The Houston Police department might have just won the award for most hypocritical police force in the nation. According to “A Texas Badge in Question“:
The Houston Police Department has been accused of a number of things, brutality, corruption, misconduct…
And now there is another deficiency on the table — low scores whenever it comes to solving burglary and theft cases. In fact, the problem is so wide-spread, KPRC-TV in Houston has taken a closer look and the statistics are disturbing.
HPD records show between January and October of last year the department’s Burglary and Theft division “received” more than 100,000 cases. Of those cases, HPD records show only about 11 percent were solved.“Did you actually speak to any detective on your cases?” asked Local 2 Investigator Robert Arnold. “I’ve never spoken to a detective on my case,” one victim answered. She told Local 2 her home was burglarized twice.
Her sense of frustration is shared by many Local 2 spoke with and said they never spoke to a detective about their case. HPD records show out of the cases received by the burglary and theft division between January and October of last year, only approximately 8 percent were assigned to a detective.
“It was suggested I check pawn shops,” the woman said.
Seems the taxpayers of Houston have a decision to make. Keep paying the guys who do nothing to catch criminals or stop paying them. Folks have already tried filming the Houston police, but according to a blog published on A Texas Badge in Question in 2011:
Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland went on the defensive Thursday during a meeting with local journalists, saying officers have made recent traffic stops in which residents leave their vehicles to take pictures or shoot video — encounters he says could endanger officers and that have increased following the release of the Chad Holley beating footage.
“Officers are telling me that they’re being provoked,” the chief said. “Even when they try to write a simple traffic ticket, people are jumping out with cell phone cameras scanning their badge numbers and their nametags. And I’ve asked them to remain calm and treat people with respect and dignity.”
When will the police understand that filming them is nothing personal, it’s – filming – a right. No one has an expectation of privacy while in public and public officials, working for all of us, have no privacy whatsoever on the job. More so, I hope the police officers who see the harm government regulation (control) has brought their profession. I hope they make the right choice and stop working for the government. All police officers have a skill, protecting others, and could provide it better without the governments involvement.
Just think, 92% of people who have been robbed in Houston haven’t spoken to a detective, that’s alot of people. If each person gave a current LEO in Houston $50 to help them – no promises (same deal the government gives) – they’d make more than they do working for the City. Plus, they’d only have to focus on each customer (not every single person, which is impossible) and not all the other government control jobs.