kwackers wrote:I wonder how many people just like me wonder why on earth I pay anything for the police?
I read somewhere that they will no longer be handling (small) cases of fraud, they don't bother with traffic and I believe most thefts and burglary's are handled by simply handing out crime numbers.
The few times I've had any dealings, my complaints have just disappeared into a black hole never to be heard of again.
Finally at the end of the day it seems they're playing politics too, despite not being elected!
Exactly what is their function?
From where I'm stood it seems their primary function is to hand out crime numbers.
(No wonder the starting salary is being reduced, anyone can hand out crime numbers...)
The function of the police has morphed into simply justifying the police. So, terrorism becomes important because it justifies their demands for increased powers of arrest, detention, and surveillance. Assaults on police become important because they justify an ever increasing arsenal of weapons, and a level of pay considerably above the average, or very above average if you relate it only to jobs people actually want to do. Their basic external function is to keep the sheeple under control. No problem with the legions of drongos that what is laughingly called the education system is turning out, and they bow to the ruling classes, so it's down on the middle classes, who are always willing to roll over and take a kicking for the good of the nation.
Nowadays, the police will vilify courts for throwing out their shoddily presented, barely investigated, cases. They will defend their actions however indefensible, saying that people outside the police simply do not understand. Defending from villainy the decent majority of the public, however daft, well meaning and a bit dim they were/are, used to be the function of the police. Now the police look upon the public with contempt. They get by because it is fairly easy to lock up criminal idiots, so they have success to brag about. It is fairly easy to blame courts for their inaction instead of their own incompetence because the majority of the public(and a large percentage of police officers) have no idea whatever about how the courts work.
Pacifists cannot accept the statement "Those who 'abjure' violence can do so only because others are committing violence on their behalf.", despite it being "grossly obvious."