Odin Gray wrote: According to international law, police officers are considered civilians so should abide by the same laws as anybody else.
This isn't true in Canada. Police are afforded protections under the Criminal Code that the public don't have (unless they're aiding police). Provincial statutes have specific sections where they're allowed to break the law in the performance of their duties (speeding for example).
Odin Gray wrote: Competence within the police department? Six months at depot (or police acacademy) to train a recruit? Even a school teacher is required to have a five year degree to practice their trade. Two years training to be a forestry technician. Six months and some professional development courses only instills arrogance aka "Esprit de Corps".
Most police officers on the job that I know have a university degree. Many have specialties in criminology, sociology or law. Others have a minimum of a two year college course in police science. The prerequisites vary between departments, but the selection process can be difficult.
After you're selected, you have one or two courses you must attend. Depot for the RCMP and the Ontario Police College (or other provincial counterpart) and private institutions such as the Ontario Provincial Police College. You are then assigned to a Division or Detachment. Over the next year you're on probation and assigned to a training officer.
Like in any job, no one's perfect. You eventually get your feet under you and move forward. Like any group of people, you have some better than others and there's the occasional bad one. The force has a tendency to weed out the bad ones or put them in meaningless positions.
Odin Gray wrote: Most of the cops that I know can't shoot worth a darn. Outside of major metropolitan areas, if we wait for a tactical team to arrive in the active shooter scenario, response time would probably be measured in hours.
Police have to qualify periodically. This varies from ongoing qualifications in the tactical team to monthly or yearly sessions (depending on the Department and assignment). Positions like being an air marshal require a higher level of skill-set than a patrol officer for example. I agree that most police officers could use more practice.
None you improvise, one (or more) is luxury.