I would really favor systems that require most, if not all the police in a given department to actually live in the area that their department covers. Besides the obvious effect it would have on the police themselves, I think it would also make the public have a more positive attitude towards the officers.
He's probably not gonna shoot you if your kids play T-ball on the same team.Your lawn is a little overgrown, a nosy neighbor gets snotty about it, what do you say? What if her husband has a gun, and the local police force won't even question him if he shoots you on your own front porch?
Your neighbors are having a loud marital dispute, and it sounds like he is slapping her around. What do you do? Do you do the same thing if you know that if the cops show up they are not only not going to do anything about their 'brother in blue,' but they will surely let him know that he should probably shoot his neighbor?
Your neighbor's kid has a habit of shooting out everyone's porch lights with his BB gun. How do you go about informing the parents when one of them is armed with a real gun and has the authority to shoot you pinned to their chest?
He's probably not gonna shoot you if your kids play T-ball on the same team.
I am the coach.Really? You mean that guy that hollers constantly at every game, makes ridiculous demands on the coach, and wants to fight with every parent that says anything other than how great his kid is is somehow better if he has a gun and a badge?
Most parents aren't like that, including cops.
And yes... even that guy isn't going to shoot you if he knows you... he might fight, or shoot one of the parents on the other team, but not the guys he knows.
My brother's roommate in school was a cop. If he knew we were coming to visit him, he'd plan an ambush for us when we were driving into town. He always thought it was fricken hilarious. Except for that, he was a great guy and go to bat for people in the neighborhood if they were having police issues. Always nice to have one on your side if you needed it.
Dongmouths are always going to have a retort to end things with. "Oh yea, Imma sue you." "Or, my dad is going to beat your dad up" is often the most amicable available resolution to a non-amicable situation. Possibly unrewarding if violence was desired, maybe? Dunno.
This reminded me of a story by Ray Bradbury in which one lone human decides to walk by night instead of staying in and watching TV and he's arrested by an unmanned patrol car.They're supposed to take an interest. I generally wave. Kinda like I would if I was alone on the street with anyone. "Hi there, human."