I think the automobile actually caused
Fri Feb 8, 2019 10:17am

part of this...

Remember the old 'beat' cop? The officer who WALKED a beat in the same neighborhood day in and day out. He walked up and down the street (with no arch supports earning his nickname "flatfoot), and stopped to just TALK with the folks in the neighborhood he was responsible for.

While I know there are certainly mobility advantages to putting police in cars, IMO it also had the unintended consequence of insulating them to a degree from the neighborhood people.

There were relationships there. Now there isn't in most cases. The anonymous officers behind dark glasses behind darkly tinted windows in their cruisers... And if the situation gets even a LITTLE tense, up shows the officers wearing masks (SWAT is badly overused these days).

  • Wouldn't be surprisedgreenman, Thu Feb 7 3:33pm
    What happened to 'peace officers?' That's what we need.
    • I think the automobile actually caused — Sprout, Fri Feb 8 10:17am
      • Preaching to the choirgreenman, Fri Feb 8 3:06pm
        I've said this for years...we need beat cops. I read something once that Tokyo - for all its immensity - has little police stations on the corner every few streets, every neighborhood, and a couple... more
        • And I think a degree of paranoiaSprout, Fri Feb 8 3:17pm
          on the part of law enforcement claiming threats that don't really exist on any meaningful scale... One or two incidents happen across the country and every department wants a fully tactical SWAT... more
      • Now I agree that Bushler did a lot to militarize the civilian police force. My local Sheriff is actually going to auction off a significant stack of military surplus vehicles because they can't... more
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