Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Robert Peel wrote about 200 years ago “The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.” In fact, quite the opposite is true. Police cars racing around, code 3, with red lights and sirens blaring is not comforting to most communities. Having a SWAT team on your lawn while they conduct a raid on the neighbors home does note make people feel better about their community.

People want to have efficient police services, but they don’t want to have to think about them. The want criminals to go to jail but they would rather have no criminals at all. It is important for us to inform the public when we make arrests, but people really want to see crime decrease and their communities to be safe places to live. If there is crime it is the duty of the police to suppress and control it. There is no point in a city having great schools if the kids are assaulted in the classroom. There is no reason to live near a park that is overrun with gangsters and drug dealers.

One way to reduce crime is to insure convictions of those we do arrest. The initial response should be quick, information gathered and the crime scene processed professionally. Too many crimes are not processed by a crime scene investigator. A car broken into in the driveway of someone’s home may not be the crime of the century to the responding officer, but it’s a big deal to the victim. Careful investigations lead to convictions and that gets crooks off the street; that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

I've already HAD an officer taking down a perp on my 2AM!
I just poked my head out and asked if he needed any assistance...he replied "I'm good" for me.

But I did lend them my spotlight to check the area for a tossed weapon.
You do what you have to do, as a citizen.

In my area, when I'm not thinking of the police, that's not a good thing.
They are always in the back of my mind.

I still maintain that the BEST way to address crime is by PATROLS (first)...let officers get to know the area better than their own backyard!
If the "crims" know an area is patrolled regualrly and stops are made on people that appear suspicious, crime tends to shy away.
Very good points alla round.
It does come down to INVESTGATING...every time, and it's a dmna good deterrent.

Stay safe

Bunkermeister said...

Officers who work a small beat and know the people are the best law enforcement tool.