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So it occurred to me, in a sort of half-joking manner, that it might be interesting to make Terry Pratchett's Watch books required reading in all police academies - and for all current police officers - in the United States. Because I keep reading things about police brutality and systematic racism and the "black site" in Chicago and all the kids getting shot by police for being the wrong color in the wrong place at the wrong time, and thinking, Sam Vimes would not stand for this.

Because what Sam Vimes stands for is integrity. It doesn't matter how dangerous making the arrest is - he'll make it. He arrested a dragon. He arrested Lord Vetinari. He arrested Carcer despite the fact that Carcer was trying very hard to kill him at the time. He put the gonne down.

He won't take bribes. He isn't a bigot - or rather, when his bigotry is pointed out to him he grumbles and moans and hires whoever it is he's being forced to hire and then makes them part of the Watch. Angua, Detritus, Cheery Littlebottom, Reg Shoe - he values them as much as he does Carrot.

And he is very, very insistent that the same law applies to the rich and to the poor, the powerful and the powerless - and that, when push comes to shove, the law is on the side of the powerless, because there's no one else on their side, so the law has to be.

Sam Vimes is the sort of police officer I'd really like to see as the model for our police officers - and if our officers were Sammies, I'd be a lot happier about approaching them in times of trouble.

(This post brought to you by the editorials in today's paper talking about the police officer who has actually been convicted of domestic violence and who was recently offered a promotion. Because I, as a female person, really feel safe going to the police now, should I need to. Oh wait. The other thing.)


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