Originally posted by jezebel
It's good to see that our police depts. are maintaining such a high level of integrity.
SPRINGFIELD, Fla. — This Florida Panhandle town is getting new police cars for only $1 each, but there's a catch. The cars will be festooned with
corporate sponsorship logos similar to those on race cars.
They've been doing that in some areas of the UK for a few years now. I went back to the area I was born in last year and had to pop into the local
Police station to ask directions. Outside, the rear wing of each patrol car had , believe it or not, a Macdonalds logo and slogan.
Aside from the question about integrity, I'd imagine it somewhat cheapens the whole experience of being arrested!
I can, however, understand WHY they had to sink such a level, the British Police force has been underfunded for years, so I suppose they'll take any
investment where they can get it, but I cannot see the Florida Police being THAT strapped for cash!
At the end of the day alot of this about respect, and they will lose an element of that if they publically suck the corporate cock. I mean, where
would it end? If the Director of a company who's logo festoons a sqaud car is 'caught with his pants down' in an illegal situation, will he be
allowed to quiely zip 'em up and walk away? After all, it would be rather embarrasing for the Police if the guy who's company name is splashed all
over their fleet of cars goes down for illegal doings. That's a pretty extreme example, but a not altogether unbelievable scenario.
This sounds stupid, but I've lost a lot of repect for the Metropolitan Police, becuase they walk around looking like they have no respect for
themselves half the time.
They don't bother with a tie (which is only a clip-on thing by the way, not a proper 'chocker') and it's not uncommon for them to be chewing gum.
That's pretty acceptable in the US, but in the UK, it's just slack. It's obviously their attempt to be seen as less 'threatening' and more of a
Police 'service' than a Police 'force', but it actaully throws out the impression that they couldnt give a toss about themselves. If they ever
start placing adverts on Met sqaud cars then all hope is lost.
My point is, if the Police, the upholders of the Law, don't look either fully impartial, or as if they have any respect for themselves - be it
through adverts on cars or slack dress - the people they are paid to 'protect and serve' will lose a certain amount of respect for them. You may say
I'm wrong, but if the next time there's a murder in your neighbourhood a Police car arrives looking like an ice-cream van, you'll see I'm right.