Aug 21, 2015 Praising police merely for their arrest numbers offends civil liberties
Sadly, nearly three years ago, the Montgomery County, Maryland, Police Department gushed by press release over the number of DWI arrests racked up annually and career-wise by its officer John Romack. The police issued said praise when officer Romack was due to be among one dozen police awarded for DWI enforcement by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program, which he was also awarded two years later in 2014.
Beware awarding police for arrests, lest they focus on arrests over justice. The two are not the same. Sadly, five years ago, officer Romack declared “I want to lock up people that are very good and drunk,” No, officer Romack, criminal suspects are there not to be locked up by the police, but to be criminally charged by them or let go. Moreover, you know full well that a large percentage of first-time DWI arrestees do not get locked up absent a subsequent probation violation adjudication, that is if they even get convicted in the first place.