Originally Posted by Brian Conrad
The original series had an actor playing the detective who resembled Leonardo DiCaprio. He was also annoying. It seemed to be saying how annoying the police can be sometimes.
In my home town, the cops were always very friendly. The previous mayor insisted on having walking beats in the city and encouraged the officers to stop in every store front they could to say hello and ask if there was anything they needed. During that time period, crime levels dropped which pushed arrests to record lows and pretty soon the overcrowding issues of the jails went away. Suddenly the court dockets were less crowed, as well. It was common to find officers with a crowd of kids around them, telling them about their day, showing off the latest skateboard moves they had learned, or showing off a good grade or award they earned at school.
For a while, that program was kept up by the next mayor.
Then 9-11 happen and the city got a bunch of homeland security money. The city got a bunch of new cars with computers in them, put the officers in them and re-assigned some to a new and better armed SWAT team. Since then, drug and violent crimes (included a couple of mass shootings) have skyrocketed.
Here in New England, I was stunned to find almost every officer I met over the years to be rude, lazy and downright unfriendly. Once, when I suffered some vandalism, I called the police to report it. I had video of the guy from my surveillance system, but the cop claimed he didn't want it. I told him to humor me and take it anyway. The look on his face pretty much said "great, more stuff to file in the report".