Response to Boing Boing post on "Police Pad" gadgets in Georgia, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia


23 Responses to “Response to Boing Boing post on "Police Pad" gadgets in Georgia, from the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia”

  1. skysky says:

    Can you imagine firing an entire national police force? That kind of boggles my mind.

    • Erik Gilson says:

      I might not think that firing everyone for the police would be necessary, but i sure as hell think that a nice “reset” on so many government offices would be nice. Like the bloated tax code system, and the congress just to start.

  2. Manny says:

    I admire this goal and the steps they have taken to accomplish it. It sounds like they could be a model for many other jurisdictions.

  3. D. Keith Higgs says:

    I like it when a bureaucrat actually does a good job of addressing the issue and making their case in a polite and intelligent way. Let this be an example for some of those tools we have in the U.S. Congress.

  4. AwesomeRobot says:

    That original quote was kind of childish to begin with – I don’t really understand why it was included. 

    • semiotix says:

      It’s hard to find polite ways to say it, but websites like this will sometimes shape content to fit reader expectations, or to deliberately confound them. Page views are sustained by one, and goosed by the other.

      The view that cops in general (Georgian, American, British, whatever) are at best vaguely malevolent and more often just plain evil thugs is one you’ll hear a lot on BB–frequently in comments, and occasionally in articles. It’s also one there’s a fair amount of pushback against, notably in the original thread. 
      So it’s very much to the site’s advantage to create a space in which that kind of debate can erupt. Ditto religion, OWS, Wikileaks, political hot button issues in general, and hell, maybe steampunk for all I know. 70% of your audience comes back the next day because you’ve affirmed their beliefs, and 30% comes back (after reloading the page twenty times to see who responded to their rant) to set the heathens straight the next time the issue comes up. 

      I sincerely doubt Xeni Jardin cackled in evil delight after she put in that little stinger of a quote. I’m not saying any of this is malevolent, or unusually manipulative given that audience manipulation is sort of a core tenet of any media. But it’s no accident that some posts seem calculated to give someone something to tee off on.

  5. Hugh Johnson says:

    “Having reduced corruption and bribe taking to levels comparable to those in Europe….”

    Aim for the best comrades!

    • Anony Mouse says:

      Reducing corruption is no easy task. Especially for a former Soviet republic. They had to replace their entire police force. I don’t think condescension is warranted.

    • ffabian says:

      Actually you’re right. Most western European countries rank higher than the US concerning police corruption.

  6. wellvis says:

    Excellent response.  

  7. Mark Dow says:

    A convincing response to nation trolling, including some metrics that can be checked.

    I would be interested in a comparison of body mass index (BMI) of police forces of the world.

  8. Pwned, etc.  How can we get this guy to reform the wayward police forces of the nation of California?

  9. social_maladroit says:

    Georgia, Georgia,
    No peace I find;
    Just a corrupt police force
    Keeps Georgia on my mind.

  10. Marc Mielke says:

    So the gambling and porn browsing should be kept to European levels, then. I would expect the same behaviour from American police, and I don’t even particularly hate them; there’s a LOT of down time waiting at speed traps. 

  11. Xeni Jardin says:

    Here’s another response to the original “fat lazy cops” wisecrack, by a Boing Boing reader who requests anonymity.

  12. RJ says:

    This article from English Russia says that 87% of Georgia’s people trust the police today, compared to the sub-10% rating before the 2003 reforms. The article mentions that only the Orthodox Church rated higher.

    I’m not typically one to rush to the defense of the police, but Georgia’s government really has gone to extremes to put their police department back on track. At this point, spewing hatred for the cops there is about as flaccid a behavior as whining about your fast-food breakfast options.

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      I’m not arguing that people in Georgia do or don’t have greater faith in the police, but please. That “article” is just an English translation of a photo gallery published on a Russian guy’s livejournal. 


      Two important takeaways:

      1) The  English Russia blog is a fun site, but it’s not a news organization.

      2) There’s no information about the name, date, source, or methodology of the purported surveys. All we have in that post is: “The Georgian police hasn’t been taking bribes for already several years and, according to surveys…” So, citation needed.

  13. Rob Gehrke says:

    Long live Georgian police !

    It is true. I’m writing this from America, and Georgian police have consistently been nicest to me in the whole world. Shame on anyone who mocks such hardworking man and woman, to be sure. Georgian police show the light to rest of the countries on the globe, as fairest and most handsome, willing to always use true justice and equal strength for most important cases.

    I have read that their uniforms are also made by dutiful and best paid workers of any region, gladly sacrificing all time to most important endevor, 55% coton (grown fair and equal, no child labor) and also 55% polyester (in pollution-free textile factory). Their work day is also shorter than most, with polls showing 15% of time for liesure studies, and 10% of year for vacation.

    Polls also show that 80% of people polled around the globe also prefer Georgian policemen and policewomen, as compared to 65% of Russian and 40% French (confidential polls carried out from samples of all countries, 2007, on http website).

    Thank you for a most informative and good story, you should run more like this.

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