Top 983 Police Quotes

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“I have a new show now called ‘The Bridge,’ where I play a guy who’s a real-life guy. My character’s based on the life of a guy named Craig Bromell who was a cop for 12 years and then became head of the police association, so basically the president of the union for 85,000 cops.”

― Aaron Douglas

“The ‘Police Academy’ stuff was all hyper-slapsticky.”

― Adam McKay

“The Polish freedom movement of 1968 lost its confrontation with police violence; the Prague Spring was crushed by the armies of five Warsaw Pact members. But in both countries, 1968 gave birth to a new political consciousness.”

― Adam Michnik

“I have a recurring dream where I’m on the run for a horrible thing I did years and years ago. Like, in the dream… because the thing I did was so long ago that it’s just a faint memory in my dream, so I’m sort of remembering it as I’m on the run from the police. And I’m totally guilty of it.”

― Adam Scott

“I was knocked down and dragged by a police Land Rover in a hit-and-run.”

― Adrian McKinty

“Unless we abandon elements which resemble a police state, we can’t meet the demands of being a modern society.”

― Ahmet Necdet Sezner

“I’m always followed by two or three cars and have police around. Even walking in the park, you see them taking photos behind the bushes and trying to videotape everything.”

― Ai Weiwei

“I’m playing my first urban character in ‘Thirudan Police.’ It’s an important film because I’ll be breaking the stereotype that I’m only fit for rural characters with this role.”

― Aishwarya Rajesh

“Whether it’s police officers, firefighters, first responders, or 911 dispatchers, many dedicated Americans work long hours, and often in difficult conditions, to make sure that when someone’s in need, they can help.”

― Ajit Pai

“In the police force, two, three, five traitors are detected who are really working for someone else. When we cleanse the police of them, the problem will be simplified a lot. Terrorists will have no one to contact – they will be left without informers.”

― Akhmad Kadyrov

“We need a strong police force – the Interior Ministry of the Republic of Chechnya. We have to get rid of the traitors who have managed to penetrate into the law-enforcement department.”

― Akhmad Kadyrov

“Surveillance technologies now available – including the monitoring of virtually all digital information – have advanced to the point where much of the essential apparatus of a police state is already in place.”

― Al Gore

“I was knocking on people’s doors. I knocked on a white couple’s door, and I told them, I says, ‘Excuse me, but I’ve been born again.’ The guy said, ‘Hon, call security. There’s a little black guy here talking about how he been born again. Call the police.’”

― Al Green

“Let me be clear: as I have said repeatedly, I do not believe that all police officers are bad, nor do I believe that most are bad. But there must be a transparent, impartial and fair system to judge those that engage in criminal or unethical acts.”

― Al Sharpton

“The United States isn’t a dictatorship ruling with a brutal army and an iron fist, so our police departments must understand that they are there to serve and protect us – all of us. And when they do commit crimes, they must be arrested and prosecuted like anyone else, bottom line.”

― Al Sharpton

“When the culture of police departments is sometimes infused with bias or preconceived ideas against certain groups, there needs to be reform and retraining throughout. And unfortunately, we cannot rely on local departments to police themselves; we need intervention from the top.”

― Al Sharpton

“You don’t need any indictment in order to arrest someone; probable cause is sufficient to arrest civilians, so it must be enough to arrest police.”

― Al Sharpton

“Local prosecutors work alongside local police officers on a regular basis and are therefore conflicted when it comes to prosecuting those same officers. They are under extreme pressure from local police unions and from rank-and-file cops.”

― Al Sharpton

“It is up to us to change laws on the books like ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws and push elected officials to enact regulations that hold police officers to the same standards as the rest of society. This is why we vote.”

― Al Sharpton

“Either we need to redefine what probable cause means and say that police are not subject to it, or we arrest officers right away just as we would with any other person accused of committing a crime. Either we write new laws or enforce existing ones; we cannot have it both ways.”

― Al Sharpton

“Civilians are arrested every single day – including innocent ones – and they must wait until their day in court in order to argue their side of the story. Police officers must be subjected to the same rules.”

― Al Sharpton

“When you loot or behave violently, you give grounds to those that try to justify illegal police abuse. You become the poster child for them to say, ‘See, we have no choice but to shoot and kill, or use a chokehold, because just look at the way they behave.’”

― Al Sharpton

“I was the weirdest kid: I wanted to see the police file – in grade school! I was convinced I could crack the case if I just had that file.”

― Alafair Burke

“I will lobby tirelessly in cooperation with other mayors around the country to insure that federal funding for our recently added police officers continues.”

