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Old 12-17-2007, 07:20 AM   #1
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Cops and harassment...

Just thought I would post this and clarify for all that know how much cops like to harass people, so enjoy this message from one a$$hole of a cop...







Recently, Californian ran an e-mail forum (question and answer exchange) with the topic being "Community Policing." One of the civilian email participants posed the following question: "I would like to know how it is possible for police officers to continually harass people and get away with it?"

From the "other side" (the law enforcement side) a cool cop with a sense of humor replied:

"It is not easy. In California we average one cop for every 2000 people. About 60% of those cops are on patrol, where we do most of the harassing. One-fifth of that 60% are on duty at any moment and available for harassing people. So, one cop is responsible for harassing about 10,000 residents. When you toss in the commercial, business, and tourist locations that attract people from other areas, sometimes you have a situation where a single cop is responsible for harassing 20,000 or more people a day. A ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. Most cops are not up to it day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those, which we harass. They are as follows:

PHONE: People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment. "My neighbor is beating his wife" is a code phrase we use. Then we come out and give special harassment. Another popular one on a weeknight is, "The kids next door are having a party."

CARS: We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars blasting music, cars with expired registration stickers and the like. It is lots of fun when you pick them out of traffic for nothing more obvious than running a red light. Sometimes you get to really heap the harassment on when you find they have drugs in the car, are drunk, or have a warrant.

RUNNERS: Some people take off running just at the sight of a police officer. Nothing is quite as satisfying as running after them like a beagle on the scent of a bunny. When you catch them you can harass them for hours.

CODES: When you can think of nothing else to do, there are books that give ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "Codes"; Penal, Vehicle, Health and Safety, Business and Professions... They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people. After you read the code, you can just drive around for a while until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them. Just last week I saw a guy smash a car window. Well, the code says that is not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It is a pretty cool system that we have set up, and it works pretty well. I seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because the good citizens who pay the tab like that we keep the streets safe for them. Next time you are in my town, give me a single finger wave. That is a signal that you wish for me to take a little closer look at you, and maybe I'll find a reason to harass YOU.

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Classic.

You guys do a great job, even with the few bad apples in the bunch. I would love to be a cop, just can't take the pay cut. Just like the army, I would do it for free as long as they took care of my needs. (bills, groceries, etc.). Thanks for being there, even when you pull me over for entering the turn lane a hundred yards before it begins.

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Classic.

You guys do a great job, even with the few bad apples in the bunch. I would love to be a cop, just can't take the pay cut. Just like the army, I would do it for free as long as they took care of my needs. (bills, groceries, etc.). Thanks for being there, even when you pull me over for entering the turn lane a hundred yards before it begins.
its people like you KG that make eating all those doughnuts worth it
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I just copied and printed that. It will read during this morning's briefing.
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I just copied and printed that. It will read during this morning's briefing.
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How come I can't seem to get the officers in my area to harrass me?
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I hate the "it's someone else's fault" mentality. If you do the crime, you should expect to do the time!!! Run, Resist, Ignore... your consequences await you!!!

Thanks LEO's for what you do. I'll take my ticket if I screw up.
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Old 12-17-2007, 10:41 AM   #9
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yeah what dare said x 2
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I love when a cop pulls me over because men are so predictable. =P
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That was great and how true, Ok chick care to explain
Oh and i'm from a small town only 5,000 people to harass a day so more time for donuts.
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From Ft Worth, TX...population about 650,000 or so...and we LOVE it, when we get to play the "name game"!!
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I liked "harassing" people. I figure when I get my degree I'll go back to doing that for a living. Best job in the world. Except for maybe test driving Jeeps to test the suspension for magazine articles.
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ya this has to be one of the best jobs... ya not much time for doughnuts around these parts especially lately...
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From Ft Worth, TX...population about 650,000 or so...and we LOVE it, when we get to play the "name game"!!


Find me in Bedford, and I'll buy you Steak and Eggs at the Waffle House! (Beats the sh*t outta dougnuts!) (I work HMHEB, in the power plant, evenings)(I mean it!)(We can take the company truck! )
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Old 12-20-2007, 02:03 AM   #16
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That brought me a big smile. The city I work is big and violent (450,000 people), so we average about 1 for 20,000 people and report over 25,000 gangsters. Someone claims I'm harassing them every day. It's a target rich environment and the jail is so full it only takes felony arrests. Welcome to the big city.
PS-I live near you Tiny, just in case you need harassment
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yeah that about sums it up. I'll have to hand that out at briefing tonight. We can all laugh at it while we eat donuts and drink coffee. Then we will patrol and "harass". If we can get our butts out of our chairs.
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That was good, Fox.

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How come I can't seem to get the officers in my area to harrass me?
I know what you mean, Tiny, I feel awfully left out. I guess I'm just too boring to harass.
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If I'm ever up that way in your area I'll stop by and harass ya'll.
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If I'm ever up that way in your area I'll stop by and harass ya'll.
Cool, and we could do some wheeling after!
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Cool, and we could do some wheeling after!
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