Train kids as well as cops to avoid tragedy
California now has new “guidelines” for how peace officers must behave when confronted with people they fear are trying to kill them.
That’s great, I guess, even though cops in this state have been training for these situations using increasingly realistic simulators and other techniques since before I was constable in the early 1970s.
What I didn’t see or hear from Gov. Gavin Newsom was any suggestion aimed at the primary reason these tragedies occur.
Which, as I have noted before in this space, is how people should conduct themselves to avoid these dangerous situations.
That would involve using common sense, which seems to have all but disappeared in this world.
I had a friend years ago who had a degree in psychology from UCLA who told me that common sense was bunk.
He later shot himself after being caught by his wife after she caught him sharing his philosophy, complete with demonstrations ( homework?), with another woman.
What many people who have not been in law enforcement do not seem to understand is that it is a very dangerous profession. It’s that way to keep danger away from the rest of us.
Officers are more concerned for their safety as are many of the people they encounter based on their training and reality.
What may seem to a civilian like innocent behavior in a dark alley at 3 a.m. can be construed as a life-and-death situation to a cop. And vice-versa.
Which is why, WHY, the civilian should not do any thing stupid and should obey the officer’s requests, no matter how important you may think you are and what you may think of the whole concept of armed peace officers.
With an open mind, look at most of the incidents that brought about this new law, beginning with the one in Missouri, and you will see that the person who lost his life could have prevented that happening by just dropping an attitude and behaving with some good sense.
Instead of sticking a gun in a police officer’s car.
Gimme a break. Yes, there are cops who do dumb things, like the Los Angeles County deputy who faked being shot last week.
He should be sent the bill for that fiasco.
One of our officers back in the old days, a person who never should have been hired in the first place, took his own life after he was fired.
I am a member of a generation that was the first to receive classroom and practical training in how to drive safely, at Antelope Valley High in about 1952.
In those days completing such a class was required to earn a California driver’s license.
Now it seems that practical training is beginning to take over basic education.
Students will face a new class in “ethnic studies” if California politicians ever decide how that can be done without hurting anyone’s feelings — which is the reason for the class in the first place.
Years ago my sister taught “parenting” classes, which was right up her street after raising a daughter and two sons after her husband left her. All three of the kids are successful adults who contribute to society as a nurse, school vice-principal, and a supervising park ranger.
She raised them while working full-time and earning a college degree in her “spare” time.
Back in the ’50s we had a class at AV called “senior social problems,” apparently a follow-on to the new sex education classes.
The highlight of our class was when a girl from Mojave named Donna and I participated in a mock marriage ceremony one afternoon.
I have no idea where she is these days — we haven’t kept in touch.
I am serious about bringing cops who can relate to teenagers into classrooms to try to make them think twice so that their parents will not have to tell a TV reporter that little Terry was a perfect boy who never did anything to make a cop shoot him because the object he pointed at the officer in that dark alley was a toy or a cellphone or a screwdriver, and wonder why that uncaring officer, who will never get over what he or she did, couldn’t tell the difference from a real gun.
On another topic, I love computers and was an early adopter.
But some businesses drive me nuts with their crappy and unhelpful websites.
Like UPS. I bought something from Amazon last week and, after ordering it, learned that I would not need the item anymore.
I informed Amazon immediately and my request was handled with their usual digital aplomb.
Getting UPS to cancel the shipment was something else.
Despite going through a whole bunch of poorly designed webpages, none of which answered the simple question of “how do I cancel a delivery?”
I finally typed a notice to the driver along with my Amazon return label and taped it to the area on our porch where they leave our packages. That worked.
Thanks, Antelope Valley Hospital
My wife recently spent a week in Antelope Valley Hospital, and we want to express our appreciation to everyone who helped make her stay comfortable.
From the folks in the ER to everyone else, including the volunteers and maintenance folks, who helped make our stay there as pleasant as such an experience can be, we say thanks.
We also want to commend the kitchen for preparing and serving some of the best food we have ever enjoyed, especially the Mexican food.
It was a delightful change from my experience there several years ago when I got one meal whose contents I have still been unable to identify. And didn’t eat.
If I had one compliant it would be the WiFi — even the nurses were searching for a decent signal for their really cool rolling work stations.
Again, to everyone, a sincere and satisfied thank you.