This Is Your Police Department

Sunday, February 9, 2014
Posted in category political correctness

This is an amazing piece of Detroit police propaganda from 1951 titled “This is Your Police Department.” The intro talks about ”the men of the Detroit Police Department.” The Detroit police are described as providing “the protection of the lives and property of the people of Detroit.” Meanwhile, the narration is host to a backdrop of introductory music that sounds like something out of a Charlton Heston epic. Some really fun snippets ensue throughout this piece, including at 3:00 mark where commando practice is introduced, and at the 6:40 mark that shows Joe making his first arrest, and afterwards it is said that “somehow his uniform seemed to fit better.”

I like the part where it is said that Joe sometimes did unpleasant things that were a part of his job, like “giving someone a parking ticket.” Oh, and count how many times the word “hero” is used. Still, this is representative of a police mentality that is far different from what has emerged today, and for that I offer you the following.


This is Joe, the 1951 police candidate for patrol officer.


new joe

The New Joe has plenty of military training and equipment paid for by taxpayers who keep approving millages because they still believe that the police “protect them.”



Joe has a new role, and it ain’t handing out parking tickets.



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8 Responses to This Is Your Police Department

  1. I R A Darth Aggie says:

    February 10th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Someone explain to me why I shouldn’t be allowed to own RPGs?

  2. Susan L. says:

    February 10th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    These relics are cinematographic propaganda masterpieces. The 1950s was truly a golden era. It is impressive how effective these films were in leading the American people down the primrose path; it certainly doesn’t take such finesse to keep us corralled. But like lambs to the slaughter, we didn’t stand a chance then, and my hopes aren’t high that our chances are any better now, though I pray I’m wrong. Do little boys still dream of being the kind of hero portrayed in this film? And when did this type of heroism stop being cool, anyway? Or was it ever?

    I feel such ambivalence watching this piece: one side of me is appalled by the clear psychological manipulation (obvious now, in hindsight) employed by the film, but the other side of me wants so badly to buy what they’re selling…or maybe it’s just a longing for a better, more moral time.

    Though I have inoculated myself against many forms of covert controls (knowledge is the key, I think), I can’t help but wonder what IS working against me, despite my best efforts at vigilance. I shudder to think.

    Thanks for today’s post–it got my gears moving!

  3. Marty says:

    February 10th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    Probably being a little tough on them; I think they believed it in 1951. But oh, yeah, how things have gone so differently since then. And me the brother of 3 NJ cops…


    February 23rd, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Every now and then some of these bozos really get it wrong, like here. What a great learning experience for these kids…NOT!

  5. jeannie queenie says:

    February 24th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Just over a week ago, the citizens of CT, at least 96% gave the state the middle finger over registration of guns. Now today I read this…will be interesting to see if we end up with some blood on the streets here.

  6. Tommy Udo says:

    February 28th, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Three weeks and no new posts. I hope Ms. De Coster has not passed away.

  7. M. Terry says:

    March 10th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Karen – where did you go?

  8. Karen De Coster says:

    March 11th, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Mark – LoL! Combination of my busiest time of year (just ended), then I went off to Europe. Just got back and will get back to work this weekend.

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