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  •  I'm OK w/ "bottom line" or "hit the numbers" (4+ / 0-)

    ...for police but the numbers being tracked need to be crimes committed and crimes solved. Crime stats. I don't think the role of police is to "nurture" communities. The Mayor nurtures,the police protect and defend from crime.  The public interest is in reducing crime, protection, enforcing the rule of law.

    •  You speak as if they should rule us. (2+ / 0-)
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      Alexandra Lynch, J M F
      The Mayor nurtures,the police protect and defend from crime.  The public interest is in reducing crime, protection, enforcing the rule of law.
      Nurturing is what a parent does. The Mayor--a politician--is supposed to be a public servant for all citizens.

      Before protecting and defending, the police in a democratic society must respect the rights of all citizens.

      The citizens of a democratic republic are supposed to live productive and self-managed lives, free from harassment from others, particularly the government.

      I don't care for the smug, paternalistic tone many so-called liberals and centrists have adopted toward their fellow citizens. It breeds arrogance, insularity and disdain for classes of citizens they perceive as their 'lessers.'

    •  wrong (8+ / 0-)
      The public interest is in reducing crime, protection, enforcing the rule of law.
      The police department's job is to serve the community, in whatever capacity the community needs him or her to serve.  Whether that is arresting criminals, directing traffic, passing out water at disaster sites, getting cats out of trees, helping lost little kids find their way home, or whatever.

      If their only task is to arrest, then they are an occupation force, not a community-service force. And deserve to be seen and treated as one.

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