Tonight the wife's house in town was found broken into. So we called the law. The officer shows up, makes a few notes and we pointed out the obvious foot prints in the dust on the front porch (nobody uses the front porch or front door). The steps lead to a window that had been forced open and had clear tread designs in the dust prints. Wife explains what all was stolen, mentions that the thieves moved some stuff and set it down rather than just knocked it over (potentially more prints). COP says he'll write an incident report and tell the detectives and they that they might want to contact her later. I asked if they would need access to check for prints and the COP says it isn't like it is on TV where we can just take prints and put them in a computer and it will tell us who did it, so there really isn't a need to take prints since we don't have a suspect to compare them to. REALLY? I was floored, I told him I understand how prints work as I have a lot of LEO training including a degree so if the detectives didn't want to dust for prints and process the scene, let me know by tomorrow evening as I would process it myself if necessary. I asked him how they could possibly tie a future suspect to the crime if they didn't take the prints now to match them to later (that is provided the thief isn't already in the system). He just said it was really hard to pin old crimes on suspects when they are caught later if they don't still have any of the stolen items.
So am I overly critical of this officer's skills and knowledge? I haven't mentioned that the whole time I was talking with him, my pistol was holstered on my hip and twice he chose to walk with his back to me, once up a narrow concrete walled stairwell (as in no way to escape). While I'm not a criminal, as a COP I would never turn my back to someone sporting a weapon in plain sight that I didn't know really really well, not even someone as pacifistic as me.