to the Editor
input from LACP.org forum participants
police are a relatively new invention
I could FINALLY go see your website. Pretty cool! Well designed, easy
to navigate, clear and concise. (It's amazing how many sites don't
get that!) And I'm glad to see it, I really am.
Municipal police are a relatively new invention, dating back to the
Victorian era and Sir Robert Peel, I believe. Prior to that, it was
simply expected that the community WOULD police itself, that every
able-bodied person would, for example, respond to "STOP, THIEF!"
While I don't think we should return to the Victorian age, the idea
that average men and women can't participate in the policing of their
world, that it must be "left to the professionals," is just wrong.
I'm glad to see you and Bill are involved in such a worthwhile cause.