Originally Posted by rapt
in your part of the world, cops are often way to busy to be responding to calls about about some guy in a toilet block whos gonna be outta there before it even gets on their radio. they have to prioritise unfortunately, so some calls of a less concrete nature are gonna go unattended.
ive never had the cops not turn up when ive called them for anything & it always seems a little suss to me or like theres more to the story when some people like yourself complain of numerous incidences of them not attending.
Except in my town, when these incidents happened (before the corrupt officers were terminated) there was nothing going on -- officers were not busy, not rushing to go anywhere, and driving through the park would have put them maybe 10 seconds behind. After the corruption cleanup, you call the officers, and they not only show up within 3 minutes, they sit in the dark waiting to observe the problem, then they fly in with lights and everything.
And uh, call me weird, but a person getting beat up currently, or a potential pedophile kidnapper (as I said, they live around the park, arrested at the park, and some new ones were even put in prison recently [one was the one I called in about prior] stalking children at the moment seem to be a pretty high on the priority scale. Police are supposed to investigate incidents -- that's kind of, oh, their job. Getting a call of a person acting suspicious with video camera in the restrooms of a public place, needing only 10 seconds to check out -- not too much to ask they send someone.
I have no idea why you find it a little suspicious when you hear of people complaining of incidents where police do not do anything. Last time I knew, police were humans, sometimes corrupt, and sometimes on power trips. Nothing suspicious there--it's called common sense, yet problems that need taken care of.
Another time I called the police about something minor at the park (just called in a "just so you know") of people spray painting graffiti on a building (highly unusual in my area). A police car was dispatched to the park before the officer on the phone said "I am sending someone there now". Fortunately after the cleanup, things are better, but with the corruption graffiti was more of a priority than a potential child molester/abductor stalking children.