The more I hear of Chief David Brown, out of Dallas Texas, the more I like the man. He's got a good handle on basic police work, and in the interview below, he talks about the mission-creep that police work has seen over the past 20 years.
Police departments all over the country are involved in a lot of things that 20 years ago would have been unheard of in police work. Jobs change, it's true, but many times in police work, especially in police work, there is a knee-jerk reaction that if something is a problem, let the police handle it. There are a lot of things that are problems that don't fall under the umbrella of police work.
He also issues a challenge to those who complain, and protest, and stop traffic. Make a difference, he says, do something about it. "We're hiring." Fill out an application, pass the academy, and work in your neighborhood solving the problems that you're protesting.
It's a great call to action. Get off the protest line and start solving the problems in your neighborhood.