Let’s talk about policing

Last week, I was pulled over because I had hockey tickets in my hand and was resting my cheek against my fist while driving.

I think it’s time to open the debate on policing. Last week, I was pulled over because I had hockey tickets in my hand and was resting my cheek against my fist while driving. A police officer who passed me going the opposite direction pulled a u-turn in busy traffic because he thought I was talking on a cell phone.

Then, I was stopped in roadblocks twice in one day by police who were checking drivers’ licenses. Finally, I had the police pounding on my door at 9 p.m. because someone was cold calling people in our neighbourhood about gutter cleaning and they wanted to know if they had called me. The latter I found not only frustrating because they woke up my grandchildren but also slightly terrifying, as I am a business person who often makes cold calls and am curious if I will be facing charges the next time I want to drum up some business?

None of these seems like a tremendously good use of police time. I am only left to assume the police are so under-worked it must be time to start thinking about laying some of them off.

Perhaps the police could at least be honest and admit they are less concerned with serving and protecting as they are with filling government coffers by criminalizing the majority of citizens.

John MacIntyre

Central Saanich

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria woman creates ‘call list’ for seniors to tackle loneliness

Call list allows seniors to have some friendly conversation during isolating times

Report looks at COVID-19’s impact on violence in the family

Police across Canada reported almost 100,000 cases of intimate partner violence in 2018

Saanich’s Shelbourne corridor work set to start despite pandemic

Municipal work is deemed an essential service, keeping the long-term project on track

Sidney senior welcomes outreach phone calls from charity

A long-time user of Sidney’s SHOAL Centre, praises Beacon Community Services

Mental Health: Planning for a crisis

Crisis planning lays out a blueprint in case hard times hit

COVID-19 world update: 6.6 million U.S. jobless claims; alcohol sales banned in Bangkok

Comprehensive digest of coronavirus news items from around the world

B.C. sorting medical equipment sales, donation offers for COVID-19

Supply hub has call out for masks, gowns, coronavirus swabs

B.C. records five more deaths due to COVID-19, 45 new cases

A total of 838 people have recovered from the virus

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

Easter Bunny added to B.C.’s list of essential workers

Premier John Horgan authorizes bunny to spread “eggs-ellent cheer” throughout province

Travellers returning to B.C. must have self-isolation plan or face quarantine: Horgan

Premier John Horgan says forms must be filled out by travellers

More than 400 animals have been adopted amid pandemic: B.C. SPCA

People are taking this time of social distancing to find a loyal companion through the animal welfare group

VIDEO: More than 85 people displaced by Campbell River apartment fire

Traffic is being diverted around Dogwood Street and 9th Avenue

Most Read