― Alan Autry

“On television and in the movies, crimes are always solved. Nothing is left uncertain. By the end, the viewer knows whodunit. In real life, on the other hand, many murders remain unsolved, and even some that are ‘solved’ to the satisfaction of the police and prosecutors lack sufficient evidence to result in a conviction.”

― Alan Dershowitz

“I’d never been in a police state. I didn’t know what it was. I knew that it was, in the general way that people know that two and two is four, but it had no emotional value for me until I found myself in the middle of it.”

― Alan Furst

“I like shooting movies in Thailand very much because the government is so cooperative there. The police help you to close the roads for shooting.”

― Alan Mak

“It’s tough, no matter how good your technology is, to police every single comment coming up.”

― Alan Patricof

“I was a student in London in the ’70s, so CBGB really wasn’t on my radar at all. Obviously, I was aware of the emergence of the Police in England and as an art student, I was very aware of David Byrne, but I suppose my musical taste at that time certainly didn’t stretch towards the Dead Boys or the Ramones.”

― Alan Rickman

“If SOPA were to pass, Imgur would not be able to exist. We survive on user-generated content. It would be impossible for us to police the amount of traffic we get for what is or isn’t copyrighted material. It’s just not possible.”

― Alan Schaaf

“To insure the adoration of a theorem for any length of time, faith is not enough, a police force is needed as well.”

― Albert Camus

“Well, I’m not going to go into what the letter says, because the police are looking at that. But as you say it’s in Bahasa. But of course that’s not to suggest that the letter came from outside of Australia. It came from in Australia. It came from Victoria.”

― Alexander Downer

“The police need to come down to street level.”

― Alexander McQueen

“When police are shutting down cameras, it is a sign that they know the truth is not going to be kind to them.”

― Alexandra Petri

“I’m not against the police; I’m just afraid of them.”

― Alfred Hitchcock

“Police brutality is definitely still very alive and active.”

― Algee Smith

“Police violence is the tip of the iceberg when it relates to the conditions overall of black people across the globe.”

― Alicia Garza

“The police are not taking accountability for the violence that they enact in our communities, and yet there isn’t as much outrage about that as there is about some broken windows and lost property.”

― Alicia Garza

“Although police terrorism plays a specific role on behalf of the state, it is not the totality of what state violence looks like or feels like in our communities.”

― Alicia Garza

“Certainly, we have to make sure our police forces do not have weapons of mass destruction with which they can terrorize our communities.”

― Alicia Garza

“I think that there are real concerns that we have around whose life is important and why. So if the official story is, for example, somebody was running from the police, does their life matter?”

― Alicia Garza

“There have to be consequences for police who take the law into their own hands. There has to be a shift in the use-of-force policies that are used in departments across the country.”

― Alicia Garza

“There has to be a readjustment of resources that is being diverted to police and policing as opposed to community health services, and there certainly has to be control over the police by the communities that they are supposed to protect and serve.”

― Alicia Garza

“By the end of 2001, between 100,000 to 150,000 Algerians had died in the civil war, as well as 120 foreigners. The cost to the economy ran into billions of dollars. And all this in spite of a tough, 120,000-strong army backed by 80,000 police.”

― Alistair Horne

“Writing books that people want to read is helpful – my most successful book is my only police procedural, a very popular subgenre of the very popular crime fiction genre.”

― Allan Guthrie

“You used to think the suspect was the guy with the cornrows; now you see the police officers with the cornrows.”

― Allen Iverson

“I looked into corruption in Afghanistan through a work called ‘Payback’ and impersonated a police officer, set up a fake checkpoint on the street in Kabul and stopped cars, but instead of asking them for a bribe, offered them money and apologized on behalf of the Kabul Police Department.”

― Aman Mojadidi

“I was always a drama queen. I remember playing in the kitchen, trying to get my mom to think I was dead and call the police. When she didn’t, I would cry. I was always theatrical. I don’t think any of my relatives are surprised.”

― Amy Lee

“Individual bankers are rightly being investigated by the police. I and all colleagues in the chamber hope that if criminality is proven, they will go to jail and bear the same brunt of punishment as any other criminal.”

― Andrea Leadsom

“I have apologised to the police.”

― Andrew Mitchell

“In The Police, in a trio situation – which I’ve come back to now – it’s just so wide open that it does actually provide this arena where you can play with a certain freedom.”

― Andy Summers

“I’ve got four or five records in my head at a time that I try to work on and I would like to do a guitar trio record next – since The Police I’ve mostly made records with keyboards.”

― Andy Summers

“I never really felt like a movie star until ‘Police Woman.’”

