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Police Part 5: Conclusion

We become the things we hate

Here we are at the conclusion of Police. Starting from Police Part 0: How it works, I have explored what the police are intended to be, the incentives they face, what kind of behavior this engenders, and finally what this turns them into whether they intend it or not. Now that I’m at the end, I’d like to re-visit each piece from another point of view.

The concept of Police:

The best defense is a strong offense. If you are worried about some of the people in your neighborhood, you have keep an eye on them to make sure they behave. If they don’t like being watched, they’ll leave. This takes time, and becomes hard to do. To fill this need, some people volunteer their time to watch over the neighborhood. These are Police.

The incentives of Police:

Police need to eat too, so compensation is important. The problem with compensating with money is that people only get a short term boost to their motivation. Add to that the fact that the job is dangerous and motivation becomes a problem. Ask any Police union – they think the answer is more money, more pension – and most importantly: earlier retirement age. To get out of the job, but still get paid, is the primary incentive for the average officer. To this end, it becomes beneficial to police the non-offenders who are not likely to be dangerous rather than real offenders that are. One way of dealing with this, but still have a job, is to push legislation that outlaws moral crimes or other crimes that might lead to a real crime (such as speeding).

The behaviors these incentives produce:

The Police go from watching over the people to just watching the people. They turn from being protectors to being legal predators. They don’t have to steal your money directly, they just make sure that the correct backs keep getting scratched (by keeping citation rates as high as possible) so that they can get their early retirement with a fat pension.

The result:

I forget who said this, but a quote I heard once that seems very appropriate is “The difference between a brigand and a soldier is that a soldier is guaranteed to get paid every month.” Our Police are now little more than hired guns that enforce the laws that are easy to enforce. They pay their Unions who lobby to pass more “easy to enforce” laws that dilute the manpower of Police so that they have fewer people to address serious crimes like murder, rape and theft. Fines that people pay when convicted even go directly to lobbying groups. The entire industry has become a racket.


How to fix it:

Ultimately, nobody is responsible for your safety other than you. While a group that can investigate serious crimes is beneficial, it is not necessary to have it be state run. If you are afraid for your life or property – more police can not alleviate that. The only thing that can help is if you buy a firearm, learn how to use it and understand that if someone is coming at you, it is him or you. To quote Robert A. Heinlein: “An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.”

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