Policing

Policing

SUMMARY

The Valentine Constitution establishes a single “hard crimes” department, and a single “soft crimes” department. The “hard crimes” law enforcement agency will be national and federally run with one chain of command and Citizen oversight. Hard crimes detectives will be armed and backed up by unarmed in-office logistical and analytical teams for checks and balances (much like the military). They will deal with major white and blue collar and T-shirt crimes like homicide, armed robbery, burglary, rape, fraud, racketeering, organized crime, etc. One agency with one national chain of command will eliminate local corruption, competition for collars and the dangerous overlap of investigations.

The soft crimes department will be State run with Citizen oversight and will be community oriented. The “soft crimes” department consists of an unarmed paid social worker and a local volunteer. These Social Peacemakers will handle misdemeanors, calmly discuss the cause of the problem, and offer deals, programs and solutions. State Guards will handle fire, paramedics, traffic and crowds (and embed/protect protesters/property from bad apple anarchists).

Criminals will be required to pay the costs of their arrest and incarceration, and their victims’ losses. Police will wear body cameras whenever on duty. Arrestees can contest an arrest free of charge in Review Court. Any officer making more than 3 arrests without convictions will be disciplined by the courts.