Police Harrassment

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Gojubrian, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

    Recently, RCMP Kings Det in Nova Scotia, ran an e-mail forum (a 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) Cst Sandy Horsnell obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:

    "First of all, let me tell you this...it's not easy. In the Annapolis Valley we average one cop for every 600 people. Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might refer to as "patrol") where we do most of our harassing.

    The rest are in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact with the day to day innocents. And at any given moment, only one-fifth of the 60% patrollers are on duty and available for harassing people while the rest are off duty. So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 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 10,000 or more people a day.

    Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives a cop one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat a donut AND then find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. To be honest, most cops are not up to this challenge day in and day out. It is just too tiring. What we do is utilize some tools to help us narrow down those people which we can realistically harass.

    The tools available to us are as follows:

    People will call us up and point out things that cause us to focus on a person for special harassment. "My neighbour is beating his wife" is a code phrase used often. This means we'll come out and give somebody some special harassment.
    Another popular one is, "There's a guy breaking into a house." The harassment team is then put into action.

    We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no driver's licenses and the like. Its 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, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file.

    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.

    When we don't have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better to do, there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks. They are called "Statutes"; Criminal Codes, Motor Vehicle Codes, etc... They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with people.

    After you read the statute, you can just drive around for awhile until you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them. Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there's this book we have that says that's not allowed. That meant I got permission to harass this guy. It is a really cool system that we have set up, and it works pretty well.

    We seem to have a never-ending supply of folks to harass. And we get away with it. Why? Because for the good citizens who pay the tab, we try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to "harass" some people.

    Next time you are in my town, give me the old "single finger wave." That's another one of those codes. It means, "You can't harass me."
    *It's one of our favorites.*

  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire Active Member Supporter

    Nice post, goju. Thanks for sharing.

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    I like it. Nova Scotia? What are the heck are they doing up there? Are they stealing fish or something?
  4. suprdave

    suprdave New Member

    Molesting Caribou
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    Hey, that is one of the best perks of the job, harassing random citizens, er, law breakers.

    The best one is we don't have to get angry at the rude drivers, we get to harass them face to face for 10 minutes or so. As it turns out most of the "rude" driving behavior is covered in that book we get issued called the Transportation Code here in Texas.
  6. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

    Amen Robocop. I was directing traffic at an accident on IH-10 today, had all 4 lanes shut down, letting them go one-at a time around a 5-car/2 power poles/1 big a**ed RV wreck. When I saw someone change lanes into the one that was moving at the time, I waited 'til they got up front, stopped that lane and went to the next. What was even better was making the idiots who thought that they could get by on the shoulder wait even longer. It's great having someone say "Thank you" when I give them a ticket. :D :p :cool:
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2010
  7. tristan

    tristan New Member

    that was pretty funny.
  8. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    Good post Goju!! Got it in e-mail a while back...still funny!!
  9. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

    "Why aren't you people out arresting criminals?!?!"
    "Well, I was on my way to do that, ma'am, when you forced me to stop and write you a ticket."

    "I guess you are just trying to fill your quota."
    "No sir- they did away with that. Now they let me write all the tickets I want."

    "I guess the police department needs the money."
    "Oh- we don't get any of the money. But if you get two more of these, you get a bicycle."

    "Why would you think I was not wearing my seat belt?"
    "Because at the moment, I am standing on the buckle- it was hanging out of your door."

    "You know, your Captain is a friend of mine."
    "The Captain? You mean the guy that made me work overtime this week? He's your FRIEND?"

    "I thought you guys didn't give pretty women tickets...."
    "No ma'am, we don't. Sign here, please." :D
  10. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

    Love those!!