― Angie Dickinson

“Without Police Woman I wouldn’t have had a career. The show started about the same time the women’s movement was taking off. Ours was the first prime-time one-hour show featuring a strong, professional woman. It paved the way for other series to follow.”

― Angie Dickinson

“When you’re a TV star, you pretty much set the tone, and on ‘Police Woman,’ we goofed around all the time.”

― Angie Dickinson

“My father was a police officer in Los Angeles.”

― Ann Patchett

“Issues like immigration, police brutality, and other onerous laws put in place by local and state governments are prime avenues for active clergy to work with their parishioners on the issues that affect their daily lives.”

― Anthea Butler

“Asking questions is an essential part of police investigation. In the ordinary sense a police officer is free to ask a person for identification without implicating the Fourth Amendment.”

― Anthony Kennedy

“I think that the dialogue between police officers and the black community has to get better, but not better in a way where, ‘Oh, let’s talk about it when something horrible happens.’ The dialogue has to be going on consistently, every day.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“People in my books tend to get their just deserts, even if not at the hands of the police.”

― Antonia Fraser

“Let me be clear – no one is above the law. Not a politician, not a priest, not a criminal, not a police officer. We are all accountable for our actions.”

― Antonio Villaraigosa

“My two sisters were always cooking. I wanted to be in the police force, but I didn’t get in because I just so happened to procrastinate a bit, and I hadn’t gotten my application in at the right time.”

― April Bloomfield

“I don’t want any injustice brought against the bullies. Bullies just don’t know any better. Anyone who is crying about police brutality or victimization as an adult needs to stop it and realize the privileges we have in this country.”

― Ariel Pink

“I think The Police made five great records and then called it a day. They went out on top.”

― Art Alexakis

“I’m not a gun nut, but go out on my porch. Look around – what’s there? Zero, nothing. If I had a problem out here, well, the police would arrive just in time to draw the chalk outline on my floor.”

― Art Bell

“Historically, there is a presumption that the legitimate police powers of the states are not to be pre-empted by federal law unless Congress has made that purpose clear.”

― Asa Hutchinson

“Unless you’re trying to make a movie on the sly, there’s no way to get around this. If you want to use public spaces, film on the streets, have the cooperation of the police, you have to have a permit.”

― Asghar Farhadi

“I think that when we start thought-policing people and idea-policing people, then that’s crossing a line. And I think, you know, everybody’s so afraid of this imaginary line of thought police that they forget their own personal safety.”

― Ashton Kutcher

“The Musharraf government has declared martial law to settle scores with lawyers and judges. Hundreds of innocent Pakistanis have been rounded up. Human rights activists, including women and senior citizens, have been beaten by police. Judges have been arrested and lawyers battered in their offices and the streets.”

― Asma Jahangir

“I’ve been jailed once, put in police lock-up twice, and was under house arrest twice.”

― Asma Jahangir

“Safety and security in East Delhi is a very big concern, and this is an across-class concern. It isn’t an issue that one segment faces and another does not… But because Delhi Police comes under the central government, there are virtually no steps being taken.”

― Atishi

“A 24-hour police surveillance system will act as a deterrent for anti-social elements.”

― Atishi

“Understand, our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day. They’ve got a tough job to do to maintain public safety and hold accountable those who break the law.”

― Barack Obama

“Where the stakes are the highest, in the war on terror, we cannot possibly succeed without extraordinary international cooperation. Effective international police actions require the highest degree of intelligence sharing, planning and collaborative enforcement.”

― Barack Obama

“As I said last week in the wake of the grand jury decision, I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis or that area, and is not unique to our time, and that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color.”

― Barack Obama

“While I understand the passions and the anger that arise over the death of Michael Brown, giving into that anger by looting or carrying guns, and even attacking the police, only serves to raise tensions and stir chaos.”

― Barack Obama

“Our religious police has the most dangerous effect on society – the segregation of genders, putting the wrong ideas in the heads of men and women, producing psychological diseases that never existed in our country before, like fanatacism.”

― Basmah bint Saud

“The P.C. police are out in force at all times… We’ve reached a point where people are actually afraid to talk about what they want to say.”

― Ben Carson

“If I did things for the money, I’d have done adverts in the 1980s, when I was hot enough to be offered them, and ‘Police Academy 6,’ which I was asked to write.”

― Ben Elton

“I have lived in other cities but been inside of only one. I once wore all the windows of Chicago and all its doorways on a key ring. Salons, mansions, alleys, courtrooms, depots, factories, hotels, police cells, the lake front, the rooftops and the sidewalks were my haberdashery.”

