I dont believe that police should expected gratuities but if it is offered I think it would be kind of rude to turn it down, I dont think it should be money, but like free coffee or a discount on food or something small to show appreciation isnt a bad thing.
If a private citizen or organization wants to provide some small thing as a free "Thank you" to a police officer or other public servant, then why should any other party get involved? Most everyone can agree that public servants rarely get paid "enough". We're not talking bribery or indebted favors, just a cup of Joe.
It's a thank you from a person for just being a cop. Do people buy meals for troops in uniform? Has anyone bought something for the nurse that cared for your dying relative. It's a thank you. As long as there is no quid pro quo...Then consider it a gift and move on.
Officers put their life on the line for us. No matter what type of town they work for, tragedy could strike anywhere and they could see things that you would never see in your neighborhood. As long as the officer is not abusing their power and letting people off because of free stuff, it should be ok.
Every minute of every day, we trust police with life and death decisions. Law enforcement officers are specially selected and trained to make lethal decisions under arduous circumstances. Literally, someone's life hangs in the balance of an officer's sound judgment. It is insulting to the intelligence and integrity of the police profession to imply that an officer cannot make a decision as to whether he should accept a cup of coffee for half price. The truth is there is no proof that accepting gratuities leads to higher levels of corruption.
I don't think that officers/fire fighters/etc should accept something to do something, or be expected to do something, however, cops/teachers/nuns/whatever work HARD and probably get more whack jobs saying/doing/being rude and nasty than they do being nice. So I don't see the harm in a cup of coffee for the officer in line behind me at Starbucks. I am not doing anything wrong, the coffee is not me asking him not to arrest me, it's to say, "hey you work a crappy job, so here, thank you." If you are the manager at that Starbucks and a cop comes in to give you a ticket for parking illegally and you say, "How about I move my car and you get some coffee on me?" that is wrong. That is a BRIBE though, not a gift. Big difference.
Giving an officer a gratuity is a perfectly acceptable way to say thank you. Let me clarify what exactly I consider to be an acceptable gratuity. Money is not. However, offering an officer who just helped you a cookie or a brownie is. Much the same as a free cup of coffee or some food when the officer comes in to a restaurant late at night. There is so much that they do, to help us out. It is no different than a military discount. In fact a lot of the places that I have seen are now switching it to a "uniformed service member" discount to be inclusive of police, ems and fire fighters.
Police are hard working men and women of the community who deserve rewards like others in various professions. Whether a discounted meal or free coffee, these items are offered out of kindness by businesses. It can also improve community relations by developing bonds between police and community stakeholders. What do you think?
Police officers are being observed all the time, Not only by one individual but many at a time! These kinds of acts, Free cup of coffee, Discounts, Etc. Can be misinterpreted. Many businesses may do it as an act to have police coming into their business or patrolling near the area. While others may do it as a thank you for their service. We can never really know what are their intentions, So the best thing to do is to just not accept anything.
If you feel bad to turn it down simply say it is against police policy! If you accept, Then you might feel you owe the giver. The giver could want police services in return. The cafe could use the police officer to show patrons the place is safe. Last, They could be trying to use the police to dissuade criminals. All in all, Its about integrity. I think accept $1, 000 is the same as accepting the coffee. No matter what the price is, It is all wrong!
I can see why you might want to accept the free stuff, We are all human but what you need to understand police are just like everybody else. Their word is going to be higher in court but should be treated just like anybody else and in the public's eyes this is messed up.
Humans err, they mess up and they fall corrupt it happens it's not good, but it can't be denied. Accepting gratuities can lead to accepting bribes which is a form of corruption. Police officers should not accept such bribes, but since we know it happens it should be highly regulated.
A one time cup of coffee can be construed as a thank-you. But what happens when every time the officer goes in the store and he receives a free cup? When the officer doesn't even attempt to pay? When he favors one store or individual over another. There can never be any perception of favoritism. The rules an regulation of every department in this country prohibit gratuities yet it is constantly ignored.
One of the many reasons these jobs are not for everyone--in addition to risking your life, working long hours, etc.--is that you can't accept gifts. The reason one should not be allowed to accept gifts is because whether they abuse it or not, cops are automatically placed in a position of power over people. Politicians are another group who are in service to us and should not be allowed to accept gifts of any kind. It effects their voting.
No one forced them to be a cop or take this job. They already get so many perks, as in free transportation with take home cars, Can use this same car for a secondary job. Ride subway free. Secondary Security jobs only because they are police. Free legal counsel if they get into problems within the department and they are in a UNION, which should not even be allowed in the government. Abuse of power and gratuities are part of there job/ benefits.
No. Police should not be able or in any circumstance accept gratuities. I believe they are paid to do a certain job and that pay is all that they receive other than bonuses. Gratuities can cloud the judgment of anyone and may give one criminal (the rich one) a better chance over the criminal that does not have the funds to provide a hefty TIP.
Of course police officers protect us. But so do 911 dispatchers, firemen, EMS, military personnel, and many others. Why do we place the focus of freebies onto just police? If police officers are getting free things, so should all of the others that protect us. Not to mention that the businesses or establishments that provide the officer with free things will get better treatment than those establishments that don't due to the bias that will become established.
ANYTHING which will alter, modify, influence, persuade, or outright manipulate an officer toward a partiality or bias regarding any individual, entity, or organization undermines his/her ability to effectively administer justice. This should be entirely avoided, nay, banned. Anything which can be construed as exchanging favors with an officer involved, regardless of the direction, is entirely inappropriate. THEY ARE TO REMAIN AS UNBIASED AS POSSIBLE. Surely no one would condone an officer taking skin color into account when interacting with the public, then why would anyone be OK with an officer taking free coffee and donuts from a vendor into account if they had to correct a problem with that vendor? It's ultimately the same thing.