Not all cops are good. Discuss…
Conflict is bad, and sometimes there is no easy option. Sometimes the police will have to use force. But the problem with police is they have the power to do whatever they like and get away with it. A few extra punches, a kick in the head, push people around. Nobody can stop them and there is no recourse to justice, unless they’re unlucky enough to be caught on camera.
For every incident caught on camera, thousands more happen.
This is not to say that all cops are bad. Sometimes the police are put in difficult situations, and sometimes force is necessary. Some cops do a great job and treat people as fairly as they can. But in any profession there are the good and the bad… the problem with the police is that the bad apples can so easily get away with it.
The best solution to this that I can see (besides strong checks and balances) is to introduce greater competition in the “security market”. This would provide an incentive to provide a better service, for a lower cost, and allow greater diversity.
The easiest way to introduce competition in the Australian system is to allow each local council to choose thier police provider. To start with, the suppliers would be “NSW Police”, “Qld Police” and the other current options. Over time there may be more alternatives. The competing police would be paid for each area they covered, giving them an incentive to provide better and more efficient service so that they could grow. Better cops would get paid more. Worse cops would be driven out of the system.