― Ben Hecht

“The acknowledged legislators of the world take the world as given. They dislike mysteries, for mysteries cannot be coded, or legislated, and wonder cannot be made into law. And so these legislators police the accepted frontiers of things.”

― Ben Okri

“I clearly remember my father cutting our jumpers and our sports clothes with scissors – because he didn’t want us to wear jogging bottoms and hoodies. He thought that would somehow set the police on us.”

― Benjamin Clementine

“We Americans have no commission from God to police the world.”

― Benjamin Harrison

“Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.”

― Benjamin Spock

“Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nation’s police departments.”

― Benjamin Todd Jealous

“The police officer’s job is to respect the citizens that they are in control of.”

― Benjamin Watson

“Police departments across the nation must develop nonviolent ‘rules of engagement,’ so that they don’t reflexively respond to suspected crimes with violence. This will require more in-depth training in the behavioral psychology of conflict resolution so police have tried-and-true techniques of preventing and de-escalating violence.”

― Bernice King

“My family are police officers, detectives. My brother Mitch is FBI. Mitch is like that – a stern enforcer.”

― Bernie Mac

“You go to your public library, or you call your fire department or police department, what do you think you are calling? These are socialist institutions.”

― Bernie Sanders

“In high school, a teacher’s friend in the police department asked me to go into a bar and flash a fake ID saying I was 21 even though I wasn’t. They were assuming the bar wasn’t carding people. Anyway, she forgot to ask for it back. I used it all freshman year in college.”

― Betsy Brandt

“I have the greatest respect for Chief Harteau. I was a very firm supporter of hers when her nomination was brought forward, and I think that her goals and values are in line with mine when it comes to the Police Department.”

― Betsy Hodges

“I know there are those in the community who, rather than have us invest more in policing, even for community policing, instead want us to disinvest in the police department. We need a police department. We are going to have a police department.”

― Betsy Hodges

“Excessive stop-and-frisk divides communities. That’s why the New York City Police Department has moved away from it.”

― Bill de Blasio

“Our country has a painful history of mistrust between police departments and people of color. The overuse of stop-and-frisk has made those divisions much worse.”

― Bill de Blasio

“If police officers routinely issue tickets for the most serious traffic offenses, they’ll be treating drivers of all races, sexes, and ages equally.”

― Bill Dedman

“A ‘Globe’ examination found that Boston police officers exercise broad discretion when deciding whether to issue a ticket.”

― Bill Dedman

“Polygraphs are not allowed as evidence in most U.S. courts, but they’re routinely used in police investigations, and the Defense Department relies heavily on them for security screening.”

― Bill Dedman

“Many police departments still use DNA evidence the way they have used fingerprints and tire tracks: to determine whether a suspect committed the crime.”

― Bill Dedman

“In Los Angeles, the Police Department buys a 40-foot refrigerated trailer truck every six months just to hold DNA evidence.”

― Bill Dedman

“The business of popularizing crime is how we expose the faults in our justice system. It’s how we expose police misconduct.”

― Bill James

“In an era when information can be sent instantaneously anywhere, it is utterly nonsensical that our Nation’s police, the fire, and EMS personnel cannot consistently communicate with each other.”

― Bill Pascrell

“We have testimony saying, and I think common sense also dictates, that in a failed state like Syria, you don’t have any government information, police reports to rely on to vet somebody. So there’s no way to do a background check from somebody coming out of Syria. There’s no way we can find out whether they’re safe or not.”

― Blake Farenthold

“The Second Amendment was passed in an era when organized police forces were few and citizen militias were useful in maintaining the peace.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“The objective of the demonstrators is to win the affection of the armed agents of the government. Most of the Kiev police have now pledged their support for the people.”

― Bob Schaffer

“We need to police ourselves in the media.”

― Bob Woodward

“I did so many acting jobs for nothing. I was in a play that opened on Christmas Eve above a police precinct on 54th Street. Three people showed up. One of them was an agent. It was my first agent.”

― Bobby Cannavale

“First and foremost it’s important that we’re able to put something back in the game, which we have always done. We’re doing this to help needy charities along with the police forces in different towns and cities.”

― Bobby Hull

“Police officials routinely execute search warrants on private homes and offices, and Congressional offices should not be treated any differently. There cannot be one set of rules for elected officials and another set of rules for everyone else.”

― Bobby Jindal

“On the one hand, the guns were there to help capture the imagination of the people. But more important, since we knew that you couldn’t observe the police without guns, we took our guns with us to let the police know that we have an equalizer.”

