In the UK Community Policing is mostly a volunteer core, so its efforts – though well intentioned – are often perceived as ineffectual. Best line:
“Even then PCSO’s had their critics and they were seen by some as policing on the cheap. They were ridiculed for their lack of powers and it was suggested that the public were being conned when they saw uniforms patrolling the streets with limited training and effect.”
And here are my comments:
“Community Policing… Ughhh! In America it’s a totally Con (and I am Canadian so I suspect there too, though I haven’t been back in a while).
Never forget this experience: I was invited to a squad ride along in Raleigh, NC. The ride-along was scheduled! I showed up at the sub-station only to find the place shut tight as a drum (lights off). Rang the bell… pounded on the door… nothing. I’m curious so I wonder around back of the building… only to find 4 squad cars and 1/2 dozen officers smoking cigs next to a dumpster.
There are signs all over Raleigh directing citizens to this sub-station: imagine if it was a real emergency.”