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    There was that Australian woman who called the cops. Didn't end well.

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    Yes.
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    It's what you call them that matters.
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    Yes. The police in the inner-ring suburb where I like have a reasonably good reputation for taking 'protect and serve' seriously most of the the time, and not hiring many trigger-happy sociopaths. Also, I'm a white guy with a grey beard, and I look like I have enough money to hire a very good lawyer if they do something stupid. But every single interaction I've had with the local police in the last 20 years has been positive.
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    Same here Keith, same appearance, same good experiences. But when I was a late teen/early 20's young tradesman/musician living hand to mouth because I was buying an old house to fix up, not so much.

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    Yup. Problem here is that I live out in the boonies with no local police force. Would probably have to wait 45 minutes or so for a state trooper to show up.
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    No hesitation here, and I wouldn't expect much wait time for a serious emergency as they usually have several units nearby (I live downtown).

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    I think I’ve only called twice. Both times after witnessing bad traffic accidents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    I think I’ve only called twice. Both times after witnessing bad traffic accidents.
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    Might note that I spend about five years as a reporter covering the police beat in five different communities, have lived in two communities. Have to say that the inner workings I've witnessed lean mainly toward the absurd--including severe corruption, attempted homicide, etc. Personally, the response ranged from apathetic to hostile, when called. Twice, with a minor thief leaving his name and address, they didn't manage to find him. I've also had a few personal friends who were cops, one of which was quite good at his job--the other OK, but fearful. In general, however, they mainly end up filling out forms for insurance, etc., and then tend to fabricate the information.

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    Sure I'd feel comfortable. Where I used to live in VT was much lie Rich - 45 min for a trooper to show up. However, they are focused on speeders, as it's a great revenue source for them & for towns in our state & other stuff gets blown off. When I got robbed 10 years ago, they had no interest in coming out to look - even though I knew I had fingerprints & replacement cost was about 4K: "Oh it was most likely kids & we'll never be able to track them by fingerprints - you've seen too many TV shows".

    If it were an emergency - I'd absolutely feel completely comfortable.
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    For sure, I like our cops.
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    My town just has Rent a Cops because the town is too stingy to have a department. As is, they are gre4at at handing out parking tickets, catching speeders etc. Problem is they don't know the residents and don't want to as long as they get paid every other friday.

    Another point, they treat locals like pieces of doggie poop and treat tourists with kit gloves.

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    When we lived in RI, I called the police, they referred me to the Staties, they referred me to animal control; but none wanted to come deal with the fisher cat in the tree

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    I've called twice, though where we live, it's the county sherriffs that answer the phone. The guys who came out were good guys, did a professional job. I very, very vaguely know a couple of the guys who work for the department in the closest City and they seem like good types.

    The two whom I know through the Highland Games...one is retired, but retired WAY early. He's not disabled, won't talk about why he's not working at the force any more, but I have suspicions, seeing how he treats his adopted kids. The other is a very nice person and a responsible adult, even though she's a MAGA-hat-wearing, foaming-at-the-mouth gun nut. I trust her to do her job as a dispatcher, responsibly. In a face-to-face encounter with a non-white person, with her in uniform, I THINK she would act responsibly but I admit that I have concerns.

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    Do as you should and you have nothing to fear.

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