― Bobby Seale

“We were like heroes, to stand there and observe the police, and the police were scared to move upon us.”

― Bobby Seale

“I have quite a few good friends in Philadelphia who were police officers.”

― Bobby Seale

“In the last 5 years I’ve been working with the LAPD, training police officers in first aid and CPR.”

― Bobby Sherman

“I’m fully aware of people’s perception of me, so when I start taking myself too seriously, I have to remember that, to them, I’m just the guy from ‘Police Academy.’”

― Bobcat Goldthwait

“Most people who are not of color, their parents didn’t need to tell them how to act around police or what to do if they ever got pulled over. Never, not once. We are taught that in the black neighborhoods. I’ve been profiled and pulled over, so it’s not like I don’t know.”

― Booker T

“We must continue to invest at the local level to help cities, towns, and villages retain teachers, police, firefighters, and other community-enhancing service providers.”

― Brad Schneider

“Special-purpose dogs have been a critical component for police and military work in the current war on terror. These dogs are some of the bravest animals on the planet.”

― Brandon Webb

“My police record says I went to Panama City, but I don’t recall it.”

― Brantley Gilbert

“An abusive cop does not equal a bigoted police department.”

― Bret Stephens

“Do I think police chiefs, many of which are African-American or Hispanic, wake up and say, ‘Let’s systemically oppress African-American communities?’ No, I don’t. Are there instances in which that happens? I’m sure there are.”

― Bret Stephens

“A profoundly disturbing thing you discover very quickly traveling in Cuba is that the most dangerous person for Cubans isn’t the police or even the secret police; it’s their neighbor. Anyone can report you for anything ‘outside’ the revolution – even if you haven’t done it yet.”

― Brin-Jonathan Butler

“It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.”

― Bruce Schneier

“I grew up listening to the Police, I grew up performing in bars, singing Police songs.”

― Bruno Mars

“I got in trouble with the police, and that was a rude awakening. That was it. I’d seen the bottom of the pit, and it was time to scrape myself out of it.”

― Bryan Adams

“Let’s say you are driving in the U.K., and you are pulled over by the police for speeding, and you try to bribe the police officer with £300 to walk away. I guarantee you that at least 99 times out of 100 you are going end up in handcuffs, and you will be charged with the crime of trying to bribe a police officer.”

― Bryan Fogel

“It saddens me that African Americans – when they express their pain, when they protest about police violence, when they question inequality, when they raise issues of bondage and discrimination – African Americans are seen as not patriotic.”

― Bryan Stevenson

“There’s nothing really to talk about with the police. I mean, for what?”

― Cam’ron

“I won’t talk to the D.C. police.”

― Cam’ron

“Where I come from, once word gets out that you’ve cooperated with the police, that only makes you a bigger target of criminal violence. That is a dark reality in so many neighborhoods like mine across America. I’m not saying its right, but it’s reality.”

― Cam’ron

“Fascists, Antifa attacked me, and an all-black police force in Philadelphia, and they claim to be fighting racism.”

― Candace Owens

“One time, a burglar came to my apartment, so we called the police. My son was here, so I think they left before they tried to steal something. So the police come to my apartment, and they say, ‘Oh my God, did they steal everything?’ I was like, ‘No, it was like that!’”

― Carine Roitfeld

“My research has taught me many important lessons, but perhaps none more important than this: drug effects, like semesters, are predictable; police interactions with black people are not.”

― Carl Hart

“I am certain that my white colleagues, when faced with an emergency situation, wouldn’t think twice about calling the police. This, however, may not be the case for their black and Latino students.”

― Carl Hart

“We don’t ever want to create an environment where people are afraid of their own local police officers.”

― Cary Kennedy

“I actually wanted to be a police officer like my dad for the longest time, up until my sophomore year in high school when I started doing plays. I did plays when I was little, but in high school, I started getting into acting.”

― Chad Lindberg

“I’m from Anderson, S.C., but I grew up in the South. So I know what it is to ride to school and have Confederate flags flying from trucks in front of me and behind me, to see a parking lot full of people with Confederate flags and know what that means. I’ve been stopped by police for no reason.”

― Chadwick Boseman

“There’s a larger conversation we need to have about the role of police officers, their relationship to the people as enemy or executioner, when they’re not supposed to be either.”

― Chance The Rapper

“I think the only thing that’s really going to make a change in terms of how we feel as citizens in terms of safety and our relationship with the police is if we start seeing more federal indictments, arrests, and convictions of police officers.”

