The police aren’t even legally required to protect civilians in danger
. So, how exactly do they protect and serve the public? They don’t. In actuality, they merely do the footwork of judges and prosecutors. This means they are representatives of the legal system more so than the helpers/heroes portrayed by the pastoral image of the small-town sheriff who keeps communities safe.
As for the importance of the ethics behind “serve & protect,” they do not appear to have much importance. We are constantly hearing about overuse of force, corruption, and the code of silence police officers use to protect one another….rather than the American public.