It seems to have become universal. Cops refer to us as civilians, meaning, I guess, that cops don’t see themselves as civilians, meaning that they think they are military police.
If you want our respect, you might at least try using the language correctly, otherwise I’ll assume you went to cop school because you were rejected as a junior high school janitor.
I rarely watch television anymore, but last night I caught some of a show about cops in Alaska. I’ve been to several parts of the state, so I was interested in a general sort of way. Absolutely, drop-dead gorgeous photography, but it otherwise made my skin crawl. In what I can only assume is an effort to dehumanize the people they ostensibly serve, cops refer to men and women as “males” and “females”. No one is a man, or a woman, or a husband, father, son, brother, wife, mother, sister or daughter, but is a “male” or a “female” as though cops are of a different species. By their own language then, they’re non human MPs. Or is it superhuman MPs? Either way it’s sick.
They say there is a high rate of suicide in Alaska, and they showed a couple of responses to the same. I find it extremely unfortunate that they send a man with a uniform and a gun (drawn) to respond to something like that. It’s probably the worst possible choice. Yes; I know the reasoning, so don’t bother. It’s just extremely unfortunate. They hauled one guy off to a “doctor”. Gawd. The last thing that “civilian male” probably needed was cop (who refers to him as a “civilian male”) and “doctor”. The whole thing reminded me of that spoof Star Wars Cops video, only it wasn’t a spoof.