Just as a quick drift-ish, a mate of mine in GMP once told me that various Police forces were trying to move away from recruiting ex forces, especially Army.I would definitely argue against the Police having gone soft, 3 (unarmed) ex squaddies in my force took down a knife wielding bloke in mental health crisis afew weeks ago folding him up like a piece of ikea furniture before he even knew what the hell was going on. I know the others on their shifts feel a lot safer having us types on duty with them, as our attitude to risk is generally a lot different.
The police are a reflection of society, much like the military. Predominantly our hands are tied by rules and regulations, but I still wade into danger as quickly as I did when I wore a leafy suit. Albeit I am a lot happier trying to de-escalate a situation by talking, as that is what society demands from us!
Rest assured that the capability to ‘go red’ is still there if needed!