There’s a sort-of trend piece in today’s New York Times about how the economy’s so awful that loads of people are applying to become cops out of desperation for a job. Buried within that piece is an interesting quote from former Washington Mutual financial adviser turned cop comparing his current dealings with people as a police officer to his former dealings with people as a finance dude.
In the current first-year class of rookies, Officer (Ricardo) Montilla, 31, is one of several refugees from Wall Street, an uncommon breeding ground for future police officers. He and two academy classmates who had also worked on Wall Street said they had been willing to give up larger salaries partly because they were afraid they would not be able to support their families if the economy continued to slow.
Last week, Officer Montilla said he arrested a 400-pound man in a housing project in Harlem who had 10 bags of crack cocaine on him.
â€œThe man was saying he was going to kill my mother, and kill my family,â€ Officer Montilla said. He said the angriest person he dealt with before was someone who wanted a better rate on their municipal bonds.
via Doree Shafrir