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Blog 'A quick joke'
Added: Aug-29-2012 By: jfm8561

Recently, a California website ran an discussion forum where the topic was "Ask a Cop."

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?"

A cop with a sense of humor replied:

It
is not easy. In California we average one cop for every 2,000 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 given moment and are
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 each 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 people 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 loud
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 driving drunk, or they
have an outstanding 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 Professional Codes, to name a few. They
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.

We
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 actually like
the fact that we keep the streets safe for them. Next time you are in my
town, give me a single finger wave. That will be a signal that you wish
for me to take a little closer look at you, and then maybe I'll find a
reason to harass YOU.

Looking forward to meeting you!