This is who is coming to save you - you better prepare yourself
One of the most chllenging aspects that I find in training new police officers is to get them out of their 'normalcy bias'. Most cops come from relatively stable, solid middle-class households. They have a preset list of mores, standards, and ethics. Many are shocked to find that others don't share those. Yes, it is true - if as a police officer you are sent to a domestic dispute with a traditional Hispanic or Asian family for example, you damn well better address the head of household first, just briefly - even if he is the aggressor. Otherwise you'll be fighting everyone in the area including the women and children. Why? By failing to address the head of the house, you just disrespected a fundamental value that is essential to them. They don't think like you. It's not wrong - it's just different than what you think. A difficult thing is getting out of your comfort zone - but you must understand not everyone thinks like you do - or values what you value. Sometimes people are not just 'fronting' ... they really are ready to kill you.
Normalcy bias doesn't just effect police officers - we all engage in it to some extent. We make assumptions about other people's behavior because we expect what we see on a regular basis. If not, we couldn't drive at 50 mph on a two way road - we trust that the other drivers will stay in their lane. But we must be alert and watch for warning signs. If you see an oncoming car ahead swerving into your lane, you would take some sort of action to reduce the risk of a crash. Likewise when an individual is displaying warning signs, don't dismiss them.
Posted: to First Circle News on Sun, Oct 1, 2023
Updated: Wed, Oct 4, 2023