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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Now That We've Seen The Crime Stats Go Down...Waay Down.....Read This

A loyal reader sent me in this funny piece about "police harassment" and, well perhaps you'll get a chuckle out of it too. Besides, it's a good way to say "well done" to Chief Pristoop and the men and women of the Annapolis Police Department. It happens to come from another Annapolis, The Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada:

POLICE HARASSMENT . . . Recently, RCMP Kings Detachment  in Nova Scotia, ran an e-mail forum (a question and answer exchange) with the topic being, "Community Policing."
 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."
From the "other side" (the law enforcement side) Cst Sandy Horsnell 
obviously a cop with a sense of humor replied:

"First of all, let me tell you's not easy. In the Annapolis Valley 
we average one cop for every 600 people. Only about 60% of those cops are on general duty (or what you might refer to as "patrol") where we do most of our harassing.

The rest are in non-harassing departments that do not allow them contact
with the day to day innocents. And at any given moment, only one-fifth ofthe 60% patrollers are on duty and available for harassing people while the
rest are off duty. So roughly, one cop is responsible for harassing about 5,000 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 10,000 or more people a day.

Now, your average ten-hour shift runs 36,000 seconds long. This gives a cop

one second to harass a person, and then only three-fourths of a second to eat
a donut AND then find a new person to harass. This is not an easy task. To be
honest, most cops are not up to this challenge 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 can realistically harass.

The tools available to us are as follows:

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 used often. This means we'll come out and give somebody
some special harassment.

Another popular one is, "There's a guy breaking into a house." The

harassment team is then put into action.

We have special cops assigned to harass people who drive. They like

to harass the drivers of fast cars, cars with no insurance or no driver's
licenses and the like. Its 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, they are drunk, or have an outstanding warrant on file.

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.

When we don't have PHONES or CARS and have nothing better to do,

there are actually books that give us ideas for reasons to harass folks.
They are called "Statutes"; Criminal Codes, Motor Vehicle Codes, etc...
They all spell out all sorts of things for which you can really mess with

After you read the statute, you can just drive around for awhile until

you find someone violating one of these listed offenses and harass them.
Just last week I saw a guy trying to steal a car. Well, there's this book
we have that says that's not allowed. That meant I got permission to
harass this guy. It is a really 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 for the good citizens who pay the tab, we
try to keep the streets safe for them, and they pay us to "harass" some

Next time you are in my town, give me the old "single finger wave."

That's another one of those codes. It means, "You can't harass me."
 *It's one of our favorites.*

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