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Re: How to be a Crimefighter

From: KEVLEX
Category: Superhero Chat
Date: 17 Jun 2005
Time: 22:16:37 -0500
Remote Name: DELETED

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It all depends upon what type of relationship you can cultivate with your local police and what sort of activities you plan on engaging in. Ideally you should be able to partner with the police, working hand in hand with them to achieve common goals. Unfortunately, I think that if a working relationship can be achieved with your local police department that it will restrict your activities severely and will leave you exposed to both the criminal element you be at odds with and inevitable lawsuits from both criminals and the general public. If you make even minor procedural errors you could also end up in jail. The police will not allow you to remain anonymous and are unlikely to work with you at all unless you are seen as a harmless public relations ploy. Working without police approval frees you to use tactics that may not be acceptable to conventional authorities. Working without official police approval allows you to retain anonymity, thus protecting you and your loved ones from retribution by criminals and lawyers (Or is that redundant). Working without official police approval will, however, put you at odds with nearly everyone: the criminals, the authorities and portions of the general public. It would take careful planning to remain active and effective under those circumstances, but it is possible. If you are working with the police, you will essentially be restricted to patrolling and will have to be extremely carefull about everything you do to avoid antagonizing miscreants, property owners, random civilians and of course the police who will tolerate you until you make a mistake. All of those parties will know where you live if they want to cause you trouble. Another way to deal with these issues is to be a public figure but not to do anything beyond public service announcements, working for charity events and the underpriviliged: in other words being a non-crime fighting good samaritan in a costume. That is a commendable pursuit, but is not really the sort of thing that is the subject at hand. I wish the situation were different, but I really feel the choices are working with the police and being at risk and pretty much ineffective, or not working with the police and being at risk and being effective.

Beerio

From: Beerio
Category: Superhero Chat
Date: 29 Apr 2006
Time: 17:11:43 -0500

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Beerio


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