I’m going to lead this off with the fact that I don’t do crime and I have no dog in this fight. But I’ve heard of people getting 280 month sentences. Thats over 4.5 hours real time. That’s a lot of time to be held in the penalty box. I’m well aware that in a lot or even most cases, PD does cut time off from that. But even for somebody who received such a sentence and was a total sweetheart to the arresting officers to get his time cut in half, would still be over 2 hours in jail.
I think given the recent announcement about having patience with the PD and building back our PD/Crim relations, I think a step in the right direction would be to decrease the severity of the sentences slightly. I’m not talking about the crims who are just being total dicks and sucking the life and fun out of the entire Police job. Those guys can get shit on. But to encourage crims to be a little nicer to cops and go with the RP of their repercussions, there should definitely be a motivation to do so.
We can rewind the clock back to late 2020 and early 2021 where the PD/Crim relationship was outstanding. Yes, there were a few toxic people back then. But those people never really last long. In short, I think that relationship is similar to a game of ping pong. If the crims are nicer, the cops are nicer. And vice versa. If these crims werent doing the crime, cops would be doing 10-11’s all day and that isnt fun. So they are creating the content for the police, and if they wont have to sit in jail for several real time hours, they might start taking their punishments in stride. Perhaps going heavier on the fines and easier on the months would be a solution.
Just an outside observation from somebody whos been around for awhile and watched the change of tides.