I just want to state for the record that I debated whether or not to say anything but did so for 2 reasons, well 3 really, because @miette057 encouraged me too for the same reason as my initial line of thought - to give you guys a heads up that individuals have become emboldened by these chants of “Defund the Police”. Obviously there have been incidences of police violence or if wouldn’t be an issue up for debate. I did not mean to make this a Defund/defend debate. Obviously I’m the record now as defend, but I am also for retraining and better deescalation tactics. But I feel like I have a better understanding of the problem facing many police officers today having just encountered an extreme example of it myself (and do not mistake this to be a justification for killing of unarmed individuals) - it’s called burnout. They’re burnt out. I’m burnt out. B is burnt out. And I’m sure many of you must be, at least from time to time. Burnout leads to bad decision making and mistakes which can be deadly. In my case, it was rushing out the door at the first Cha Cha Cha and running into the horror movie guy with the chainsaw. Or in this case, power drill and unidentified sharp spikey thing, possibly a nail pull. B’s mistake was pursuing the guy and taking his photo. There is really nothing that can be done with that in a city with a high crime rate and calls to defund the police. All we could have done is tack it up in the neighborhood and tell our neighbors to keep an eye out. And for a police officer, burnout can lead to tragic errors like mistaking a cell phone for a firearm.
The main takeaway from this isn’t so much “get more weapons and run drills” - although you can bet I will certainly be doing both. But the main lesson here is “how can we manage life and stress to avoid burnout?” This is will be a big discussion for B & I to try to answer together. We have already been trying to work on ways to avoid it, but it has been very difficult due to the events of this year, personal losses for both of us, and a disruption in commerce and work force right at a time when we were looking to make a transition. So have to find a way and fast to avoid burnout and plan better. I’ve been prepping for over a year, but I see now that I have a long ways to go. Time to kick it into high gear.