The Pasco County (FL) Sheriff’s Office believes in “intelligence-led policing.” This is its formal slang for harassing residents until (in the office’s own words) “they sue or move.” The Sheriff’s Office turns anyone with a criminal background into a suspect-for-life. Deputies visit residences and residents on the “intelligence-led” shit list multiple times a month, demanding answers to questions they have no business asking. When residents fail to comply, nuisance (in every sense of the word) citations are issued for things like uncut grass or missing mailbox numbers.
It doesn’t really matter whether the Sheriff’s Office believes its own PR bullshit. It is fully engaged in harassing as many residents as possible. That’s why it’s allowed its so-called predictive policing program to infiltrate local schools, subjecting minors (and their families) to the same harassment previously limited to adults with criminal records. Almost anything can trigger unwelcome interactions with the office’s deputies, including slipping grades, missed school days, or simply being the victim of, or witness to domestic violence.
Build it and they will come. Did anyone think it would actually stop with the registry? If so, naive!
I’m (only) guessing that the police’s announced expansion to include all exconvicts is really to cover up their blatant biased harassment of registrants. You know, if they make people think they’re equally harassing everyone, it would be hard to confront them for their unfair isolated’s treatment of SO’s, right?
“Hey, we’re doing it to every criminal, not just registrants. See? We’z be fairz!!” =D
**Goes back to the PD and looks up registrants in the intelligence-led database, whilst deliberately skipping over other exconvicts in the same list**