I was a pretty decent c.o. back in the day. My crew/co-workers would give me shit, when I would have to deal with a situation and talk a situation down, especially one they incited (yes, we were not perfect). They would always say, "Mac, I don't know where you get your patience, but damn..." I would always reply..."because I don't want to suit-up damn it and it's beer thirty!"yup. there are still awesome andy taylors and still some barney fifes.
but you hit one an important point, and that is that the number of officers required exceeds the number of ideal candidates.
add diversity quotas and other pressures and you end up with a large number of armed officers that don't have the ideal temperament for the job.
i know for a fact that i would likely be a terrible officer because i was sort of a berserker if i was picked on when i was a kid.
does it show?
But, yeah, I was also, the guy, if the green light flashed, I was going to jump. I got older, and smarter, so, I changed.
Shit has changed so much with new hires today, that when I started I had to work midnight shift for 10.5 years before I even got the opportunity to work day shift. Now, the turn-over rate is so high, you start out on nights, and 4-6 months later, you're on day shift.
Good/exceptional candidates are few and far between these days. Very little pride in any job anymore. Really sad. Mac