A local policeman from Denver, Paul Brunst is often disappointment at the way people look at law enforcement professionals. There is a stereotype set by mystery-solving novels and fiction that depict detectives as damaged heroes who must go above the law to do the “right thing”. This concept encourages people to think that the law can be adjusted and the rules can be broken in order to do what they think is right. But actually, it is the duty of a police officer to ensure that rules are being followed, instead of finding a way around them.
Police officers perform various every-day duties like giving directions, ending family disputes, helping senior citizens, investigating small robberies and the like, but unfortunately these efforts go unnoticed or are easily overlooked by the public at large, since these everyday duties do not have that excitement factor in them, or do not conform to the impossible standards set by fiction writers. Other features like brutality and exhibition of physical violence to solve cases is considered as a basic feature of a policeman’s personality and found to be outrageous. However, a good police officer is a realist who learns by his experiences on the streets, and not by following crazy fictional characters.
Officers like Paul Brunst emphasize that the world needs to open their eyes and accept that policemen are also normal people like them and stop giving them a hard time. Lastly, they do not necessarily have to be emotionally damaged to perform heroic duties and solve high profile mysteries.