Large Police Departments Full Of Insecurity, Act Like Interest Groups

Pew Research has polling of departments with more than 100 sworn personnel. Larger departments are more likely to think the media treats cops unfairly (81% of cops surveyed generally agree, 42% strongly agree), more likely to say they feel frustrated (65% of those who strongly agree), more likely to feel dosconnected from the public (56% of those who strongly agree). Another interesting finding: white cops are most likely to say police officers are treated unfairly in the media. Some people have suggested solutions, but cops would rather just be militarized then infantalized then awarded legal protections and union contracts to cost coties $120k-170k a year in total annual costs. They function more and more like an interest group. 

 http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/25/most-officers-say-the-media-treat-police-unfairly/