Is the government forcing the police to target petty crimes done to make us feel safer?

The government wants to think that the surveillance system they've installed makes us safer, so they have forced the police to achieve targets set for them to solve crime. The police in turn have to focus on 'crimes' that generate points for their force, like fining drivers going 6mph over the speedlimit. I know it's dangerous to speed, people should be prosecuted for doing a ton down the motorway, but nabbing someone for doing 36 in a 30 zone is just plain pedantic and is easy crime 'detection' I'm not having a rant because I've got done for speeding, as I don't drive, I'm just using speeding as an example. Should the government do away with the ridiculous crime targets they set the police, and let the police get on with the job we want them to do, which is arresting and prosecuting people who cause other people pain? Esmerelda...I live in the UK

Asked By: smith.w6079 - 9/21/2007
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The Government isn't "forcing" the police through legal mandates or ‘public” policy. Rather, it encourages police to make these petty tickets and arrests because they are profitable... More
Answered By: Sheila S - 9/21/2007
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Answered By: smile - 9/21/2007
a lot of the speed traps are to generate fine revenues for the city or county, not to seek and make arrests.
Answered By: americansneedtowakeup - 9/21/2007
They police are just trying to meet targets, so go for the easy crime to make up numbers. They make more money from Simon Cowell's tax than speed traps.
Answered By: frantic_munky - 9/21/2007
w***************e? If its the U.S., do you really think our federal government - in all its current glory - could get organized enough to set goals for local police departments???????? Man if they ever got that efficient, it would be scary...
Answered By: Esmerelda - 9/21/2007
fleecing not policing! this site says it all...lmfao
Answered By: Beer Monsta - 9/21/2007
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