― Chance The Rapper

“If I see a police officer behind me, and I can pull over into, like, a shopping center or something, I do it.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“If stop-and-frisk was a fair and balanced practice that targeted everybody equally across the board, then I could understand the extra precautions being taken, but since it’s a practice that targets blacks and Hispanics and gives the police the right to lawfully profile us, I’m not with it.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“I think sports has done a disservice for a lot of black kids thinking they can only be successful through athletics and entertainment. I want them to know they can be doctors, lawyers, teachers, fireman, police officers, etc.”

― Charles Barkley

“I was 14, and I left on my own. Living in a subway train, and police used to come in with a nightstick and say, ‘You can’t sleep here.’ I’d get up and go across the street, get on another train, and go back the other way.”

― Charles Bradley

“In the 1970s, New York City defaulted on its debt, and yes, the consequences were painful. Enrollment plummeted at City University campuses, which until then had offered free education. Seven thousand police officers were laid off. Crime skyrocketed. Services for the poor disappeared.”

― Charles Duhigg

“In the liberal remake of ‘Casablanca,’ the police captain comes upon the scene of the shooting and orders his men to ’round up the usual weapons.’ It’s always the weapon and never the shooter.”

― Charles Krauthammer

“I grew up in an environment where it was permittable to use violence to solve a problem. But it was not permittable ever to call the police under any circumstances. That was the kind of doctrine of my household. My dad was a career-long criminal, and you weren’t calling the police for any reason.”

― Charlie Hunnam

“Police officers see everything, and they experience everything, and they don’t always act correctly.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“The only thing police patrol cops – in certain situations – are expert at is spotting anomalies. When you are a black person that is driving in a place that you stick out, that’s all they’re going to see.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“The thing that all police officers decide when they wake up in the morning is that they’re going home.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“I decided that if the police couldn’t catch the gangsters, I’d create a fellow who could.”

― Chester Gould

“I definitely hope women know that abuse/harassment/blackmail on social media is also a crime, and the police definitely help.”

― Chinmayi

“Without the right tools, we can’t police our markets from illegal trade.”

― Chris Chocola

“Finding gainful employment to pay for housing is hard for any veteran experiencing homelessness. It’s even more difficult for veterans who’ve also had encounters with police and stints in jail.”

― Chris Gardner

“Freelancers are ‘free’ because they take risks – they don’t like being told what to do. That’s both exciting and daunting, because you have to police you.”

― Chris Hardwick

“What we do in Connecticut is ban assault weapons. We ban high-capacity magazines. We have true universal background checks, and we require everybody to get a permit from their police department before they can carry a pistol.”

― Chris Murphy

“I still assume that, any day, I’m going to be exposed as a fraud. That, like I once heard Gene Hackman say, the acting police are going to burst in and take away my card.”

― Chris Pine

“Once Joe Paterno learned that his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was showering with a young boy in the Penn State football locker room, he had two choices: think of the child as his own and call police. Or not. He chose the latter.”

― Christine Pelosi

“You can’t tell what’s aboard a container ship. We carried every kind of cargo, all of it on view: a police car, penicillin, Johnnie Walker Red, toilets, handguns, lumber, Ping-Pong balls, and IBM data cards.”

― Christopher Buckley

“Broadly speaking, there are two approaches to crime: the realistically detailed police procedural, usually grim and downbeat, and the more left-field, joyous theatre of ideas in which past masters once specialised. Knowing that I would never be able to handle the former, I set about reviving the latter.”

― Christopher Fowler

“One of the interesting things about being a female police officer in the ’60s is they really didn’t have opportunities to do any serious police work – they filed, and they made coffee, and they were treated like secretaries.”

― Claire Holt

“It seems to me that before we give federal funds to police departments, we ought to mandate that they have body cams.”

― Claire McCaskill

“With so much racial tension and issues between the police and black and minority ethnic groups, there needs to be more in-depth conversations if we’re going to fix anything.”

― Clare-Hope Ashitey

“I can’t think of an experience I’ve had with police that I felt was based on race, which is one difference between England and the U.S.”

― Clare-Hope Ashitey

“I think people have always had ambiguous relationships toward the police because of the position in society they occupy. But that anxiety and that animosity isn’t as strong in other places as it is in the U.S., partially because the police are armed here.”

― Clare-Hope Ashitey

“We live in an era where pizzas show up faster than the police.”

― Claude Chabrol

“I think our police are excellent, probably because I have not done anything that has occasioned being beaten up by these good men.”

― Clement Freud

“There are certain age limits on police officers. They’d have retired me out at 65.”

― Clint Eastwood

“There’s a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality.”

