Since I am forbidden from talking about my own case, I thought I’d take a breather and tell you about another case, starring once again the crack units of the Cluj-Napoca police.
I assure you that everything you are about to read is entirely true.
Two officers in a Transportation Police blue Volkswagen with full markings, including an activated lightbar (the “disco lights”), pull over a shitbox van for speeding. The van has a license plate number from Spain and has four occupants. The cops don’t call in the plate number to dispatch.
The van stops and then the side door slides open and a guy dashes out and begins running away down the street.
One officer stays with the other occupants of the van while the second officer goes running after the fleeing suspect.
Unfortunately, the cop is slightly overweight and a smoker. It isn’t long before the cop is lagging far behind the guy who is running away.
Now what do you do?
WHAT THE POLICE ACTUALLY DID
Walk slowly back to the police car and tell your partner, “Well, gosh darn it, he got away.”
Partner then roughly shoves other occupants back in the van and starts yelling at them, asking where the guy (who ran away) was going.
WHAT THE POLICE DIDN’T DO
Call in on any sort of radio to other police units and start cordoning off the area so they could catch the guy. Call in another officer to help the guy at the van keep the people there under vigilance. Post units on all the main roads and broadcast the description of the fugitive on all channels, all officers responding in a coordinated tactical encircling of the area until they caught the guy.
WHY DIDN’T THE POLICE DO THAT?
Because they don’t have radios.
If they want to talk to another police unit or even their dispatch, they just use their mobile phones. If they need back-up first they dial zero then seven then a series of other numbers and then press send, wait for the call to connect and then be able to exchange information.
WAIT, WHY DON’T THE POLICE HAVE RADIOS? ALL TAXIS HAVE RADIOS, WHY NOT COPS?
They spent all the money on staplers instead.
No, seriously I really have no idea what Cluj cops think it is exactly that they’re doing out there on the streets.
There’s a clear lack of training throughout the entire police force. There aren’t two officers out there who do things the same way and none of them know an official way to do anything.
I can’t blame them for being unable to catch a guy who ran away because it’s obvious no one ever taught them how to do it. It’s a lack of formal training, pure and simple.
I think that’s why they’re all so surly and have bad reputations. They literally never get to have any fun because they’re cops. Usually they deal with a lot of grumpy and angry people and it’s all downside and almost no upside.
Better trained cops enjoy their job a lot because it is much more fun. It’s no fun being a criminal who is running for their life at top speed away from a police officer but it IS fun to be the cop who successfully catches the little bastard.
Just saying ;)