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University Police Department
“Man, FUCK the Police!” is a phrase I’m sure we have all heard and some of us have even said it. Police Officers are generally viewed as cocky, donut eating a-holes who think themselves above the law and like to flex their authority. These stereotypes are largely due to television and some based upon personal experience. However, this isn’t entirely true for all police officers, especially here at USM. Here at Southern Miss we have our own University Police Department which has a positive role in our community and people respect them here on campus. People understand that they are here to keep our campus safe and the things that they do are indeed for everyone’s safety. Although people here at USM generally have a positive outlook on the UPD, stereotypes still exist. We all know that the goal of police officers is to protect and serve. Well if you ask me, the UPD does more serving than protecting. For instance, serving parking tickets and traffic violations to students daily, I mean just last week I had an officer to punch my car and leave a dent in it. Well that’s beside the point but that goes to show how and why some stereotypes exist and how they get created. Should an entire department be judged on the actions of a single cop? I think not, after all, we are all only human. Yes, we are all human, even the police. So let’s not be so quick to judge the people who keep us safe. Why do we make these assumptions about the police and these stereotypes? What is the reason behind some of us having a, f*ck the police, type of attitude? When I asked Chief Chandler about this he said, “Well there are as many answers as there are people. Sometimes people are involved in illegal stuff and don’t want the police to know. Other times people feel as though someone else should not have authority over of their own lives and dislike the feeling of a restraint on their own authority…” Basically we hate to be told what to do and when...
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