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Talk about two different approaches to Policing - Dan the Serene
July 6th, 2012
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Talk about two different approaches to Policing
Police recruitment in Decatur and Newport Beach

A great find from Radley Balko: two very different police recruitment videos.

The first is from Decatur, Georgia, the second is from Newport Beach, California.

Radley writes, "Let's assume two generic towns that are otherwise mostly similar. One town takes a Newport Beach approach to policing. The other takes a Decatur approach. In which town would you rather live?"

Note: My sister-in-law lives in Decatur, GA.

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From:daddygod
Date:July 6th, 2012 11:07 pm (UTC)
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Jeeze.
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From:kittles
Date:July 7th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
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Thanks for pointing me to this, that was great.
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From:smjayman
Date:July 7th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
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I will mention what I told Kit, in that I find policing to be like 99% talking to people and 1% punching people in the mouth. I don't know how to adequately convey that in a recruiting video. Having somebody with the gift of gab is awesome, but at the end of the day they need to be able to do that other stuff. Having a cop who can't do both is a liability.
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From:dantheserene
Date:July 7th, 2012 03:01 pm (UTC)
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Having been to Decatur, with its street festivals and extensive LGBT community, I can tell you that it is the polar opposite of your beat. 1% is probably way high on the punching people meter there.
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From:smjayman
Date:July 7th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
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That makes it even more important to have that skill up and ready. I worry most for the cops that can go 5-10 years without a fight and THEN get stuck with one, vs. the cops that deal with it all the time.
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From:adderyn
Date:July 7th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
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+ 1

Talking to people is great, and ideally the solution to resolve conflict.

But the nature of police work is such that sometimes you have to put your hands on people, and some times you have to fight.

The job includes aspects of both the videos, from touchy-feely "respect everyone" to testosterone laden "choke em' out" and you can't really reflect what people deal with every day in a 2 minute video.

Although it'd be funny to see a video of "I just left my purse on the bench to go use the restroom, and when I came back it was GONE!!" followed by a traffic accident with two drivers both screaming "They ran the red light and hit me!" at the same time; followed by the naked guy standing in the traffic lane screaming that he is Jesus.




Edited at 2012-07-07 05:55 pm (UTC)
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From:smjayman
Date:July 7th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
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Although it'd be funny to see a video of "I just left my purse on the bench to go use the restroom, and when I came back it was GONE!!" followed by a traffic accident with two drivers both screaming "They ran the red light and hit me!" at the same time; followed by the naked guy standing in the traffic lane screaming that he is Jesus.

Josh sums up police work in one run-on sentence. He is the master, I am only a student!
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From:fragbert
Date:July 7th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
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The last I heard, Newport Beach was ultra-privileged and upper class, so the video struck me more as "keeping our streets free of brown people" rather than "protect and serve".
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From:reikimaster
Date:July 7th, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
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i have lived in Atl area since 1987. about a decade ago,
I lived in Decatur for about 10 years. It's ultra liberal. Crime in Decatur was horrific btw. and last month they made an 80 million dollar cut to their budget, firing 400 employees and an additional 500 school teachers by attrition. you do not want to live in Decatur.
altho the downtown square is nice, where they shot the video. lots of coffee shops and bars and little shops.
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