posted on Jul, 21 2006 @ 06:51 PM
I think what you have there is what I call a f'd up state of affairs. Reading that there are 60.000 active warrants it sounds like the cops out
there are busy arresting those knuckleheads the first time. But for Chavez to say that it could be changed, I read into that as saying they have the
manpower, just havent' been challenged on it. Let me ask this. Are there a lot of cops working traffic and issuing traffic tickets? If there are,
then you are facing a policy problem where the priority has been placed on revenue generation. This most likely is a hand-down from the city council,
mayor, what have you, since they can hire/fire the police chief, and therefore set a lot of the policy. So, if I read this right, that's where part
of the problem is.
As for what the job of police is, anyone who is wanted should be apprehended. In VA, if there is a stop made, and the person has an outstanding
warrant somewheres else, off to jail they go. I'd say a lot of the cops in Albuquerque would prefer to make the bad guy go away to jail, but due to
either policy or work load, aren't able to assist the bondsman. As you can see from above, you can tell what my guess is.
But the issue with the bondsman is a little different, and this may make some people mad, but its something to consider: Lets say the cops stopped
McCullough, and saw that he had an outstanding warrant for his failure to appear. They know who he is, have reason to arrest him, problem solved.
Now enter the bond agent. The bond agent calls dispatch, says he has McCullough, and the guy is wanted. Cops go, and by this time, McCullough and
the bondsman are in a fight. The cops intervene, seperate them, and if they're smart cuff 'em both until this is sorted out. Ooops. It wasn't
McCullough. The bond agent had the wrong guy, and he was lawfully resisting the bond agent. Now you've got a stink. Did the cops do anything
wrong? No. They broke up a fight. Will that keep the guy from suing the cops. No.
So another element of the problem is, dealing with bond agents. I don't care for them much myself, and quite frankly I refuse to watch "Dog, The
Bounty Hunter." Just a redneck with OC, imho. Anyway, the way bond works in VA is that the defendant can put up the whole ammount in cash or
property, or can hire a bondsman, who takes %10 of the bond ammount from the defendant and puts up entire ammount to the court. The difference is, if
the defendant puts up the whole ammount, they can get it back by showing up. The bondsman always keeps the 10, which is how they make their money,
and completely feeds on the poor. But then they want the court to give it back to them anyway if thier "client" skips on them. So , if thier guy
doesn't show up, its up to them to get them to court, or they loose the money. Its not the cops fault if they backed a bad horse. Anyway, a lot of
bond agents really aren't the most ethical people, and getting mixed up with them can lead to trouble. One of them out this way is a cross
dresser who shot his boyfriend, but somehow he beat the felony, and still gets to carry a gun, and has had incidents since (he actually made it on to
Jerry Springer). If this guy were to call and say, I need help arresting a guy who jumped bail, I wouldn't touch it unless a law was being broken,
right then (other than the failure to appear), especially on a DUI. Besides, if its a dangerous guy, most times the bond agents will just tell the
cops where the guy is and let them do the whole shebang. The agents want their money, not to get really hurt. So that the bondsman called the cops
to assist him in executing the arrest in the first place probably told them McCullough wasn't a heavy hitter.
Also consider that this policy was apparently new news to Contreras, which means, it was a recent change, flub up, or Contreras didn't usually try to
aprehend folks himself. Not that any of that reall means anything...
I probably didn't clear anything up, but to answer the question directly, what, in my opinion the job of cops are is: to snatch up the bad
guys, leave traffic tickets alone (except for offenses that really endanger the public), and just in general be around to help (community policing).
If there is one thing I could change it would be to make law enforcement proactive, but you can't do that without seriously violating the
Sorry if this comes out kind of jumbled. I'm trying to write in a hurry.
[edit on 21-7-2006 by hogtie]