Its a hoot. People still run, no one gets away, what is it with these people?
Then theres those who go out after dark with a dozen warrants attached to their buts, and smoke crack in the street?
Now theres crack. 10 years ago on this show, it was the last step before you died in the gutter. Now I see all these middle class people on the stuff, beating the hell out of each other, thats new.
I notice the Taser. Trigger happy is all I can say. Its very interesting, these police think they are in the army, perhaps they were. It seems to me like if you dont drop dead on the spot when a copper speaks to you, you fry. I am very worried that if we get then here, all the local coppers will get their training from youtube. What ever happened to the good old fashioned baton? Also whatever happened to approaching people in the correct manner, i.e, respectfully and maintaining a safe distance? All I see is cops wanting to get within arms reach. Its aggressive, its dangerous, its not necessary.
Also new to me is the almost 100% use of dash cam. I note that this works both ways, having seen the vid of the bloke thrown out of this car and than bashed by the police. I cant imagine what would have happened if the fool had of run over the copper instead of just missing him. We dont have dash cam here. I cant believe people over there forget the camera is on.
Solo officers. Almost unheard of here, we have them in the bush, but not in a city. The cops in the city refuse to go on patrol one out. I think maybe all these solo officers in the US are just bad news. Cops going to feel threatened with one person, let alone a car load. DHs are going to feel brave with only one cop. Its just bad news all round to me.
It is very clear that there has been a shift in attitude of the US coppers all the same. I hear a lot of "you have one chance to be honest, we know whats going on, tell us the truth and you might not go to jail". Next thing is always "click click". You just cant help some people.
Neighbours fighting. man I dont get it. My rule is nod to them in the street, call the fire brigade if their house is on fire, cops if its being robbed. Id rather have Ebola than drink and do drugs with a neighbour.
I like the pit manouvre, just insane. Why do these people want to be crashed off the road at 100mph by the cops. I figure, every mile you run adds a year to your sentence. We dont have the PIT here.
Pretty Police, lot better lookin than our cops.
Pretty Cars. Lot cleaner than ours, we dont have the PIT bumper. We use a lot more Divisional Vans, aka "Divvy vans" Small utes with a glorified cage in the back. In my day, it was just a floor. Then it went to a bench seat, now they have molded seats and strap you in, so when the divvy van rolls, you might not die.
Numbers. Mostly they arrive with the speed and swiftness of flies on a kill. Sometimes it takes a while. Down here, you have time to write your will, have a beer and a smoke, before one cop car might drive by, park up the end of the street and wait for some mates.
Fit Cops. A lot of yours can run faster than ours, thats for sure.
People telling lies. "The guns, crack ans smack in my pocket aint mine" Again, theres not much you can do with these people.
Its on late here and I have taped a few. Pity it only seems to run for about 20 minutes when you cut out the ads. There is one version of it made locally, in Western Australia. I cant see how its not an invasion of privacy in this country. But they only seem to show bad people on this one, not all the sad people.
Did you know, theres no such thing as using offensive language to a copper in Australia. The courts here have ruled that if you aint up to a bit of foul language, then you shouldnt be in the job, which I think is a right and proper attitude. I know that must be a crime in the US because I never see any of the dregs on COPS using foul language to the cops, unless they just dont show those bits.
So to me things seemed to have changed a fair bit in the world of COPS. When I last watched it, it was all raids on drug dens, with numbers and maximum force of entry. All you see now is small time dealers, leads me to think a lot of what the local cops used to do, has been taken over by other depts. Also I dont think theres as much shooting, perhaps replaced by the taser?
Then again, I spose I am only seeing what a producer wants me to see.