I have a bone to pick with Television today. It’s mainly about its depiction of police officers. I want to know who in their right mind decided that cops are supposed to be pretty people.
Seriously Rizzoli and Isles? Castle? The Closer?
I’m sorry I have never met a female detective who is young and pretty as these women are. I mean even Mariska Hargitay of Law and Order SVU looks likes she has been through the ringer. But she is a New York cop and “expected” to be glamorous. A US Marshall on Justified has to be thin and beautiful.
I’m sorry to bust a bubble but I have seen real U.S. Marshalls and I have met real FBI agents and none of them were “lookers”. They were intelligent, official looking, hard workers and did what they did best- getting the bad guys. I am not saying that all Law enforcement officials are ugly, not by a long shot. I am just saying that the Hollywood depiction of it is all wrong.
First off- Training. It depend on what Law Enforcement branch you work for but all law enforcement training takes a lot of dedication and hard work. In the case of local law enforcement, it takes a little less training but not as less of dedication and hard work.
Scondly – time. I am sorry; to be a Detective it takes years and years of footwork as a patrol officer. And then you have to test in order to even be considered to become a detective. And even if you get your shield- there are ranks within ranks.
Thirdly- Attitude. Yeah, we all know that cops have this “blue wall of silence” in which they protect their own. So if they see a cop/detective/what have you making rash judgments and putting people at risk-you think he or she would have been weeded out?
My question is this: What in recent society has changed that now demands that we see our law enforcement to be portrayed as thin, model like, young, and angry things?
Is it the fact that Americans are getting fatter?
Or are we getting vainer?
In conclusion, Naomi Campbell was never meant to be a cop. If she tried running in her 6 inch heels she would fall flat on her face or even worse, get herself into a heap of trouble. That’s another thing when a woman cop fires her gun or gets kidnapped- its ok the next week. Yea my mom got murdered-but I am ok with that (Castle). I’m sorry, coming from psychological standpoint-shit like that stays with you. This is why I love Law and Order SVU- because that shit has stayed with that character. All I ask in my police shows-there is some realism. Every cop is not a beautiful princess in disguise. Some shouldn’t see the light of day. Some have way too many donuts. And these are the cops on my case. Would you rather have Cindy Crawford on your case or Cagney and Lacy?