I think we can all agree that we’ve had some good laughs this week. Â At least, most of us have. Â I wanted to take this idea of what cops think is funny and what the general public thinks is funny and turn it on its head a bit and talk about perception and cynicism.
Let me start by saying there exists a distinct difference between three people: the citizen, the rookie cop, and the veteran officer (also applies to other first responders). Â What I’m going to explain to you may or may not make sense, but I’m gonna give it a shot.
I have a challenge for you. Â I’m going to show you a picture and I want you to go to the comments and write down the first thing that comes to your mind. Â Be concise. Â There is one caveat, though. Â Since I moderate comments, I’m not going to post any of them for a few days or a week because I don’t want someone else’s comment to influence you.
I work with a couple of guys that just returned from some training and this issue about perception and cynicism and what being a cop (or first responder) does to a person was extremely interesting. Â Before I amended this post, I had said you could more or less describe everything you saw to whatever extent you saw fit. Â After working some OT tonight with one of the guys that went to the training, I’m amending it to the first thing that pops in your head when you see the picture.
It may sound a bit sneaky and vague, but it’s supposed to at the moment. Â I’m going to give you a peek behind the curtain of the Great and Powerful OZ. Â For it to be successful, I need a lot of comments.
In your comments, I’d also ask you to state if you’re a cop and if so for how long. Â Conversely, if you’re not, please indicate that as well. Â Ready?
So, with regard to the gentleman wearing the glasses, what is the first thing that pops in your head? Â If you have previously commented, please comment again!