― Colin Kaepernick

“We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about, need to be brought to life, and we need to fix those.”

― Colin Kaepernick

“In West Virginia yesterday, a man was arrested for stealing several blow-up dolls. Reportedly, police didn’t have any trouble catching the man because he was completely out of breath.”

― Conan O’Brien

“My mother’s a police officer, so there was only so much trouble I could get myself into. But my father grew up on the other side.”

― Corey Hawkins

“Racism is a moral catastrophe, most graphically seen in the prison industrial complex and targeted police surveillance in black and brown ghettos rendered invisible in public discourse.”

― Cornel West

“We were raised in the black community not to trust the police, and I believe, in the white community, they were raised to actually be a policeman.”

― Courtney B. Vance

“It’s one of the roles of a lifetime to be able to play someone like Mr. Cochran who was so influential. People knew about his work in regard to police brutality. He was very much a staple in the community – someone who, if there was trouble, people knew, ‘Go get Johnnie Cochran.’”

― Courtney B. Vance

“It goes back in the black community that the police are not your friends. That’s an old, old, deep understanding that we have, that it’s going to take a lot to undo that in our minds.”

― Courtney B. Vance

“The Thought Police: To censor and protect.”

― Craig Bruce

“I think police officers are modern day heroes. I think they protect us.”

― Cuba Gooding, Jr.

“In my neighborhood… they view the police as someone who comes to take their loved ones away.”

― Curtis Jackson

“There’s a lot of good police officers. There’s thousands of perfect traffic stops. Lot of good men. Lot of good women. But those don’t get the stories.”

― Dabo Swinney

“Listen, I come from the most screwed-up dysfunctional situation. You’ve got violence. Police at your house. Your dad’s gone. Nowhere to live. I want people to know, if I can make it, anybody can make it.”

― Dabo Swinney

“The way police do what they do is under the microscope. You’ve got people on the one side saying, ‘We need to be holding our police accountable.’ And you’ve got a lot of people who support the police saying they’re being ‘unfairly vilified.’”

― Dan Abrams

“In the midst of the heartbreak and wreckage of 9-11, the world also witnessed what is America’s greatest strength. Firefighters, nurses, police officers, first responders and local residents worked around the clock to rescue and care for those injured.”

― Dan Coats

“There are many avenues to peacefully protest, but those rights don’t extend to illegal actions, breaching security perimeters, and threatening police officers.”

― Dan Donovan

“It’s so much more difficult to get police officers to testify against other police officers.”

― Dan Donovan

“A number of years ago, I found a book of photography by Weegee; he was a crime photographer in the 1930s in New York. He was the first person to put a police scanner in a car and drive around.”

― Dan Gilroy

“Building codes are a good thing. People who throw rocks at inspectors are being naive. It’s a lot like police officers; we want them around unless they stop us for a ticket. It’s the same with inspectors.”

― Dan Phillips

“When a number of crimes – for instance, burglaries – can be linked to the same offender, police often plot the locations on a map. The art of finding the location of the criminal’s home based on the crime sites is a key objective in what is known as geographical profiling.”

― Daniel Goldstein

“There were a bunch of things we really liked right off the bat about a police precinct. We loved how instantly relatable it was. We loved how little exposition was required to tell people who these guys were and what they were doing.”

― Daniel J. Goor

“I know what it means to be stopped by police. I’ve been stopped by police a lot.”

― Daniel Kaluuya

“Police do not belong in war zones.”

― Daniel Keys Moran

“There’s nothing like turning on the radio and listening to the high-speed chase that you’re leading police on!”

― Danny Bonaduce

“#BlackLivesMatter brought a new sense of urgency, audacity, and outrage to the issue of police violence against black men that has made it impossible to ignore, to cover up, or to justify.”

― Danny K. Davis

“I’ve got hundreds of friends who are police officers. I work with the police.”

― Danny K. Davis

“I try to bridge the gap between police and local communities.”

― Danny K. Davis

“I’m dedicated to healing the wounds between police and minority communities so both sides feel safe again.”

― Darryl Glenn

“It was a department where you had honesty and integrity stamped right on you when you came into the Los Angeles Police Department. If you violated that, or if you were a dishonest cop, you were terrible. We got rid of you as quickly as possible.”

― Daryl Gates

“Our people went out every single night trying to stop crime before it happened, trying to take people off the street that they believed were involved in crime. That made us a very aggressive, proactive police department.”

― Daryl Gates

“No one knew what Rodney King had done beforehand to be stopped. No one realized that he was a parolee and that he was violating his parole. No one knew any of those things. All they saw was this grainy film and police officers hitting him over the head.”

