In the months of intense training and academic studies, Ken had a great time making new friends, but there was one aspect of the experience that meant the most to twenty-year-old Kenny Eurell.
“Oh, yeah,”said Ken. “The most important thing was an immediate sense of camaraderie.” As with the thousands of cops before him, Ken Eurell experienced fraternal bonding — forming deep ties with those who entered into a covenant to serve and protect the people of New York.
Well, not exactly.
It was an emotional linkage to those who, like Kenny, would soon see themselves as an exclusive life form, distinct from the general population. This is no different that the sense of security, protection, and bonding experienced by those who join social service organizations or criminal gangs — People united in a common cause, with their purposes harmonized, and characterized by the concept of collective security. An attack on one is an attack on all. If one is attacked, all defend.
“Cops are taught early on to depend upon each other for everything,” confirms Lee Lofland, author of Police Protocols & Investigations. “A bond is formed in the police academy that can almost never be broken.”
Survival is a term all recruits hear repeatedly. Your survival is dependent upon your complete, instant and exact replication of everything drilled into your head during your weeks at the police academy. Unlike soldiers whose job it is to follow orders, a police officer’s job is to make decisions. Ken Eurell admits that he didn’t make the best decisions, even though the irrevocable bond that forms the Blue Wall reinforced unity in error over betrayal for truth.
Ken didn’t become one of the most corrupt cops ever to betray the badge of the NYPD by being easily influenced or because he fell in with the wrong crowd or the wrong cop. “I have always taken full responsibility for my decisions and actions no matter how embarrassing, incriminating or criminal. I don’t become a cop to reap the rewards of corruption, and I didn’t get that way because I was under Mike Dowd’s spell”
Mike Dowd and Ken Eurell were partners as close as brothers until Ken faced the most difficult and gut-wrenching decision of his life. He was always there for his partner 100% but what does a cop do when he must betray his partner’s trust to save his partner’s life?