Police being indicted is it right?

United States
March 16, 2007 10:36pm CST
Unfortunately lately since Police have been reduced to having jobs instead of careers it's the public that suffers the frustration of a good number of fine cops gone bad. The character of the everyday policeman has now become a matter of question. It's becoming harder and harder to trust the people we grew up to know as the ones you could count on. What is this world coming to? A young man killed on his wedding day and two dedicated unarmed officers executed in the line of duty. These are isolated cases but a perfect example of the times. I'm sorry for the officers and their families and friends but there is a fine line between justice these days. Do you feel safe with the mentality of our police today? Where's the ceremony with full honors for the civilian victims? Unfortunately the inevitable demise of the everyday Joe is becoming all too common and worse acceptable.
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@Stiletto (4584)
20 Mar 07
As I'm in the UK I can only speak about our own police force and I have to say it leaves a lot to be desired - not just in the quality of people who are now joining the police force but also the way policing in this country is conducted. Don't get me wrong - I'm sure that many of the problems with modern day policing in the UK stem from government policy, financial issues, etc but there seems also to be a lack of integrity and I suppose a lack of vocation amongst police officers in general. When I was younger people generally did respect the police but nowadays the opposite view is more commonly held and I'm 45 so I'm not talking about THAT long ago. Speaking as someone who, in the last four or five years, has had a fair amount of dealings with them I can honestly say that I have very little confidence in the police now. A degree of familiarity in this case has certainly bred some contempt!
• United States
20 Mar 07
Unfortunately that seem to be the consensus world wide more and more of us are unjustly being acquainted with the likes of the new police force which in my case is causing some prejudice. What happened to the neighborhood cop who knew everyone and respected everyone who earned respect? I too am 45 and it seems those were the good ole days.
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@Stiletto (4584)
20 Mar 07
Well in my view a huge amount of damage was done when they did away with the concept of the local cop (or the local bobby as we called them in the UK!). Most towns no longer have a fully operational police station. In the town where I live the police station is only manned about 30% of the time and that's usually in the mornings. The nearest permanently manned police station is 12 miles away and that covers all the surrounding towns as well. As you can imagine their response time is not good! The distance that it has created between the police and the community - particularly young people - is noticeable and very damaging. There are no longer the same opportunities for relationships to naturally develop between the police and local communities. It's very, very rare nowadays to see a policeman patrolling an area on foot whereas when I was younger that was a routine occurence.
• United States
20 Mar 07
I totally agree there was a great lapse in time where we no longer had beat cops as well but now they are trying to bring it back, only the cops are not familiar with the area and are very afraid and shoot first then ask questions later and the ones that are familiar are too proned to join in on the illegal activities and end up either robbing the crooks or beating them down and some cases killing them as well as innocent people.