P1 First Person: Crime, violence, and accountability

Editor's Note: This week’s PoliceOne First Person essay is from Dr. Olivia Johnson, a PoliceOne Special Contributor and Subject Matter Expert. In PoliceOne "First Person" essays, our Members and Columnists candidly share their own unique view of the world. This is a platform from which individual officers can share their own personal insights on issues confronting cops today, as well as opinions, observations, and advice on living life behind the thin blue line. If you want to share your own perspective with other P1 Members, simply send us an e-mail with your story.

By Olivia Johnson, DM
PoliceOne Special Contributor

Cops hear every excuse in the book when it comes to breaking the law. From drug addicts blaming the drugs for their criminal behavior to speeders explaining why the speed limit should be increased.

Although those speeders say that “cops should be going after the real criminals,” the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that more than one-third of all vehicle crashes were blamed on speeders and aggressive drivers (as cited in Read, 2012). That computes to almost 11,000 deaths on the nation’s roadways yearly.

Now, please, tell me again how cops should go after the “real criminals.” When will people start taking responsibility for their actions?

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