Justice System

Dealing with the justice system can be frustrating and stressful for any Police Officer.

You're required to follow procedure and jump through hoops, sometimes to have the system just slam the door in your face.

In the movies, cops don't have to follow any rules. They don't take notes, don't do reports, and the bad guy always gets punished in the end.

It's not this way in real life. The reality is, dealing with the courts/justice system means that the work that you have done up to that point is just one portion of the whole picture.

What you believe is a solid case may not be seen that way by the courts.

The courts may find just the smallest reason to deliver a finding of not guilty.

And even if a guilty verdict is delivered, there is a chance that the punishment itself will be laughable.


As a Police Officer, your only hope is to do the best job you can on the street. Gather evidence, make good notes and investigate fully.

If you've done everything that you can, you have fulfilled your obligation.

You've done your duty as a cop.

Realize that the outcome is not your decision. It's out of your hands at this point.

It's now up to the the prosecution and the courts to do theirs. To present the evidence, and to find guilt or innocence.

When a case goes to trial it may be months, or even years from the day that the crime was committed.

Depending on the seriousness and complexity of the case, days, weeks, months and even years of work may have gone into preparing it.

Is it frustrating when the courts render a "not guilty" verdict when you believe that the evidence has shown the guilt?

HELL YES.

Is there anything that you can do about it? Aside from the prosecutor filing an appeal, no.

Don't dwell on it (easier said than done). It won't accomplish anything except to stress you.

Like it or not, things aren't always fair. The bad guy will win sometimes.

That's just the way it is.

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