posted on Dec, 10 2011 @ 09:04 AM
reply to post by draft.phunk
Ehhh I agree and I dont.
Its the job of the police to be nosey, plain and simple.
Its within the rights of the indiviudal we are dealing with to tell us to eff off and leave.
We can stop cars / individuals if they are in an area where crime has been reported (IE car break ins or vandalism. Must be specific and within the
scope of the stop).
Because some million dollar home was broken into in the next city does not give us the right to stop all people out late at night. Whenever I made
contact with individuals in that manner (on bikes and what not) I just chatted them up. Asked how they were doing, whats going on tonight blah
I took that opprotunity to let them know we have had vandalism / theft / etc in the area and if they observed anyhting out of the ordinary to give us
a call so we can check on it. As far as identifying them I always gave them my first name and asked for their first name.
Was I checking them out to see what they were up to? i was
Did I do it in a threatening or power trip manner - I did not.
The ups and downs of doing that are present. On one side its possible we are tipping the criminals off that we know about crime in the area. It work
in our favor though where if we did catch them at a later time, we could always go back and check for our contact time and if anything was messed with
during that time frame.
The up side is if they are not the theft gang, then we had a good personal contact with the citiens we serve (age is not a determining factor of how I
view or treat people btw. they are citizens of the city, and because of that are my boss as well). Building that trust up does allow for them to be
comfortable passing along information.
win win in my book.
however, the officers who act like jack wagons while doing that ruin it for the rest of us.