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A little police levity

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by camiswelding, May 29, 2004.

  1. camiswelding

    camiswelding 1/2 ton status

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    thought I would put a little humor into all the "government is taking control" threads in here so without further ado....
    Question from a CA resident at a forum
    regarding community policing policies:
    "I would like to know how it is possible for police officers
    to continually harass people and get away with it?"

    From the "other side" (the law enforcement side)


    "It is not easy.
    In California we average one cop for every 2000 people.
    About 60% of those cops are on patrol,
    where we do most of the harassing.
    One fifth of that 60% are on duty at any moment
    and available for harassing people.
    So, one cop is responsible for harassing about 10,000 residents.
    When you toss in the commercial, business, and tourist locations
    that attract people from other areas,
    sometimes you have a situation
    where a single cop is responsible for harassing 20,000
    or more people a day.
    A ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds.
    This gives a cop one second to harass a person,
    and three fourths of a second to eat a donut
    AND then find a new person to harass.
    This is not an easy task.
    Most cops are not up to it day in and day out.
    It is just too tiring.
    What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those,
    which we harass.
    They are as follows:

    PHONE:
    People will call us up and point out things
    that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment.
    "My neighbor is beating his wife" is a code phrase we use.
    Then we come out and give special harassment.
    Another popular one on a weeknight is,
    "The kids next door are having a party."

    CARS:
    We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive.
    They like to harass the drivers of fast cars,
    cars blasting music, cars with expired registration stickers, cars leaving party locations in the dead of noght on dark country roads when we are bored (attn ck5)
    and the like.
    It is lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic
    for nothing more obvious than running a red light.
    Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on
    when you find they have drugs in the car,
    are drunk, or have a warrant.

    RUNNERS:
    Some people take off running just at the sight of a police officer.
    Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them
    like a beagle on the scent of a bunny.
    When you catch them you can harass them for hours.

    CODES:
    When you can think of nothing else to do,
    there are books that give ideas for reasons to harass folks.
    They are called "Codes"; Penal, Vehicle, Health and Safety,
    Business and Professions...
    They all spell out all sorts of things
    for which you can really mess with people.
    After you read the code,
    you can just drive around for a while
    until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses
    and harass them.
    Just last week I saw a guy smash a car window.
    Well, the code says that is not allowed.
    That meant I got permission to harass this guy.
    It is a pretty cool system that we have set up,
    and it works pretty well.
    I seem to have a never ending supply of folks to harass.
    And we get away with it. Why?
    Because the good citizens who pay the tab
    like that we keep the streets safe for them.

    Next time you are in my town, give me a single finger wave.
    Its a signal that you wish for me to take a little closer look at you,
    and maybe I'll find a reason to harass YOU.



    hmm... food for thought... tecton
     
  2. ktedesco

    ktedesco 1/2 ton status

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    That has alway been one of my favorite jokes! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif

    I had a copy of that joke taped inside my Posse Box while in the academy.

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  3. camiswelding

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    I figured there would be all kind of comments from the crowd... I always get surprised
     
  4. sled_dog

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    I found it funny if nothing else.
     
  5. Z3PR

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    I for one am greatfull for the hard work you police officers do. Yes, I have seen some abuce of authorty in my time, but it's been by a very small few. I know I wouldn't be able to do your job. Putting up with all kinds of crap all day. I'm not the one, and I don't know how y'all can stand it.
     
  6. sled_dog

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    agreed, there are such things as [darn] cops but hey cops are still human, line up a bunch of random people there is bound to be an [darn] in the bunch.
     
  7. Jeremy_C

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  8. bigburban383

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    cars leaving party locations in the dead of noght on dark country roads when we are bored (attn ck5)


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    Yeah FU /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  9. Goober

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    HEY, that's not funny! /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif








    oh, wait a minute ........... yes it is!

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  10. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    So is playing the Mexican station when you have the drunk redneck that ran from you a few weeks ago considered harassment?/forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
  11. camiswelding

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    its only "cruel and unusual punishment" if you sing along!

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