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Old Town and the problem with Portland cops…

February 10th, 2011

From the story in the Portland Clackamas Tribune. (link)

Here’s the operative line:

“Five to 6 a.m. is prime time, [officer Daryl] Turner says, because that’s the shift-change hour for police, and crack dealers in Old Town know it. So they know the officer on duty will likely be writing up his or her reports rather than patrolling.”

Who can’t see the solution to this problem? Seriously, PPB, you can’t adjust your shifts by an hour here and there every once in a while to keep homeless drug addicts on their toes?

How about this:

“Tonight, David Bryant is that officer, and he says being alone makes a difference when he’s in Crack Alley. Bryant says if there’s provocation — a fight for instance — he’s out of his car in a moment. But he thinks twice about approaching a large group of dealers without a partner.”

Again, pretty simple solution, two of them I can see here. First, you could go back to putting two cops in a car, or Old Town’s really not that big, maybe some foot patrols. Good ole community policing, get to know the bad guys instead of just one time busting heads to make the shift pass faster.

The problem with Portland cops is that they’re just lazy. Cops want the exclusion zones because it makes their jobs easier. Probable cause? For every arrest? Wow, that’s just too much work, innit? Foot patrols? All that walking? Oh, bah and humbug.

Cop defenders say, “Policing is hard!” “Policing is dangerous!” and I say, “Then they should get another job!” Nobody stumbles into policing. You don’t get a badge waiting for your band to get a record deal. These guys know what they’re getting into, and then they start whining (yes, whining) about how hard it is. How dangerous.

Hell with ’em.

Hell with that.

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