CHAPTER NY XVIII
As a Blue Knight I pledge to act with honor and
pride to promote motorcycling and motorcycle safety by being an example of
the safe use, operation, and enjoyment of motorcycles.
I will work at all times to improve the relationship between the
motorcycling Law Enforcement Community and the general public. The
fraternal spirit will always guide me in relating to other
Among the Blue Knights
it is said, "there are no strangers just friends we haven't met
As a Blue Knight I pledge to act with honor and pride to promote motorcycling and motorcycle safety by being an example of the safe use, operation, and enjoyment of motorcycles. I will work at all times to improve the relationship between the motorcycling Law Enforcement Community and the general public. The fraternal spirit will always guide me in relating to other Blue Knights.
Board of Officers
10 REASONS WHY POLICE OFFICERS ARE DIFFERENT
1 . Law Enforcement Officers are seen as authority figures. People deal with them differently and treat them differently, even when they are not working. When a problem occurs, everyone looks to the Officer to "take charge" and "solve the problem"
2 . They are isolated. The wearing of a badge, uniform, and gun makes a Law Officer separate from society. This separation leads to many psychological effects which research shows can create negative personality traits.
3. Law Enforcement Officers work in a quasi-military, structured institution. There are proven mental health concerns working in an "institution."
4 . Shift work is not normal. The "rotating shift" schedule is very taxing on an officers life. Our bodies are adjusted to what is called "circadian schedules" which is a repetitive daily cycle.
5 . Camaraderie can be a two edged sword. The law enforcement job nurtures a sense of teamwork and unity with co-workers, what was once called "esprit de corps." It also stimulates a sense of belonging that can create an "us or them" view of the world.
6 . Even the stress is different. Officers have a different type of stress in their jobs, called "burst stress." Burst stress means there is not always a steady stressor, but at times, there is an immediate "burst" from a low stress to a high stress state. In others words, officers go from complete calm , to high activity and pressure in one "burst."
7 . The need to be in constant emotional control. Law Enforcement Officers have a job that requires extreme restraint under highly emotional circumstances.
8 . The Law Enforcement Officer works in a fact-based world with everything compared to written law. In the rest of their life areas, clear right s and wrongs don't occur as often.
9 . The "at work" world of a officer is very negative. He sees the bad part of society - the criminal, the abuser of rules. This may skew the officer's opinions on the character of the average human being. It creates a cynicism, a critical view of the world.
10 . Some children of Law Enforcement Officers have a more difficult adjustment, given their parent's authoritative role in the community, which can become an authoritarian style given child non-comlpiance
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