Good Cop – Bad Cop
Posted by Exile on December 2, 2008
I couldn’t help feeling a bit miffed at the news today concerning the police in South Jutland. They have been told by their bosses to drop everything else and concentrate on writing traffic tickets all through December. Why? Well, it’s all very simple. They have a quota to fill and they are about 150 tickets short of reaching their “goal”.
This does’t really surprise me, as I have known for years that the police here are self financing and that there is no money in catching the real criminals. However, the streets are full of cars and it is surprisingly easy to grab anyone driving one and criminalise them. There is always something. A light that doesn’t work, no seat belt, driving without your license in your pocket, speeding, tyre tread depth, failing to indicate, even if you are the only on the road for miles and so on. There are a myriad of things a policeman could use against you and the vehicle you are driving. Declaring your innocence, or difference of opinion, only increases the size of your inevitable fine and may get you arrested. For which, you may be fined again.
All this may have gone unnoticed but for the outspoken police shop stewards in the South Jutland area. They find the whole affair distasteful to say the least. Not because they get to nick a few more drivers, that’s acceptable, but to do so at the expense of clearing up the real serious crime is really rather pushing things a bit.
Local police union spokesmen are claiming that some pretty serious cases are being relegated to the back of the queue in preference to policing the traffic. Cases concerning break-ins, drug pushing and incest are being left to wither on the vine while the boys in blue are out chasing the unwary and probably non-violent, well heeled, motorists.
All this makes me wonder a bit. Since when did crime and policing become quota related? Do the real criminals know that they are only allowed a certain amount of criminal acts a year before their quota is used up? What action do the police take when they have fulfilled the quota on rape charges and burglary? Stop investigating them? Is the violent crime quota higher or lower that the traffic violation quota? How are the quotas assigned priority? This is all very worrying.
I can hear the morning briefing at the local bobby shop;
“Enough rape lads, concentrate on bag snatchers now. We’ve only had three so far this year and that’s way under the mark. And we’re a bit behind on litterbugs too so keep an eye on those evil pedestrians. By the way, no more drug pushers, we’re way over the quota as it is. The burglar we clobbered last night is of no use to us either because we met that target number last week, but we might be able to cut a deal and persuade him to bang his sister after we turn him loose and then we can meet the incest quota, so let’s work on that one. Now take care out there, and let’s do it to them before they do it to us.”
Theme from “New York Blues” plays in the background…..
What ever happened to the good old days when the police really were the police and not just tax collectors?