raise in a decade. We bitch when you take a break. We bitch that you don't do enough and that you're over paid. We bitch that you don't do your job right even though none of your training prepares you for the moment where you're lying in a ditch with a dying person. You are the last person to speak to them or hold their hand and tell them it will be okay. We bitch for so many things you do even though we have no idea what it's like to be you. We judge you based entirely upon one persons mistakes with a taser gun.
And even though we bitch you do it all again every day.
I, as a Canadian, may call you names and say horrid things, but you will protect me when I need you. I won't thank you when you do and in fact may call your Sgt on you, but you will come again to help me when I need you.
That is a dedication to the job many people will not ever understand, I am one of those people.
I had a job like that.
Comment by Janice Robinson on 21st June 2012
I worked in a plywood mill, on the Fraser River at Vancouver, for eight years. As soon as the whistle blew, at 7:30 a.m., we were expected to keep the machinery running and the hot presses loaded until the arrival of the next shift. If we failed to fully load any press, for any amount of time, we would be surrounded by shift foremen, union reps, and office suits. They would just stand there, watching, until the sinning team caught up to the press.
The mill was an oven in the summer, an ice-box in the winter, dusty all the time, and dangerous as hell. Indeed, a workmate was crushed like an orange under a press-loader....and the department was closed just long enough to clean up the reamins and body fluids. Employees without fingers, with conspicuous limps, and other work-related injuries were placed on the "patchers," until retirement to avoid compensation.
Pee breaks? As per the union contract, we received breaks at least every two hours.....for ten minutes (and half an hour for lunch). During those short breaks, we could choose to: eat, smoke, have a coffee, chat, phone home, pee, or poop. We were free to choose.
We were well-paid. So what?!
Comment by MaggieJo Johnson on 18th June 2012
Well, we could always FIRE the RCMP and host personal neighborhood vigilante service instead.
I'm sure with all the broken limbs involved in vigilante style that the perps wouldn' t dare try to re-offend ever again.
Good or Bad Where wold we be without them
Comment by Ray Hallock on 18th June 2012
If the RCMP withdrew service for one week
Would your house be broken in to?
Would your car be broken in to?
Would your family be safe?
Would there be traffic accidents and pedestriam deaths?
Yes Yes and Yes
The only reason you can enjoy life in reasonable peace and safety is because they are there.
If you think people will police themselves then I want some of that stuff you are smoking!!!
Comment by MaggieJo Johnson on 17th June 2012
Is this yet another spoof?
Sorry, but it's been hard these days to delineate on this site what is true and what isn't.
Follow the link to the source. Look at the authors name, then look at the byline. The earlier reference to not understanding "spoof" even had the word "Mirth" in the title. One cannot prepare for all possible comprehension issues.
really - no pee break
Comment by David on 17th June 2012
Nex t time I spot an officer going to the bathroom I'll give him the what for. I respect the RCMP but this is silly.
Comment by Gary Mills on 17th June 2012
This is pure BS IMHO.
Comment by Ed Seal on 17th June 2012
A police officer must be held to a higher standard.Yes we are all human but the job of a police officer and the responsibilities of the job demand that. Personally most cops I've met meet that higher standard.Let them have there breaks.Oh yeah and let's bring back the red serge dress uniform for daily wear.Just a thought thx
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 16th June 2012
Nice of you to enlighten us with your opinion on the job of a police officer. How about telling us what you do for a living so others may critique what you do in return.
I have known a few more than two RCMP officers and I have a completely different opinion of them than you do. It is not a job that I would ever subject myself to given the undesireable, and at times horrifying, situations they have to deal with on a regular basis.
Like any profession there are going to be those who abuse their position but, IMHO, they deserve a lot more respect than they are getting in these comments.
Message to the cops
Comment by Maddox on 16th June 2012
Being a cop isn't hard, it's dangerous. There's a difference. Being an engineer, teacher or airline pilot is hard. Being a logger, deep sea crab fisher, coal miner or firefighter is hard and dangerous. Being a cop is dangerous, but usually not hard. Driving around, issuing chicken-shit tickets and filling out paperwork isn't hard, it's annoying.
This is also the part where I say "now I know that most cops are good," but I don't. I only know two cops in real life, and they're both badass, but so is anyone I choose to call my friend. Most cops I see abuse their power every day by parking illegally, talking on their cellphones while driving, drifting in and out of lanes without turn signals, flashing their lights to get out of intersections and power tripping like crazy. If you're a cop who's reading this, rather than being butt-hurt by people's perceptions of you, do something to change it. Write a fellow officer a ticket. Stick your neck out for us, rather than your colleague for a change. Do the right thing. We notice.
And as for us: record cops. Record them all the time. Record them even if they're not doing anything. Cops are cracking down on this and they're trying to change the laws to make it illegal so they can't be held accountable for breaking the law. They look up your plates every time they're behind you at a stop, even if you haven't done anything, just to check up on you. It's time we started checking up on them.
Comment by clark on 16th June 2012
totally true........a thankless job........an underpaid job.....a sometimes dangerous job....a job that most of us would not want to do, and yet believe that we can criticize at will, without knowing the relevant facts. Thank you from an ordinary citizen.