Guest Post by Payton PT Pickard
Recently I made a comment to a friend of mine who got very upset with me. I stated “Cops are for cleanup.” The argument ensued. The argument against my statement was that cops protect people. They go undercover, they patrol cities and they keep crime from happening by doing these things.
What do cops really do that is not reactive? They are not allowed to be proactive. If they were to arrest someone for thinking about doing something they would get into trouble. Yes they do patrol which might deter crimes. Right there. Only right there, where they are. Down the street a crime could be being committed because the police are not there at that moment.
One argument that has been stated is drunk drivers. Yes there is a bit of being proactive there but it is still based on reactive. The cop had to stop a drunk driver after he was driving drunk to proactively keep someone from getting killed by a drunk driver. That kind of example is the only kind of example of cops being proactive. Even when they stop you late at night to see if you are drunk or on drugs they have to come up with a reason to stop you (this happened to me) which would be reactive.
I am not trying to insult or degrade my cop friends or relatives or any others in law enforcement but facts are facts. The nature of the law prohibits cops from being proactive. There is a place for cops but in reality it is not for protection it is for investigating crimes that have already happened (clean up).
There is another form of “clean up.” When the government collects fines for infractions. When there is money paid to the state (government) for crime there is a very easy room for corruption. Fines are to help support the city or state and the cops are the tools to collect that “tax.” If any percentage of money is used to support any percentage of government and the bosses want to collect more money to help run things then they just tell their collectors (cops) to collect more. This is corruption. It is not the fault of the cop but it is still corruption.