Thanks for all your comments, and sorry the feedback is so late. I was really busy again this week. Biwa asked why I quit the police, and Fumie asked why I wanted to be a policeman in the first place.
I have to admit that I don’t actually know the answer to Fumie’s question. I always knew from a young age that I wanted to be a policeman, but I have no idea why. My father was a special constable, which is a kind of volunteer neighbourhood policeman, so maybe that had something to do with it. Or maybe I just like bossing people around!
Biwa’s question is much easier to answer. The job didn’t really suit me, and I began to realise that there was a big world out there to see, and that if I stayed in the police, I was going to miss it all.
Being a policeman in the UK is a very different job to being a policeman in Japan. When the English soccer team came to Sapporo for the World Cup, I did some training for the Sapporo police, so I had a lot of time to talk to them. One day, I had a class of about 10 policemen, and I asked how many arrests they had ever made. They were not particularly young, but none of them had ever arrested anyone for anything! When I was a policeman, it was not unusual for us to arrest two or three people in one day.
Part of the reason for this is the different legal systems. The Japanese word for arrest is 逮捕, but I think a better translation would be “charge.” In Japan, the police don’t arrest people until they are 100% certain that they have done something wrong. In the UK, the police can arrest people on suspicion and then get all the evidence they need after the arrest. (Of course, they have to have at least some evidence to start with.) For example, if we thought someone was guilty of a crime, we would arrest them, and then interview them and search their house. If we didn’t find anything, we would let them go, but if we had enough evidence, we would “charge” them. If my understanding is correct, Japanese police have to have that kind of evidence before they can make an arrest.
Anyway, here is some feedback on your comments.
so what does it mean ” the Japanese police in a particularly good light.”
So what does “the Japanese police in a particularly good light” mean? (A-Z: mean)
I cannot remember any experiences that I had to ask the police for help except for asking the way to some places.
I cannot remember ever having to ask the police for help except to get directions.
Are boys more sensitive than girls that they tend to think that breaking up with a girlfriend is like the end of the world?
Are boys so much more sensitive than girls that they think breaking up with a girlfriend is like the end of the world?
public safety in Japan is much better than in here.
“much better than here” or “much better than it is here.”
it was kinda shameful with no reason
I don’t know why, but I was kind of embarrassed.
Where there is power, there is almost always bribery!
Do you know the saying “Power tends to corrupt. Absolute power corrupts absolutely”?
and called to the police immediately.
and called the police immediately. (The man was lucky you helped him!)
so the police is afraid of being sued by citizens for their overdoing and they’re forced to be indecisive.
so the police are afraid of being sued for overreacting, and they end up being too indecisive.
I think the police needs to do something
Quite a few of you are treating “police” as singular. In British English, it’s always plural, and I think it’s the same in America too. “The police is” sounds very unnatural to me.
The anti-stalking law has already been in enforce
The anti-stalking law is already in force.
But it’s depends on each officer.
But it depends on the officer.
I cannot express suitably what kind education is best but I just feel like above.
I can’t say exactly what kind of education is best, but I just feel that it is important.
However, we should always remember that special privileges can be easily misused, too.
That’s very true. Countries where the police have huge powers are countries like China and North Korea.
Luckily, I never have been involved with the police, but asked directions a couple of times.
Luckily, I have never had anything to do with the police apart from asking for directions a couple of times.
That’s all for today. Have a great weekend, and let me know if you have any questions.