posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 08:40 AM
I live further south of London and have had on 2 incidents with the police, both positive (IMO).
As an insomniac, I'm usually up at very early hours of the morning, bored and can't sleep. So to try and help, I go for walks around my area to
tire myself out.
Twice now, over several years I might add, I was out for a late nite/early morning stroll, hoodie (not up) under my leather jacket, trainers and
jeans, just walking a nice usual route along fairly well lit streets -- say a couple miles.
One the first occasion (about 3 or 4 years ago) I heard a car approach from behind and start to slow down which instantly has me alerted, so I turn to
look and it's a police car. I stopped and approached with a smile and say Hello. They asked, quite nicely, why I was about at 3am. I said I
couldn't sleep and was just going for a walk to try and wear myself down, saying I only lived on street XX over there (pointing in the direction).
They seemed pleasant enough, made a couple light hearted jokes about being bored and driving about all nite -- I offered to cause trouble if it helped
alleviate their evening with something to do and they laughed. Said have a nice morning, I said likewise, and they drove off.
Pretty much the same thing happened about 18months ago. Again, no issues, no hassle to me personally.
I guess we all meet different kinds of police officers, thankfully my experiences have been pleasant.
And I can see why they check up on people. Let's say i was a naughty person and I was up to no good. If I committed a serious crime which the
police *might have* been able to prevent when they drove past (as their dash cam would have recorded me) they'd be grilled as to why they didn't
just stop and ask what i was doing at 3am.
However, i can see what other people are saying about intruding on your personal freedoms and what if you are innocent and you get some real b*stard
types, etc. I have seen those vids on youtube of the (Boston?) police officer who pretty much assaulted a young skater and some artist chap with an
RC car. He is the sort that destroys the image of genuine police officers worldwide.
Personally, I much prefer the police to question and be nosey than to ignore and assume the best. Just my opinon.