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Old 29 July 2015, 06:14 AM
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Police To Serve and Protect

Comment: the motto "to serve and protect" has been noted as being missing
from police cars and other equipment, and it is claimed that this was
required by a Supreme Court finding that the police have no duty to serve
or protect, and the slogan is removed to avoid creating the impression of
some liability.

I understand the concept of "governmental immunity" but this seems
extreme...

So? Is there any truth to this, or, just purchasing agents going cheap?

perhaps the slogan could be "what do you want me to do? Good Luck with
that!"
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Old 29 July 2015, 02:35 PM
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Part of this is true, the Supreme Court did issue a ruling that police have no constitutional duty to protect the public.
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Old 29 July 2015, 03:29 PM
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Old 29 July 2015, 04:31 PM
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Part of this is true, the Supreme Court did issue a ruling that police have no constitutional duty to protect the public.
You're right about the case existing, but I guess the OP doesnt realize that that case actually cuts the other way. If the Supreme Court held that a restraining order that says police "shall arrest" a person violating it doesn't result in a due process right to have police act, then a fortiori an aspirational motto like "to protect and serve" doesn't give rise to such a right either.

It is possible though that a state supreme court has made a different ruling under state law or a state constitution though. States, cities, individual police departments, and Congress could impose such a duty by law or regulation. It just isn't found in the due process clause of the constitution.

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Old 29 July 2015, 05:56 PM
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As I understand it, "To Serve and Protect" is just a motto, and it was only ever adopted by a few police departments anyway. The most notable PD with it is Los Angeles (notable particularly because we see it on so many cop shows).
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Old 29 July 2015, 06:30 PM
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Minor nitpick... The LAPD Motto is "To Protect and to Serve".
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Old 29 July 2015, 06:40 PM
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If that is my biggest mistake today, it's a helluva good day!
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As I understand it, "To Serve and Protect" is just a motto, and it was only ever adopted by a few police departments anyway. The most notable PD with it is Los Angeles (notable particularly because we see it on so many cop shows).
Yep. Waaaaaay back when, for a while, what was on the cruisers here was May the Force be with You.
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