It seems likes nobody (outside of cops themselves) likes cops. That sentiment translates to the military community as well and, speaking from personal experience, no one likes MPs but MPs.
Obviously, that isn't completely true, but as a beret-wearing Security Forces member, it can feel that way more often than not. It's not all hate and disdain, though.
Being a cop does have its perks and the distinction comes with a certain sense of pride. There are some things that are just plain ol' cool about being a cop.
5. Cops look out for other cops
There's a widespread belief that MPs will look the other way for other MPs in certain situations. Now, I am in no way saying that there should be unfair advantages given when it comes to the law. That being said, there is no denying that this practice exists in various ways.
MPs hold one another to a standard that is often a few pegs above the written, established standard. So, a lot of times the "looking out" comes in the form of keeping other MP to task and up to snuff when the human element rears its head. Sometimes, "looking out" means offering just a ride home — it depends on the variables.
We always have one another's back. (Photo by Suggest.com)
4. People want to be cool with you... when they don't hate you
Everyone wants to be cool with MPs. It means they'll probably get through the gate on personal recognition a little more frequently and, if they have an encounter with an MP, it'll likely be pleasant.
This rapport is typically built through politeness, a few well-timed store runs, and some glazed pastries.
Little Suzie knows what's up! Befriend cops! (Photo by TMPA).
3. Face of the base
These days, we hear a lot of references to the 'tip of the spear.' The expression is typically reserved for those special few among us who are truly and undeniably badass.
As a Military Policeman, not only are you the first face to greet every single visitor and vehicle to enter the base, you are, by definition, the tip of that extremely local spear. Not to pat ourselves on the back too much, but hey, that is a pretty big deal.
That's the smile waiting on you at the gate. (Photo by Senior Airman Debbie Lockhart)
2. Rapid maturity
Having an authority that supersedes rank can be a lot to handle. With young MPs, you typically get one of two types:
Type A is someone who has walked with a big stick for most of their life and now they have some actual weight behind their actions. They are likely to push the limits of their authority a bit further than most until they learn better.
Type B is someone who is timid and unsure of how to impose their authority the right away. They're more likely to tiptoe towards competence with fewer mistakes along the slower road.
Both of these guys are going to have to make their way through the gauntlet fast if they hope to survive through their enlistments.
Gotta grow up real fast, Billy. (Photo by Sleeptastic Solutions)
1. Blue bond
The fraternal bond that exists throughout the law enforcement career field is thick. The blue bond never wears off, not even after retirement.
Thin Blue Line (Photo by Wikimedia Commons).