I love reading articles that help my writing and I found a great one on 5 myths about police officers. My favorite is number 4 because it surprised me.
Myth #4: We spend all of our time fighting crime.
The amount of time officers spend investigating and forwarding charges on crimes is diminishing as a percentage of our total time. An increasing amount of time, particularly for patrol officers, is now spent on service calls and dealing with persons with mental illness. The calls where individuals with untreated mental illness use violence get a lot of media attention, but there are also everyday calls that require diplomacy, training, and a great deal of time. As more agencies and social services are defunded or choose not to provide services to the mentally ill, it has been falling to the criminal justice system to become a de facto front-line social service agency. This is a profound and unintended consequence of many years of policy decisions.