I formerly worked with several retired City of Dayton police officers. They were a mix of patrolmen and detectives. Being that I grew up in Springboro when they said the word it caught my ear. My coworkers were in stitches laughing about Springboro police.
These men I worked with had to deal with murder, prostitution, break ins, and other types of serious crime(s) all day, every day.
I guess one of those 21 year old, 6'3, 160pd. police officers in 'Boro had stopped my coworker and was asking like he was Mr. Touch Guy awesome, not knowing my friend is a ranking City of Dayton detective.
They just laughed and laughed about what a Springboro cop would do if you dropped him off in West Dayton and told him to investigate gunfire lol. Or how the cop from Springboro would probably try to take on the Dayton Outlaws and ruin the long unsaid understanding between the City of Dayton and the Outlaws. It came down to that Springboro cops are 'revenue' cops. Just as those stupids red light cameras are for revenue, so are the Sprinboro police.
The police in 'Boro are obviously young men who feel that they have something to prove. They are in general I feel overzealous in their duties, when they have something to do. The police in small towns get that way because it's endless hours of boredom and then suddenly, when something happens, they are on a high almost in response to it. Hence the time I was with my friend walking many years ago and the 'Boro police blocked us in and one came to me with a mag lite in one hand and a revolver in the other. They never did say whey they were pointing guns at us and frisking us. Eventually we got let go because we hadn't done anything. We were not minors, it was maybe 1 A.M., but we were adults just walking and catching up as old friends. What on Earth did I ever do to get cuffed and have guns pointed at me that day?
Springboro police are well known for targeting young men, and black people for sure. I once worked in 'Boro and two of my coworkers were black. They got busted for "DWB" I don't know how many times. I was a young man who had never been around minorities. That was the first outright racism I had ever seen in person. I worked there for years and never had a problem with the police. But the two black guys had both been there a very long time. And they kept getting pulled over by the same cops again and again. The police would search their cars, sure they asked if they could and my coworkers could have said no. But if you say no the just impound your car and get a warrant to search it. So you cant really win for loosing.
Maybe Springboro would be better if we had a bunch of former big city police who had dealt with actual crimes and crazy people who will kill there mom for $4 for crack. Take the gung ho Springboro police and let them have all that crazy Dayton action.
Springboro police, you don't have to prove you are a man to anyone. Please stop trying.
I am old enough to miss the days of Charles Reedy as Sheriff and my neighbor, who was a Springboro police officer killed by a drunk, Bill Johnson. I think in those days when the places most people in Sprinboro's house were just cornfield, the police officers were older. They were friendlier and very realistic and human people.