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Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Society | 3 comments

The Police

isWatching the scenes from Ferguson, MO has reminded of something a friend of mine, who was an officer in the Portland Police Department, told me some 30 years ago – probably a third of the officers on the force should not be for psychological reasons.   All police officers in Oregon  must attend The Oregon Police Academy.  About 10 years ago the Academy realized the truth of what my friend had told me 20 years before and included a rigorous psychological evaluation before the real training started.  Sociopaths and authoritarians need not apply.   Some bad apples still get through and there is still a cadre of veterans who did not have the evaluation.  I can see a slow improvement.

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