Facebook Forum: Weighing in on 'millennial' police recruits
Do you think there's a law enforcement generation gap, and is it a problem?
By PoliceOne Staff
A recent P1 article on the "me generation" and its effect on the future of law enforcement sparked an interesting and, at times, heated discussion on our Facebook page. As some people voiced their complaints about a new class of police recruits who are whiny and disrespectful, others came to their defense. Tell us what you think in the comments section.
Q: Do you think there's a law enforcement generation gap, and is it a problem?
A: The millennial generation poses problems for policing
The "new" and "entitled" generation.... The majority of them want a lot of money, to do very little work. And with no respect at all. Saw it first hand, and part of the reason why I no longer work with them. All I can hope for is Karma! — Marialice Powers
This generation is full of no responsibility, no respect and no accountability. It's pathetic. — M Diggy Mac
A: I'm a millennial but I don't identify with my generation
I am part of the "me generation" and I refuse to be grouped with these idiots...when a superior asks you to do something you don't ask why, you just do it! That's how I was raised. — Eric Brooks
Sadly I belong to this generation, and being a LEO I found the article interesting and true to some degree. I agree on it's the upbringing of an individual. I grew up in a somewhat strict household with a military parent. I was taught to value self reliance, critical thinking, education, respect and honor, traits others my age do not share and it's annoying to see. Again I believe it starts at home even before a boot hits the Academy grounds. I hope this trend changes. — Terrence Huerta
As a millennial currently working in this field I must say a lot of this is true. People in my generation would rather "Save the Whales" than learn how to save a life, unless saving a life will give them a slot on MTV. Yet, another thing is true. Those few of us millennials that choose law enforcement generally will not fit the stereotypical mold that has been cast for the rest of the generation. I am completely responsible, respectful and accountable. I love my job. — Kayla Plumlee
A: We've heard this one before
Didn't Plato complain about the younger generation being undisciplined? It seemed they fared just fine. — Tom Hall
I guess the real question is, when the "Baby Boomer" generation entered the age of LEO careers how did they differ from the generation before? Similarities to today I would be willing to bet. Everyone knows law enforcement is slow to change, so anything new is looked at usually unfavorably. In 20 years it will be interesting in how the "ME" generation has changed law enforcement and how they are adapting to the next generation. — Gregg Magnus
A: Give them a chance
This may apply to most but there are several who still respect authority honor the chain of command and are far from high maintenance. But most of it can go back to the parenting. I was raised to respect elders and work or everything I want and have. — Josh Morgan
I haven't seen it; almost without exception I'm proud to ride next to our young people! They said this about my generation. You just can't bully, haze, or disrespect them as we had to endure. These are smart kids. — David Howard
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