Good Cop - Bad Cop
It has ever been so ... that the criminal, seeing his "prey" organizing to protect itself, "joins" the protectors. The wolf becomes the sheep.
Just who's fault is it anyway? Why do we need a Knapp Commission? Why don't the police police themselves?
Two words ... Police Solidarity
As long as police believe themselves to be separate from (and often above) the civilization they are in, the best among them will protect the worst. It is the most honorable police officer who is at general fault for all corruption in those ranks.
Note: He is not responsible for individual acts - just the general level of corruption.The only proper loyalty a police officer can have is directly to his own conscience ... same as the rest of us. He is obligated to cleave to the truth, as best he can honestly see it, just like me and you. If this is too tough, it is too bad. Find another "weaker" profession.
Thirty men from Gonzales (volunteers) went to the Alamo.
What is the source of such corruption as there is? And its concomitant "solidarity"?We go back to the method by which elected officials are chosen. By the nature of the present process, graft is the norm. It starts at the top and goes all the way down the chain of command. For many police graft of one sort or another is considered part of their pay.
And the honest officer knows this.
What to do when the public complains? Look the other way ... but say nothing. Now you are guilty (in your own eyes) of complicity. Therefore, march arm in arm with every other officer presenting a "solid" front to the public.
Little known to honest police is the fact that this solidarity is illusory and will break like Iraqi conscriptees at the sight of just a few "tough" guys.
Consequences of a "rubber" spineAn honest officer, who's spine has become flexible, must:
On the size of police departmentsHow big an organ of government gets is determined by how much the grafters running it can get away with.
Currently, the size of PDs nationwide is determined by your fear of the drug boogyman who is going to get your kids if you don't give PDs everything they ask for.
Of course, pursuing the "narco trafico" is just what the doctor ordered if your purpose is to expand PD ranks. Here, a small problem (drug use) is blown up into immense proportions as the "destroyer of civilization".
I can't think of any way to increase drug use more than by present policies. The political machine has outdone itself. Actually, I admire things well done ... even evil things (but not for their moral effects - just the expertness of design). See my piece - Rants/ "Drugs - the straight dope".
The Greatest Expense of PDsThe most costly thing for a PD is to pay itself. It requires an army of "defacto" robbers in order to collect money to feed the machine. Hence, 80% of police work consists of revenue enhancement. The most important revenue generator is the "motorist shakedown", i.e. traffic tickets.
One police car, manned round the clock, devoted to motorist "control", can easily generate ~ five million dollars per annum. Like this,
Note for the ignorant: I do not wish to imply that traffic control is unnecessary. Rather, I have seen with my own eye "revenue enhancement" in action. (Speed traps, multiple squad cars obvioulsy in wait for the 10 mph over speeder, etc.)I can't resist a good functional solution to a problem. Here's one for traffic control.