Holiday Police "Sting"s are on the Increase
Holiday Stings Put People Behind Bars
Cops Use Deceiving Methods
Delivering gifts to suspected law-breakers on holidays to snare the suspect is a law enforcement idea with creative flair. This was originally done on Valentine's Day, however, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas will do as well as any other holiday.
I was chuckling this morning when I heard on the news that on Valentine's Day last year police were suiting up in flower delivery clothes and driving up in a "sweetheart" van. They then took balloons out of the van, rang the bell and asked for the person in question.
Apparently, this element of surprise had quite an effect in bringing down the guard and police avoidance of the person sought. As soon as the person opened the door to accept the balloons, handcuffs were slapped on!
My initial "That's great" reaction has now changed to "Why does the United States carry the greatest incarceration rate of practically any country? Sure, we want violent offenders off the streets, but incarceration for bein unable to pay child support or fines or tickets is reprehensible. In addition, how will the incarcerated then be able to pay whatever?