When You Are a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail:
The Georgia State Patrol has promised to step-up patrols this weekend, a warning that should surprise no one. During college football season, the GSP positions officers to intercept suspected DUI drivers.
The best way to avoid trouble is to have a designated driver. That being said, many innocent people are rounded up when the police “crackdown” on crime. In fact, the idea of increased enforcement without results would be seen as a failure. As a result, "criminals" must be found, no matter what.
Recently we have learned that DeKalb County Georgia has a quota system for tickets and arrests. County officials deny the quota, yet admit that officers had goals to assure they were working. Poppycock!! When thinking about these "goals," I wondered if someone had considered that a good day in DeKalb County could have been a day when no crimes occurred. I guess police supervisors cannot imagine a safe and secure county.
Instead, police officers were disciplined, demoted, giving lousy assignments, and denied promotions if they did not meet their ticket and arrest "goals." The results have been false arrests, planting of evidence, harassment of innocent people, and corruption.
Lack of Faith in Police:
When police officers become collection agents for the government, citizens lose faith in the police. Combined with the absurd war on drugs, people have a negative view of police in general. Civil society cannot exist when the social contract between the government and the public is broken. Ironically, the quickest and most sure way to break something is when your try to crack it.