Okay.. I just have to say this.
Before you go on and start ranting about "that stupid cop" or how a department is "misusing it's resources" sit down and consider some facts.
You ARE misinformed. Why? Are you on the Police Board? Do you know why they are doing certain things? No? Most of the information put out has been pure speculation.
People complain that the department should take traffic cops off their beat and start using the resources to prevent rapes and murders.
First: Inform yourself: Leading Causes of Death
Lets Extract some Numbers:
Number of Deaths in Canadian Males:
2,376 -- Motor vehicle collisions -- 1 death every 4 hrs.
2,317 -- Substance abuse -- 1 death every 4 hrs.
487 -- Homicides all causes -- 1 death every 18 hrs.
Number of Deaths in Canadian Females:
1,061 -- Motor vehicle collisions -- 1 death every 8 hrs.
844 -- Substance abuse -- 1 death every 10 hrs.
245 -- Homicide, all causes -- 1 death every 32 hrs.
Now lets think about a Police Departments Goal: "To Protect and Serve"
The facts are there. At least 4 times as many die each year in motor vehicle accidents than those that are murdered. From the facts alone, how can you complain that traffic enforcement is a misuse of resources?
4 times more people die from substance abuse than murder. What is substance abuse? Drug overdose, alcohol poisoning, etc. Can you tell me that counter attack, school liason and community awareness programs are a misuse of resources?
Think about the underlying facts and consider this scenario.
You get 'hassled' by a police officer for smoking weed. First and foremost it is against the law and it is their job to enforce the law. However, put that fact aside. Whether everyone agrees or not, smoking pot may (MAY not WILL) lead to the use of harder drugs (If a person NEVER smoked pot, the chances of them using Cocaine is much smaller). The use of harsh narcotics such as cocaine or heroin can lead to substance abuse and possibly death.
The next time a squeegy boy gets you pulled over for not wearing your selt belt, think about how 4 times as many people die in car accidents than murders. 8% of BC residents do not wear their seat belt. Not wearing a seat belt can enhance the possibility of death in a motor vehicle accident.
Think bigger picture here. The police are trying to protect and serve. A small impact can make a big difference in the grand scheme of things.
Now take into consideration you are a Canadian Citizen and as such, are obligated to abide by the laws set forth by the Canadian Government. If you break the law, it is a police officer's job to enforce it. It matters not whether you OR the police officer agree with the law. As a citizen, if you disagree with the laws, don't take it out on the police officers, take it up with the government.
I will say this though. There are bad apples in EVERY bunch. There are bound to be bad police officers, it happens. Why stereotype? We all complain how the stereotypical attitude towards sportbikes can be unfair, yet we do it to Police. How about pulling our collective heads out of our asses and taking a minute to think about things.
Next time you bitch about a police departments use of resources, next time you bitch about getting a ticket for doing Mach 1 in a school zone, think about this.
My $0.02, and I'd be happy to debate it.