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Cambridge City Council proposes civilian employees to conduct traffic stops

Discussion in 'Politics & Law Enforcement' started by Public Safety, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. Public Safety

    Public Safety MassCops Member

    Cambridge City Council is proposing a new policy order that would have civilian employees of the Traffic and Parking Dept. conduct traffic stops and enforce ch. 90. “The presence of an armed police officer during a ROUTINE traffic stop raises the tension of the encounter unnecessarily and can itself lead to conflict, causing harmful stress to both parties and damaging the relationship between police and the community.” Seems like a great idea. It’s Cambridge, so I have to say, I’m not the least bit surprised. o_O

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  2. res2244

    res2244 MassCops Member

    Civilians that aren't part of an LE agency using an MDT? That's an ooof. :rolleyes:
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  3. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    Cambridge=Berkeley East!:(
  4. Sooty

    Sooty Administrator

    When do we tell them there's no such thing as a "ROUTINE" traffic stop?

    Who will be the sacrificial lamb to try this only to get slaughtered by the driver?
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  5. HistoryHound

    HistoryHound Supporting Member

    Sounds like a great idea. What could possibly go wrong?
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  6. PG1911

    PG1911 Back Out in the Sticks

    It’s sounding more and more like they want to go to a British police model: mostly unarmed cops but with armed response officer cars in case they encounter guns. It doesn’t work well in Britain, however, and it’s certainly not going to work here.
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  7. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    Please let this pass. I moved to NH, but I will head down to do donuts in Haaaavard Square.
  8. res2244

    res2244 MassCops Member

    I’ll make sure I don’t pahk my cah at the Hahvahd yahd while you are doing that
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  9. j809

    j809 Subscribing Member

    No authority. MGL specific only to police writing tickets

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  10. CCCSD

    CCCSD MassCops Member

    Can’t have access to MDT/NCIC etc data by law. No SCMODS for the Pogue.
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  11. USAF286

    USAF286 MassCops Member

    One of my top 5 movies right there!
  12. IamTheDude

    IamTheDude MassCops Member

    Sure there is such thing as a "routine" traffic stop... you know like when someone gets pulled over for driving a vehicle without a license plate, has a gun, and it turns out they just blew up a federal building!
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  13. AB7

    AB7 MassCops Member

    If the Cambridge city council thinks that there is such a thing as a “routine traffic stop” then my gut tells me none of them have ever been police officers. (You can imagine my surprise)
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  14. res2244

    res2244 MassCops Member

    The term “routine traffic stop” makes about as much sense as “bulletproof vest”
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  15. CCCSD

    CCCSD MassCops Member

    Or black lives matter as a political statement.
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  16. Tango_Sierra

    Tango_Sierra MassCops Member

    So the city counsel is afraid of stressing out someone pulled over by an armed police presence? I guess you wouldn’t want to ruin a wanted felons day and make them feel all nervous over a traffic stop:rolleyes:
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  17. Sooty

    Sooty Administrator

    Cambridge has a great police department... it'd be one thing if they're rife with issues!

    And I don't even think they're thinking "be like Britain!" - they just don't want proactive police.
  18. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    Harvard and mental square would be overrun, I sat let them have a taste of that.

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  19. 02136colonel

    02136colonel Supporting Member

    Good department, busy patrol areas, good money, lots of special unit opportunities... no way I’d ever want to work there. It’s just not worth the bullshit. No fucking way
  20. mpd61

    mpd61 Retired Fed, Active Special

    Brookline PD is the best! They're sporting beards so as not to offend Isis or any of the other "progressives" in town..........
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  21. CCCSD

    CCCSD MassCops Member

    Don’t be jealous. If you have a beard, you’re an Operator, so it means you’re like an SSPO Deluxe.
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  22. IamTheDude

    IamTheDude MassCops Member

    Just imagine this passes, starts happening, and inevitable goes completely sideways... Trump has the opportunity to say "The Cambridge city council acted stupidly!"
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  23. AB7

    AB7 MassCops Member

    I think you have this backwards.

    It will pass, it will go sideways, and the deranged morons in Cambridge will say “Trump has made this country so dangerous that not even non-law enforcement traffic enforcers are safe any more!”
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