Ah ok. If it helps, I'm not in the US, I'm Australian, but as I said familiar with Grossman.
I'm not sure what you've read/heard, perhaps my interpretation of his work is a bit different. I've certainly heard his sheepdog metaphor - to me, it's just his way of encouraging an honourable mindset and acting as a "protector". I've not considered what he's said about police vs populace as a separate "class" so much as a calling to protect those around you who can't protect themselves. YMMV
Yep. There's plenty of that. Happens in most jobs, but obviously not what you want in a police force.
It needs a mix of old/new to make it relevant.
No probs at all.
Ah! That makes MUCH more sense now. I'm Australian too, ORS. (Queenslander, if you're curious)
I had assumed that you were an American, my mistake.
For what it's worth every interaction I've had with police here has been positive. I'm certainly not saying that there are no issues with our police and never have been, but I feel that on the whole our situation is a -lot- better than overseas.
Another question for you out of curiousity for my pet theory with regards to police - how common has it been for you to run across people armed with guns during your service?
One thing that I feel contributes strongly to US police jumping strongly to a 'shoot first ask questions later' policy is the extreme prevalence of firearms over there. Literally anyone could be armed at any time. (One of the most extreme disconnects I had while visiting was seeing a sign reminding patrons -not- to bring a concealed handgun to Olive Garden. I've never remotely considered a Glock essential for a family dinner!)
Whereas here, of course, outside of rural communities where you're going to have a lot of firearms present, I imagine that it's not really a concern outside of specific areas that are heavy with gang violence (e.g. the crappier parts of sydney). Like it's always a possibility, but a more remote one.
As I said previously you're going to be frequently dealing with people having the worst day of their life. I'd think that you're going to be worried about people taking a swing at you, or maybe pulling a knife. But I imagine that the knowledge that 'he's over there, and he probably can't do much to hurt me unless I get close' changes the attitude a bit and changes how you escalate use of force.