The job of the police and its ALWAYS been this way is as follows:
-To provide a general visible deterrent to criminal behavior.
-To investigate criminal behavior after it has occurred.
-To pursue and and apprehend those who commit crimes.
Protection of individual citizens is NOT part of their "duty". They usually will try (sometimes dying in the process), but its not their responsibility.
"To serve and to protect..." refers to the population as a whole, NOT individual residents.
Its also mathematically impossible for the police to provide protection to individual citizens.
Also, remember for every 8 or so cops, only 1 of these is on the street at any one time. The rest are off duty, in court, on vacation, off sick, doing adminstration, pregnant, medical leave, etc etc.
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