Select Comment #6 on the IACP report

“Mission Impossible.” The title of the TV series was, of course, ironic because, whatever the improbable mission, on TV it was achieved. This is not the likely outcome of the Glynn County Police “mission,” to “ensure public safety within the community,” (p.8) because that is a real life impossibility.

While I have previously noted in my very first comment that 159 officer involved car crashes are prima facia evidence of unsafe behavior, setting impossible goals is, like planning to fail, a guaranteed sure thing, a characteristic of the conservative mind.

Of course, if the object of “public service” is social status, as is implied in the mission to maintain order, then practical goals, such as restraining repeat offenders and preventing automobile-related injuries and death are not an issue.

Indeed, because the operators of automobiles are pre-certified as being under police control, their behavior is somewhat privileged in being accorded a modicum of “officer discretion.” Pedestrians, on the other hand, had better watch their step.

In short, the IACP analysis is probably most useful in calling attention to missed opportunities to use data and information fully, as well as to point out the deficits inherent in the law enforcement profession nationally — deficits that flow out of a general disregard for individual human rights. Respect for individual rights, not just the rights of particular groups, is, of course, the fundamental challenge to a status-seeking culture.

Equal rights are not welcome at the PD.