As a retired policeman and Academy instructor, I can tell you that we are not trained to judge the aesthetic qualities of art, beyond our own opinion anyway. This policy is fraught with danger for the dept and the municipality., They WILL get sued over this.
As for the the folks who feel "threatened" when stopped and asked question by police, well, TFB cry babies. As many people have told me what to do with myself when I had actual warrants and so forth and you are whining because you feel "threatened" by an officer asking you a question? Seriously? Grow up. Stamping your feet and holding your breath does not work in the real world. The officer may actually have a reason to ask you a question, or he may be telling you to not go a certain way because a bad guy will pop a cap in your thick head.
You people who scream police state are disgustingly amusing to those folks who have actually lived in a real police state. Go to Russia, or many of the third world nations and act like that.
You can not get "impeached" from a LEO. Most Chief serve at the whim of the City Manager or Mayor and City Counsel.
Besides, if you had paid attention in Gov't class, you would remember that impeachment does not remove one from office.
Now, I realize UK Police are drastically different in operational procedure from USA cops, but this is ridiculous and potentially dangerous. WHat are they gonna txt back to headquarters: "IN bARFiSDGHT!!!, SEMFD HELPOP NOW GETTN A55 KIKD"
You can of course tell the judge your side, but she was correct, most states do not require the officer to "lock in" the speed to show to the violator. In fact, to do so affects the tracking history that the officer must testify too in court
1- Not a RADAR problem, that is an operator issue
2- Not true. They are equally accurate. Not sure where you got this tidbit from.
3- This is a training issue, identification of suspects is a fundamental element of police training.
4- Most states require certification for the device and the tuning forks every 6 months, and yes, the device should be tested with the calibration checks before and after each stop.
5- Hills affect the RADAR only when the target vehicle is behind the hill crest and a reading is not possible. Turns do not affect the RADAR except in the case of cosine angel effect, which is to the benefit of the driver, not the officer.
6- True..to some extent, but this is dealt with in two ways a) Training the officer to recognize ghost readings (which is a fairly easy thing to do) and b0 equip the vehicle with a proper dash mount for the device to shield the antenna from the fan openings in the dash
Responsible parents keep up with their kids on the net. If, as young adults living on your own, you choose not to add your parents, fine. However, it is a condition of use that my kids add me to all social networks, provide passwords, advise of email accounts etc. I also have all chat logs activated and I check the status frequently. I also check their machines frequently for software not installed by me, hacks, cheats and so forth. I love my kids and do not wish for them to become statistics. That being said, I do not try to friend their classmates (though a few have tries to friend me since I am allegedly a "cool dad"), have online convos with them, etc. There is a line, and parents should not cross that as long as safety and security issues are not compromised.
Having said all that, there are things on my Facebook I am not cool with my kids seeing, so I guess it goes both ways.
You don't know much about RADAR operation. Police traffic RADAR units are supplied with tuning forks. They do not "tune" the unit. They are a calibration test. You have 2 forks that are calibrated to vibrate at a given frequency. You strike them on something like the heel of you shoe, hold it in front of the RADAR antenna and verify that the unit reads the speed associated with that frequency. And any officer operating the unit properly, checks his unit before ad after each stop. And most departments will be very good about making sure they have up to date calibration sheets.
Um, Sorry Cyryal, but your interpretation of Search and Seizure law is a bit lacking. 1) It does not require a Federal warrant. Most state law is more than sufficient to meet the need here. 2) A civilian, acting on his own, needs no warrant what so ever. Search and Seizure laws pertain to the gov't. If i as a citizen, look thru your car (to reference an earlier example), or thru your computer files and finf something, I can call the police, they can then search the entire thing WITHOUT a warrant. However, if I as a police Officer, (which I was for many years until blessed retirement) stop you for something, and want to go thru your car on a suspicion, I would need wither a) your permission, or B) a warrant. The same tings applies to computer files.
As a private citizen, I might be held civilly for the intrusion, I would still not be need a warrant unless i was acting as an agent of the Gov't