Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Police Meeting the Public

    The use of foot patrols on occasion by police is clearly a smart move for all involved, but not a new technique.  What is now billed as 'community' policing used to be called policing. The Cityis taking a stab at foot patrols at selected times.
     It's also the cat's away the mice will play theory at work. Whether its raising kids, supervising employees, running a club or trying to maintain an orderly society, if the perception exists that no one cares, bad things happen.
      Now walking around doesn't solve all the world's woes but it does allow for interactions and for a closer look at what is going on.   It also sets up the public as partners and not just bystanders.
      This is a worthwhile initiative, and meeting an officer at a point when all Hell's not breaking loose can do nothing but good.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/watertown-patrols-seen-as-way-to-build-rapport-in-community-20160809

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

PR move that'll have no impact...

Anonymous said...

You have got to be kidding me! You? Who complains when the shopkeeper calls the cops, if the shoplifter was not prolific enough in your eyes.

There are only two reasons to have two cops working together. One is if they are training and the other is for dangerous high crime areas. We don't have any areas that meet the danger threshold. So even if it was smart to have foot patrols, it is not smart to have them on the buddy buddy system.

How 'bout you quit complaining when the shopkeeper calls the cops. That way they can kill two birds with one stone. Interact with the public and arrest a democrat in one blow. And its not "all hell breaking lose", its just a petty crime and a person that needs to be slapped, instead of getting way with it, to do it again and again and again.

But just as important, is the hours that they patrol. Just like the fire department, the cops have the same coverage on Sunday morning as they do at traffic hour, dinner hour, Friday & Saturday nights. Dumb dumb dumb. The union should not write the shift coverage, the demand for the service should. And don't be surprised if some fire queen chimes in here to give you disinformation, but it is a fact that there are predictable peaks and lulls in call volume as well as calls that are more of an emergency than others. And FYI...Sunday morning is not a peak crime period.

I recall riding with my uncle and stopping at the light on the corner and the cop on the corner gave him a ticket for a loud muffler. As a child I was sensitive to loud noise and I can tell you the muffler was not nearly as loud as half those dirt-bag bikers have or as loud as half the aftermarket tinted window crowd is sportin'. And most definitely not as loud as the wannabe thugs with the deep bass. And in case you were wonderin', there was no db meter used. I was not impressed by our law enforcement from a very young age.

Anonymous said...

Still a good idea, it used to be Corey now he's gone.

Anonymous said...

@8:53, Would you walk alone? I'm curious as to what you consider a "dangerous high crime area"? Watertown doesn't try to do much, but it sure is trying to win that category of late!

http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ny/watertown/crime/


https://www.roadsnacks.net/worst-places-to-live-in-new-york-state/

Anonymous said...

be a good idea if the sheriffs did some foot patrol. course they'd have to leave the canine handler behind. they'd all need to be sober...

Anonymous said...

hey 8:59, corey is now a sheriff. the new is pretty good though, he takes time to talk to people downtown. I saw him help a kid out with a medical condition yesterday and call an ambulance for him. at least someone cares about something in this town. which is a damn rare thing these days.