Think about this for a moment …
- What would happen if the police were gone for a day?
- What events would transpire over the course of a single twenty-four-hour period?
- How many assaults, robberies, property destructions, rapes or murders would happen in our society on that day?
- What would be the statistics for one day without police officers?
Imagine one day, you wake up and start your normal routine only to find your home had been burglarized. You call 911 immediately and report the crime. Then, the 911 operator tells you there are no police officers working that day.
You are informed that there’s not a single officer anywhere
to take your complaint or investigate the crime.
Your reaction is to immediately call your friends and family and tell them what happened when you called 911 asking for help. Their reaction is much the same as yours had been.
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Word quickly spreads that the ‘Thin Blue Line’ which separates good and evil has been erased. There will be no one who will protect life or property today. Laws will not be enforced. The blanket of protection under which we all live is gone and everyone is vulnerable.
The sheepdogs are gone, the gates of hell are open, and the flock is exposed.
The events which follow are sure to be worse than anything Hollywood could concoct and put on a big screen. Word travels fast, and soon, wolves are on the prowl.
The bad news seeps into the bowels of society. Knowing they are unopposed, the dirtbags emerge from their holes to target the unprotected people in our society. The scum-buckets know there are no consequences for their horrid behavior. It’s a free-for-all.
Social order is suspended and anarchy is the rule of the day. Chaos is now the norm. People are afraid to leave their homes and become victims to the lawlessness that is the result of having no police officers at hand to protect them.
A RETURN TO NORMALCY
Throughout history, cultural anthropology shows there have always been certain necessities in every culture:
- Hierarchies of social order
- Monetary and barter systems
- Food distributions and
- Protection of the citizens in some form.
These are just a few examples. Societal protection most likely occurred in the way of a formal military or militia until the establishment of police agencies in England in the late 1820’s. Sir Robert Peale is given credit for the design and creation of today’s law enforcement systems and methods.
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The notion of a complete absence of law enforcement officers sounds like the “Purge” or a similar concept. But, what if that were a reality some day? What if the money for full-time police services evaporated and was gone for good?
In some areas of our great nation, that is EXACTLY what has happened.
Some smaller municipalities cannot maintain a full-time or even a part-time police department. In those instances, larger departments have taken over. The larger agencies are now tasked with patrolling those communities. They take on the new areas of responsibility without the benefit of additional officers. The financial burden is now on them to patrol that area.
It’s the same old, warn-out circumstances requiring that we do more with the same (or fewer) resources. This spreads police coverage even thinner.
Police departments must always prioritize calls based on their nature, e.g. serious and life threatening calls first, the other calls afterward.
What if you were told an officer will be there in a few days to take your property damage report? I would love to say that never happens. Sadly it DOES HAPPEN altogether too often.
Police departments all over are working hard to fill vacant spots with new recruits. They are in critical need of more officers.
Some folks will argue we need less. IMHO, those individuals are morons.
What happens when the few officers we have today are not available?
Who answers the call for help when there is no one to respond?
Think about that for a moment.
At the bottom line, it’s all about saving just ONE life.
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