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I finally came to the conclusion that if some people are afraid to sign their real name to a post on this forum because of a claimed fear of repercussions/retaliation perhaps they would better keep their comments to themselves (even when they think their comments are not controversial). Signing one's real name to an opinion tends to give one pause before writing it.
I agree with Kenneth that there would be very few cheaps shots taken if the writer's identity is known. I believe that people have a right to speak freely in a forum like this, but that right also also means being responible for what is said.
Can anyone tell me exactly who the City prosecutor prosecutes and for what reasons? i.e. what is his official job description, where is his office located, who does he report to and how much does he get paid?
A few personal questions to ask yourself…..
1. Has anything Tiger Woods did or didn’t do the other night made a big difference in your life?
2. Is your own life so dull, boring and/or pointless that you really, really give a big rat’s behind about HIS personal life?
Other than noting that Tiger is pretty good with a golf club and enjoyable to watch occasionally, I could care less about him one way or the other. If, however, you absolutely must know all the latest, gory details, you can buy the gossip rags at the supermarket checkout counter. Alternatively, you can send Tiger a letter in care of his fan club in which you can berate him at length about the negative impact his alleged shenanigans have had on America’s youth.
Geez, you’d think we were in the dog days of August! C’mon folks. Get a life….
So if they were better educated, there would very few complaints?
1. Just for fun, why don't you stop over at Victoria College some time and ask to review the Police Academy Curriculum? You know, see just what they're taught, since many current VPD officers have gone through the local Academy.
You also might want to chat with the VPD training officer and ask him about the on-going training and education requirements that officers go through annually. I'll bet you a cup of coffee, he'd be willing to discuss it with you.
2. After all the education you feel they should have, how are you gonna keep some of them from abusing their authority anyway, as has been suggested is the case many times in this forum? How are you gonna weed out cops with "snotty attitudes" and peoples perceptions that they are just way too suspicious of ordinary folks. Aren't there always going to be some abusers of the system?
Please don't suggest a Civilian Review Board - I lived in cities, large and small, where that was tried and inevitably it evolved into a debacle of racial bias claims, even when the police officers were of the same ethnic background as the "victims".
3. Finally how are you going to keep some cops from becoming cynical after dealing with honest-to-god scumbags over the years? Do you really think that won't have an negative effect on THEIR perceptions? Wouldn't it on yours if you were in their shoes?
ThirdPartyObserver, legion357, thewaywardwind, Zorro, Hicktoria, exresident, MattOcker, etc., etc.I’ve got a several questions for you:
!. Can you suggest an alternative to a police department/Sheriff’s Office?
2. If not, can you suggest a way to recruit and/or train police officers to ALWAYS be easy-going, light-hearted, un-suspicious, never be tired near the end of a long shift, not cynical after several years of dealing with people who beat their spouses, abuse little children, mug old people for a few bucks or burglarize a home to support a drug habit, drive drunk and kill innocent people, all while maintaining a smile and seeing the humor of some smart-mouth jackass cursing at them because they’ve been pulled over for speeding?
3. How many of you REALLY believe you could do a better job after three or four years of dealing with the type of folks mentioned in item #2 while never knowing when you might suddenly confront a REAL cop-hater who’s armed and having a bad day?
I mean really.....please tell me about a realistic alternative or how you would find and train such paragons of virtue. If you can’t, then it’s obvious to me (to borrow an O’Reilly favorite) that you’re all likely a bunch of lip-flapping bloviaters and you’re REEAAALLLY boring with your little horror stories of the abuse that may have been inflicted upon you ( please don’t bother to share them with me, just call the ACLU, okay?)
Thank you and Happy Birthday to all my fellow Marines - Semper Fi!
Hicktoria, waywardwind, et al,
Based on your obvious expertise, you all have your opinions on how the VPD should be run. But let me share an idea with you: The VPD puts on a course for interested folks called the Civilian Police Academy. The course is 10 weeks long (6pm to 9pm on Tuesday plus two Saturdays. The classes cover all aspects of local police work from traffic control to drug stings to detective work to dealing with gangs. There's lots of hand-on training, including how to safely make a traffic stop, to doing a building search in the dark with a flash light. On one of the Saturdays, students go out to the police firing range and use PD service pistols. Students also get to do ride alongs (day or night)on regular patrol duty.
When it's all done, I guarantee you'll have a lot more insight into how things actually work. You may still have some legitimate concerns about how and why the VPD operates, but you'll be able to speak from a basis of real knowledge and facts, and not from some half-baked rumors, half truths and uneducated biases. The next class begins in mid January.
Or, on the other hand, you can continue to sit around and and make holier than thou pronouncements about how YOU think the department should be run and/or take more cheap shots at the Chief.
Of course taking the class would mean putting your money (time, actually) where your mouth is.