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pbi said:That seems like a bit of a broadside into the police.
Wasn't meant to be. My uncle served on the Metro Force for many years.
Just that I believe times have changed in Toronto policing from what I remember. As they have in so many other things.
As a member of an allied service, my memories of Metro Police are from the 1972-2009 era. As for what has been going on for the last nine+ years, all I know about that is what I see on CP24 and read in the papers.
But, from my memories of the early 1970's, it was almost as though Metro's unofficial credo was, "Give no slack and take no shit from anyone. Confront and command. Control the streets at all times. Always be aggressive. Stop crimes before they happen. Seek them out. Shake them down. Make that arrest. And never, never admit the department has done anything wrong."
This is from 1996 and concerns the decline in LAPD arrests. It may, or may not, have some relevance for Metro,
Riordan Orders Report on Plunge in LAPD Arrests
"It was vexing and surprising to learn that the LAPD is now making 100,000 fewer arrests, issuing over 200,000 fewer citations and conducting over 20,000 fewer field interviews per year."
"Field interviews" is what "carding" is known as in Toronto,
June 28, 2018
Toronto area police chief faults new Ontario restrictions on carding for rise in violent crime
"Carding is the controversial police practice of collecting information about people they stop to question. Although it has been found to disproportionately target people of colour, some police officers argue they have lost a necessary investigative tool.
Again, speaking of LAPD, this may, or may not, have some relevance to productivity in Metro,
"In the 1960s, our 3,400 policemen (our Civil Service rank) arrested 100,000 more criminals than do today's 10,000."
LT. MAX K. HURLBUT LAPD
Retired from the “Golden Era” of the LAPD.
Sorry for not providing Metro's productivity statistics for comparison, but I know they are out there. If anyone is interested.