How to be a Samurai Cop: The Bushido Code on America’s Streets

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One thing about being a member of the police service is that ethical, as well as legal, issues always come up involving the use of force. What is reasonable and what is not reasonable force? That is the question officers face daily. The levels of force options are well defined yet ambiguous at the same time.

The Bushido Code can help solve this dilemma.

Those in the military who wish to become non-​​military law enforcement officers must redefine their “Rules of Engagement” to comply with what applies to daily life as a street cop in the United States.

The decision to use any force, whether it be empty hands, impact weapons, electronic control devices, chemical weapons, or firearms, involves a great deal of pre-​​planning. Once the proverbial “S**T hits the fan” there is not time to think, only to act. Developing proper psycho-​​motor skills (usually incorrectly defined as muscle memory) is vastly important, but along with the requisite physical skills is the ability to know when to apply what technique or weapon during what set of circumstances. Following a warrior’s code of conduct can help.

The Bushidō code is typified by seven virtues:
•Rectitude (義 gi?) Police officers must conform to the truth and follow it to the end.
•Courage (勇 yū?) Police officers must face fear and act in spite of it.
•Benevolence (仁 jin?) Police officers must have the disposition to do good.
•Respect (礼 rei?) Police officers must respect the public as well as himself or herself.
•Honesty (誠 makoto?) Police officers must always act honestly in every situation.
•Honor (名誉 meiyo?) Police officers practice an honorable profession and they must behave accordingly.
•Loyalty (忠義 chūgi?) Police officers must be loyal to their agencies as well as their communties who trust them to do what is right.

So, there is much more to serving on America’s streets than most people realize. Police officers must be able to act rapidly and without hesitation, just as military personnel must do as well. Decisions cannot always wait but must be made immediately.

By following the Bushido Code, police officers can live an honorable life while serving the public. Most importantly, police officers must survive the streets and go home at the end of the shift. Remember “If not me, then who?” Stay Safe!

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  1. Rich Greene says:

    Unfortunately this doesnt translate to the Police in America very well. Take a look at all the hostilities towards OWS. For example the Police Officer who threw the “Flash” grenade in Oakland at the group who was trying to rescue…thats right…rescue the falling military member who was struck in the head. I am a Veteran of the Gulf War; a hospital corpsman third class petty officer who has an honorable discharge…even in WAR those who rescue downed soldiers are covered under the Geneva Convention. That officer knew exactly what he was doing…he did it for the thrill of it. We, who have been in combat, know exactly the rush of testosterone that flows thru you during combat. He had the rush and the fix, and really wanted to fire off a hand-​​grenade and did so. The Police in this country are acting pathetic. OWS is trying to protect their, the POLICE, rights to Collectively Bargain, to have jobs, to stop the drain on the Social Services in America; including the Fire and Police forces that are having their budgets cut…these people are trying to say NO to the machine…and yet you POLICE beat them, instead of PROTECTING and SERVING them…you are protecting the slave master instead. OWS is trying to SAVE the middle class in this country and bring about change. Yet the police have no honor in this country. They act like little boys who got beat up one to many times at recess by a bully.

    It would be interesting if Police would follow this code…but since they do not, perhaps Extensive Psychological testing before you earn the right to wear a badge may help.

    • scott solorzano says:

      hey rich greene, you dont know me and i dont know you!! I am a police officer and i do follow this code, so please dont blanket bash all cops!! it would be the same as me saying that you are just like some of the soldiers who have committed attrocities in war.….a very small percentage compared to all of the honorable soldiers like yourself!! and thank you for your service!!

      • Rich Greene says:

        Scott,

        You are right there are a few good cops out there. Just like there are a few good Marines without “short man syndrome.”

        However, it is the good cops that do get lumped in a barrel because of the bad ones…sort of like how racial profiling works. Whats the cliche about ‘one bad apple?’

        It is up to “you” good cops to lead the way and show the people of your community and America, that you do not look through jaded lens at those you serve like many cops eventually do.

        I have known to many Police officers in my day, that i would say should not be Police Officers; I have met some in Chicago that are corrupt beyond corrupt. I have been in off camera meetings with others who are so viciously racist that they look forward to the next time they pull over someone who isnt white. I ran into corrupt police in Moab, UT. I have had many dealings working in Public Health and Emergency Medicine with Police Officers, and again, i have only met a few who i would say deserve to wear a badge. My Best Friends father was a high ranking officer growing up in our local Police Force; and now he is a town Sheriff. He is a good man but looks at everyone as if they are about to commit a crime. He is jaded.

        Its a good ol’boys club just like the Marine Corps.

        Again, if you are a good cop and know in your heart you are a good cop…then be thankful, but also ask yourself how do you teach the community that there are good officers out there and that they can be trusted. How to over shine the bad and the corrupt.

        Sorry you felt offended. I take no offense when someone excuses me of war time atrocities; for i know in my heart what i have done. And i am man enough to know that there are very horrible things that can take place. I also know that i was never afraid to speak out when i saw things that were not morally right…like beating peaceful protestors. Grenading the wounded and those that are trying to help them. Pepper Spraying an 80 year old women whose only crime was that she was exercising her constitutional rights. Or putting a gun in someones face because he disagrees with you.

        • Rich Greene says:

          Note: when i stated “man enough” it wasnt an accusation that you are not. It was another ‘blanket’ statement.

          Again…if you know your heart is solid and true, then smile and feel fortunate; for yourself, your family and the community you serve. Im sure your community, the USA as a whole could use more like you.

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