A matter of approach
If the crime situation in our nation is bad, then invariably the quality of our police system is equally bad, for one is inextricably linked to the other. Just take the latest incident involving police and Beetham residents. On the face of it, we have a number of armed-to-the-teeth policemen going into the Beetham
Let’s say for discussion that the man who was eventually killed was the target. Tell me, was that the best way to capture or apprehend him? Weren’t there myriad other ways they could have used? Moreover, why do the police use the tactical officers or the ones who appear to be the baddest men on earth to respond to situations in such volatile communities when at times a softer touch could be more effective?
Why not go in first with officers who the people are more likely to trust and those who are engaged in regular social intervention in those areas? Why is “SEAL Team Six” always at the forefront of these police initiatives? Their presence would naturally convey the feeling that their sole intention is to brutalise people. Why can’t the police send in regular officers to effect arrest and let the “SEAL” team stay in the background in case it’s needed?
The many police violations against sometimes-innocent civilians have been long documented, and when the aggrieved do not get the redress that should be forthcoming, it only shows up the malady and dysfunctionality of the police system.
No one will argue with the fact that something radical needs to be done to make our policing model more 21st century and therefore relevant in order to meet the challenges of today. Anything less will see no change in this broken and outdated police system.