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Originally posted by Astronomer70
How can you possibly hope to define the "job" of police when the word job itself has no clearly defined agreed meaning?
posted by wellwhatnow
On a societal level, the police would ideally promote the security and survival of society. However, the division between the police and the civilian has grown dangerously in the last several years. [Edited by Don W]
In many circles, it is simply unacceptable to speak to law enforcement, testify at a hearing, or make any statements. Proponents of the movement are now mass producing clothing lines, including t-shirts with stop signs on the front and the caption "Stop Snitching."
From a sociological perspective, the only reason for police to exist is to benefit and promote the society. The organizational imperative has overridden the real purpose of a police force, and without some sweeping and wide spread social change, the problem will only get worse.
Originally posted by donwhite
We must be sure we have identified the real problem and not go off “half cocked” and shoot ourselves in the foot.
posted by wellwhatnow
posted by donwhite
We must be sure we have identified the real problem and not shoot ourselves in the foot.
[Edited by Don W]
I am not blaming the police for what has happened. The root of the problem is in our law making bodies. [Edited by Don W]
The police do not decide what will be illegal. A very small group of elites are allowed to define what will be considered deviant. Then they decide how the police are to go about enforcing the law.
This is a problem as I do not trust these few to decide what is best for all of society . . Those who gave them the power are the ones I blame first. [Edited by Don W]
posted by GradyPhilpott
You could start here: You could consider the items you mentioned and elaborate on them.
In addition, with more than 60,000 active warrants in Bernalillo County, sending officers to arrest every wanted person would take too much manpower, he added.
I doubt that the police force, as it is currently organized could handle the task, but given the number of outstanding warrants in our county, it would seem that placing a priority on this issue would be a good start.
Originally posted by semperfortis
There are not enough of us out there....