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More Tickets in Hard Times .
reply to post by thisguyrighthere
Even with my Masters Degree, I would suppose he is quite a bit more informed than myself or anyone on here
I'll go with the expert every time
James Q. Wilson
Born May 27, 1931
Died March 2, 2012 (aged 80)
Residence United States
Fields Political science
Institutions Boston College
Harvard University (1961–1987)
UCLA Anderson School of Management at UCLA (1987–1997)
Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy (1998–2009)
the White House Task Force on Crime (1966)
National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention (1972–73)
Attorney General's Task Force on Violent Crime (1981)
the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1985–90)
President's Council on Bioethics
American Political Science Association
the New England Electric System (now National Grid USA)
State Farm Mutual Insurance
American Enterprise Institute
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
American Philosophical Society
Human Rights Foundation
Alma mater University of Redlands
University of Chicago
Known for Broken windows theory
Notable awards Lifetime Achievement Award, American Political Science Association
Presidential Medal of Freedom
reply to post by saturnine_sweet
You know the only difference between a Sheriff's deputy and a local police officer is that a deputy patrols unincorporated areas of a county. We all have the same arrest powers. It is just a jurisdictional thing.
I do always hear people say that they hear more positive stories about deputies then local police officers, yet I can never find any concrete evidence to back that up.
If there is any truth to it, perhaps it is the fact that the cities, towns and counties with extremely low populations tend to be patrolled by deputies.
Those deputies generally don't have to deal with the big city, urban crime that local police officers tend to deal with.
They are more likely to respond to the local drunk passed out on the sidewalk then a gang violence call. Those two different types of calls absolutely require different styles of policing.
It is also most likely that the deputies in the small population centers know the citizens on a more personal level.
Just food for thought.
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
The awful conditions I described from my current locale are also in Texas. My county isn't terribly large, either, but a large portion of the population is...well...not so great. And so the cops tend to reflect that.
As a note, however, from what I've seen of Texas, there seems to be a serious problem with police forces anyways. Way too many stories of not just abuses, like the recent rape case, but also of them behaving like military occupiers, not as a force to serve and protect the public. I've even seen it in nicer communities, though to less of a degree than where I live now. Which is why I felt the need to point out that some of the issues come from those shaping the police forces for our states and communities.
Recently, Gillette Police Officer Zach Parker was on one of those routine calls when he saw an opportunity to go above and beyond for the community. Parker was actually in the process of issuing a citation for a pet running at-large when he noticed the homeowner receiving the citation was in need of some assistance and kindness.
“He noticed that the family was having a difficult time making ends meet; he was kind of clued into that when he noticed that their clothes were hanging on a line.”---City Administrator Carter Napier
Officer Parker took it upon himself to raise funds to purchase a washer and dryer for the family.
Napier noted other police officers, as well as others, kicked into the fund.
San Diego police officers who rescued man trapped in submerged vehicle hailed as heroes
Two San Diego police officers who risked their lives during a rainstorm to save a driver stranded in a flooded underpass spoke out about their actions.
In a Friday afternoon news conference, Perkins, a 14-year veteran of the force, said, "He was yelling for help, trying to have us come and help him. He was reaching out; I could see him waving his arm out the window yelling for help."
When the officers first arrived at the Witherby Street underpass near Marine Corps Recruit Depot, they saw the driver of a taxi pulling his riders to safety as water rose quickly. The water rushed so fast that within a few minutes, the lights on the top of the cab were completely submerged.
The van was in about two feet of water, but the driver appeared to be OK. The officers said they thought the man would be fine until San Diego Lifeguards and Fire-Rescue teams could arrive, but they were wrong.
"The water was just rising more and more, and at that point, I was like, 'OK, we're probably going to have to go after him,'" said Officer Dudley Ward, a five-year SDPD veteran.
"As the water was rising in the vehicle, that's when I knew something had to be done," said Perkins. "That's when I went around and met with Officer Ward and we decided that we had to go in after him."
The two took off their gun belts and waded into the icy, filthy water. Ward used his non-police issued tool to break the side passenger window, allowing both officers to pull the 20-year-old man out.
Ward and Perkins are being called heroes, but they claim it was all in a day's work. Ward was on overtime when he responded and Perkins responded because of his familiarity with the underpass.
"I don't consider myself a hero; I'm just doing my job," Perkins said.
Ward added, "Anybody else would do the same thing."