posted on Jan, 22 2008 @ 11:33 PM
No noteworthy police activity in the inland empire at the moment, at least not that I've noticed.
I have observed that police activity seems to ebb and flow at times.
When I lived in Desert Hot Springs, CA (meth hotspot) it happened whenever the sheriff's narcotics task force came to town. Usually you'd hear it
through the grapevine that a friend of a friend knows somebody who got raided, and then you'd start to realize that you were seeing more cops, and
seeing them in the residential areas and back roads, not just on the main drag.
I assume what was happening is that the department went to bigger and longer shifts and focused on generating traffic stops in areas where they
expected to find people with drugs, thereby generating intel for the narcs to make larger busts with.
In other places I've seen them shift their focus to different neighborhoods just to calm the nerves of tax payers after a high profile crime.
The thing to look for is not just increased police activity, but correlation between the places where you see it and the things you see them doing and
current events. Are you seeing police around banks more often that usual right now, and if so, have you checked to see if maybe there is a "hot
season" for bank robberies?
or are you seeing more police in places where there are more registered guns? And if so when did it start? Was a gun control bill proposed in the
state legislature around that time?
A few examples of correlations that would disturb me:
If some nasty little germ breaks out in asia, and we start hearing concerns that a pandemic is about to start, and then I start seeing a noticeable
police presence around hospitals and schools, in cities that have major international airports, like they were getting ready to respond to a crowd
control problem on a moments notice: that would bug me.
If there was a really contentious court case about to be decided- maybe a race related one for example- and I started seeing a lot more police in
minority areas- I would be worried that the police thought a riot was coming.