An Ohio Police Department openly announced an operation in which they would be actively targeting and profiling children appearing to be under the age of 15 and issuing tickets. Chief David Oliver issued this announcement on the police department’s website on June 17th, 2013:
With all of the talk about writing tickets, all of you have heard me say numerous times… I do not care about tickets. I have changed my mind.
Effective next week, my officers will have a quota for tickets….at least one per shift. We are going to be profiling, too. We will target a specific group, with the express purpose of writing as many tickets as possible. I am strongly encouraging my officers to write as many as they can, every shift, every day…it is called operation Safe Summer.
They followed up with this admission again today on their Facebook page:
Please read the following carefully. Read the entire offering before making a knee-jerk comment. It will save us all a lot of headaches.
Under my command, we have always been an agency which has not issued a lot of tickets. We make a good amount traffic stops and arrests, yet we issue few citations. That all changes on Monday, June 9th, 2014. For the summer, we will become an agency with a mission to write tons of tickets. We are not doing this for the revenue. I know, you have all heard that one before. It is truly the case here. We are doing it for your own good, to keep people safe during the summer months.
As part of this mission, we will be profiling a certain group of people. If you belong to this group of people, I will not apologize for the inconvenience if you are stopped. It is not harassment, so don’t go there. I am ordering my officers to stop anyone (using expert profiling techniques taught to us by an ancient order of Shaolin monk police officers) who is a member of this group of people. When my officers observe anyone belonging to this specific group, we will immediately stop the person or persons (sometimes they travel in groups) and give them a ticket. Yes, it is true. My persona on Facebook has been a lie. The Brimfield Police are like “all the other cops.” Don’t poke the bear.
Effective June 9th, 2014 we begin “Operation Safe Summer.” My officers are ordered to stop anyone appearing to be 15 years of age or under who is riding a bicycle and wearing a helmet while doing so. My officers will then issue the youthful offender a ticket for a free ice cream cone from Frank’s Drive-in. Last year we gave away nearly 200 free ice cream treats. It sent a strong message… and we are sending one again this year.
Thank-you to Frank’s for the support again this year!
Have a great day….Chief Oliver.
Now, how many people actually read past the sensationalized title, the picture of a white police officer and still had the sense to read an article all the way through before coming to an opinion? If you did, congratulations. You see, far too often the media focuses on the bad things that police officers do because, you know, outrage sells. There’s at least a couple of websites that make their living just by pushing negative stories about police and profiling, the page “policestateusa.com” being the most prominent. Over and over again, we hear about bad officers profiling minorities, shooting pets and using excessive force. And while these abuses should certainly be reported on and brought to the public’s attention, I feel that far too often, the good things that police officers do are overlooked.
Chief David Oliver is an example of the good men and women who carry a gun and a badge that do the job the right way. In fact, the small town police department has the second most “liked” Facebook page of any department in the country, trailing only the gigantic NYPD in fans according to Chief Oliver. He’s also quite the internet celebrity by his own admission, having taken on internet trolls, and even ripped Kanye West for comparing the dangers of being
an egotistical douchebag a celebrity to the dangers of being a cop. Chief Oliver has even written a book, “No Mopes Allowed,” with the proceeds going to his charity that helps abused children.
Not all police officers are good people, but not all of them are the power-drunk assholes that many like to make those who wear the badge out to be. Let’s have more stories about people like Chief Oliver who go above and beyond while still keeping a watchful eye on those who are failing their oath to serve and protect.
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