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Bringing police closer to those they serve


The idiots who demand that police departments should be abolished are not serious people and shouldn’t be taken seriously—although, unfortunately, some of them are in charge of cities such as Minneapolis and Seattle. You have to feel sorry for the citizens of such benighted cities, but one must acknowledge that voters get the kind of government they deserve.

Such nonsense distracts from the reality that there are some police reforms that many rational people who believe in law and order and who love the police that keep us safe can get behind.

Ending police immunity—The police should not be immune when the actions they take violate the laws they are supposed to be upholding. 

De-militarizing the police—Over the last few decades following the increased model of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) forces, police departments all over the country have become more like armies than like police. Often, when deployed, they look like armies of occupation instead of officers who ought to be as familiar and friendly with the people of the neighborhood as the grocer who sells them produce.

Ending Civil Forfeiture—Police forces all over the country use the ability to seize assets of people ACCUSED of crimes as a cash cow to help fund their departments. This is an evil practice that assumes that people are guilty until proven innocent, and even then good luck with getting your property returned

Ending no knock entry by police—This practice has resulted in a number of deaths when officers have entered homes by mistake and the inhabitants have rightly tried to defend themselves from what they perceived to be a home invasion.

As for Escondido itself, it’s actually something of a shining jewel when it comes to law enforcement in San Diego County. Not to mention an efficient operation.

The number of sworn officers per thousand residents works out this way:

Escondido, 1.05/1,000

San Diego Region 1.28/1,000

Nationwide, 2.17/1,000.

When it comes to law enforcement spending in San Diego, which ranges from $194-$447 per capita, Escondido’s is $266, which is the second lowest in the County. Yet Escondido’s crime statistics are lower than cities that spend a lot more than it does.

Moreover the city police do not cooperate with ICE, obeying the state law that requires that police departments not share information with the Immigration authorities. You may think that policy is moronic—and I do—but it certainly makes the city police stand out as being friendly to immigrants.

In the case of Escondido, if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it.

*Note: Opinions expressed by columnists and letter writers are those of the writers and not necessarily those of the newspaper.

One response to “Bringing police closer to those they serve”

  1. Francis (Tony) Eason says:

    David:
    Some important stats and some very sound opinions. I agree entirely.

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