Posted by Police Chief David Couper, a resident of another community, on Jan 31, 2013 at 6:05 am
Ever wonder what should be required of your police? And your chief of police? Ever wonder why policing seems to be so slow to improve? Follow the blog of a veteran police chief at Web Link and read his new book about what needs to be done and the seven necessary steps. Police in a democracy need to be well-trained, controlled in their use of force, honest, courteous to everyone, and closely connected to the communities they serve.
I’d like to point out that the role of the police is probably not all that well thought out, in terms of “theory”, anyway, at the local government level. For instance, the Palo Alto City Charter makes no mention of the need for, or the requirements for, a police department. Menlo Park is a General Law City—meaning that whatever legal requirements for the police originate from the Legislature. Leaving the average citizen with little hope of ever fully understanding the role of the police.
Most City governments seem more-than-comfortable with this lack of organizational framework. Sadly, too many of us residents seem comfortable with the status-quo.