Community Policing... a/k/a harassment

Community Policing... a/k/a harassment

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    Community Policing... a/k/a harassment

    Recently, the Chula Vista, California Police Department ran an e-mail forum (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, "Community Policing."

    One of the civilian e-mail participants posed the following question, "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) Sgt. Bennett, obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:

    "First of all, let me tell you this... it's not easy. In Chula Vista, we average one cop for every 600 people. Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might refer to as "patrol") where we do most of our harassing. The rest are in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents. At any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty. So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 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 10,000 or more people a day.

    Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass.

    The tools available to us 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 used often. This means we'll come out and give somebody some special harassment.

    Another popular one: "There's a guy breaking into a house." The harassment team is then put into action.

    CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no driver's licenses and the like. It's 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, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file.

    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.

    STATUTES: When we don't have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better to do, there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "Statutes"; Criminal Codes, Motor Vehicle Codes, etc...They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people. After you read the statute, you can just drive around for awhile until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them. Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there's this book we have that says that's not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It's a really cool system that we've set up, and it works pretty well. We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to "harass" some people.

    Next time you are in my town, give me the old "single finger wave." That's another one of those codes. It means, "You can't harass me." It's one of our favorites.
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    Love it and I hope they continue the harassment.
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    "Who is to say that I am not an instrument of karma? Indeed, who is to say that I am not the very hand of God himself, dispatched by the Almighty to smite the Philistines and hypocrites, to lay low the dishonest and corrupt, and to bust the jawbone of some jackass that so desperately deserves it?"

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    Love the sarcasm!
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    I apprecaite it when witty and inteligent people get a chance to respond to narrowminded angry people. That was very entertaining.
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    Sounds like something Sixto would write
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    Sgt. Bennett is one of my new heros. CLASSIC!!!! Humor, sarcasm, intelligence, logic, and quick wit all rolled into one. Outstanding!!!

    This should be published somewhere for all to read. Too good not to share!!!!
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    A cop with a sense of humor.
    We need more of those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugDude View Post
    Sgt. Bennett is one of my new heros. CLASSIC!!!! Humor, sarcasm, intelligence, logic, and quick wit all rolled into one. Outstanding!!!

    This should be published somewhere for all to read. Too good not to share!!!!
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    This is going to end up being a classic that gets repeated and sent out multitudes of times.

    What a great come back to an entirely stupid, out-of-place question.
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    Good one.

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    It reminds me of the radio interview of a female radio host interviewing a military commander in which she was grilling him about training young people to be violent, etc. She said, "you're equipping these young people to become killers." and he replied, "well, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but it doesn't mean you are one does it?" There was a minute of silence and they went to commercial. When they came back on air the show moved on to something totally different. Another timeless classic.

    PS. I'm sure I have butchered the original story in many ways, but hopefully you get the idea and may be able to recall or find the story.
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    You can't make that stuff up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guns and more View Post
    A cop with a sense of humor.
    We need more of those.

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