How the NYPD Came to See Itself As Different From Those It Protects

New York Magazine:

Spend long enough calling a group of people “angels,” suggesting that their bravery and courage and public-spiritedness are unmatched, and you shouldn’t be surprised when they see a broad gap between themselves and the rest of us, broader than it really is, or when they and their supporters perceive the people they are protecting as “crappy,” when they believe ordinary political exchange is beneath them and ordinary political criticism incitement to murder, when they begin to question whether they and the rest of the city really speak the same language, after all. Maybe it shouldn’t be surprising when they begin to see differences that aren’t really there.

A very interesting observation.  The same applies to the military.