Cops Are Experts at Dealing With the Dangerously Insane


Cops tend to see truly crazy people in their one-percent moments, because we see them under stress, where they can’t keep up their mask of sanity.

Every cop with a lot of patrol experience tends to develop a specialty. The specialty comes from getting more than your share of a certain type of call — domestic disturbances, bad crashes, and the like.

This specialty is the ability to accurately identify truly crazy people, those sometimes called “whack jobs” in everyday speak.

Like folks who put aluminum foil on their windows to block the gamma rays from alien spacecraft.

Ann Has a Way with Words
I got more than my share of such folks on the job, and a recent item by syndicated columnist Ann Coulter caused me to reflect on the lessons I’ve learned about these unique individuals.

Coulter wrote, and I quote:

“Since the deinstitutionalization movement got under way in the 1970s, the mentally ill remain mentally ill, but now instead of living in warm, safe institutions, they live out on the streets, in homeless shelters and in soup kitchens, or drift back to their helpless families, occasionally showing up in ‘gun-free zones’ to commit mass murder.

“After the slaughters at Virginia Tech, Aurora, Colo., Tucson, Ariz., and Newtown, Conn., every sentient person knows we need to do something about institutionalizing the mentally ill and — at the very least — keeping guns out of their hands. That happens to be impossible right now. Involuntary commitments even for the severely psychotic went the way of vagrancy laws…

“Of course, the vast majority of mentally disturbed individuals are not dangerous. But looking at it from the other end, more than half of all mass murder is committed by the mentally ill…

“Liberals fear ‘stigmatizing’ the mentally ill more than they fear another mass murder.”

Ann has a way with words.

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About the author:

Dick Fairburn has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience in both Illinois and Wyoming, working patrol, investigations and administrative assignments. Dick has also served as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst and as the Section Chief of a major academy’s Firearms Training Unit and Critical Incident training program. He has a B.S. in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University and was the Valedictorian of his recruit class at the Illinois State Police Academy. He has published more than 100 feature articles and two books: Police Rifles and Building a Better Gunfighter.


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