― Daryl Gates

“There is no police brutality.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“I think that Eric Holder has an animosity, a genuine hostility, toward local law enforcement – specifically toward white police officers. He truly believes that every white police officer is a stone-cold racist.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“This anti-cop sentiment from this hateful ideology called Black Lives Matter has fueled this rage against the American police officer.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“Police use of deadly force is rare in America. You wouldn’t know that by listening to some of the blowhards out there: the newspaper, the mainstream media, the race hustlers. They make it seem like this stuff happens several times a day. It’s rare.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“Now, can some cops be overbearing, rude? Yeah. But we have a process for that. Do what the officer tells you to do, and file a complaint. That’s the process. You don’t attack a police officer on the street or resist arrest because you think you’re being hassled.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“Don’t blame the police for having to deal aggressively due to underclass dysfunctional lifestyles brought on by failed liberal Democrat policies that keep blacks mired in a position of living life at the bottom.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“The Americans I know are not willing to abandon our police and our great Democratic experiment to the pathetic cowardice – or worse – of the progressive Left.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“I’m in favour of a sensible development of response units and their deployment in any circumstance where there may be a risk to the officers themselves or the neighbourhood they’re in. I’m not in favour of a blanket arming of the police.”

― David Blunkett

“Let me completely condemn these sickening scenes; scenes of looting, scenes of vandalism, scenes of thieving, scenes of people attacking police, of people even attacking firefighters. This is criminality pure and simple and it has to be confronted.”

― David Cameron

“Donald Trump was in a tuxedo, standing next to his award: a statue of a palm tree, as tall as a toddler. It was 2010, and Trump was being honored by a charity – the Palm Beach Police Foundation – for his ‘selfless support’ of its cause. His support did not include any of his own money.”

― David Fahrenthold

“The Palm Beach Police Foundation is a client of Trump’s. They pay to rent out Mar-a-Lago every year.”

― David Fahrenthold

“When you have all these new police officers and resource officers coming into schools, what I’m worried is going to happen is we’re going to increase the school-to-prison pipeline, which disproportionately affects students of color and lower social status.”

― David Hogg

“I am deeply aware of the pain caused to any victim of child abuse, especially at the hands of a trustworthy person within the church. I do encourage any person who believes they have been a victim of abuse to come forward and to inform the police.”

― David Hope, Baron Hope of Thornes

“We need to work for a day when police shootings are rare and not the stuff of our daily news.”

― David Horsey

“I believe that the human race has developed a form of collective schizophrenia in which we are not only the slaves to this imposed thought behavior, but we are also the police force of it.”

― David Icke

“European Muslims need to feel ownership of security, rather than viewing the police as an occupying army.”

― David Ignatius

“Kickback is a police thriller which I wrote. I’m very proud of it. I did it in two parts for France because when I wrote it, there wasn’t the audience demand for crime stuff that there is now.”

― David Lloyd

“When we were talking about this, an idea for this master vigilante, it was an urban guerilla. One of my ideas was that he would be a member of the police force who turned on the government.”

― David Lloyd

“My epiphany came in that police cell: I realised I was about to lose everything and it didn’t bother me, not in the slightest. I’d come to hate cycling because I blamed it for the lie I was living.”

― David Millar

“Over time, the desire of Iraqis to contribute to their own security has manifested itself in citizens volunteering for the police, the Army, and concerned local citizen programs.”

― David Petraeus

“The Pakistani Army, the Frontier Corps, the Frontier Scouts and Police have carried out quite impressive counter-insurgency operations.”

― David Petraeus

“We pass bills authorizing improvements and grants. But when it comes time to pay for these programs, we’d rather put the country’s money toward tax breaks for the wealthy than for police officers who are protecting our communities.”

― David Price

“To survive in a lot of male-dominated situations – the police, the military, what have you – you put on a bit of the crass, blowhard thing, because you just can’t survive being the nice guy in those environments.”

― Dean Norris

“The most credible police shows I’ve ever seen were ‘Barney Miller’ on TV and ‘The French Connection’ movie. They showed the tedious side of police work.”

― Dennis Farina

“I look at Facebook a fair bit. I see what’s posted. I see the travesties and illegalities of what police forces do. And I also see and understand that it is sanctioned by the general public – or we would do something.”

― Dennis Haysbert

“A recent police study found that you’re much more likely to get shot by a fat cop if you run.”

― Dennis Miller

“Police in Washington D.C. are now using cameras to catch drivers who go through red lights. Many congressmen this week opposed the use of the red light cameras incorrectly assuming they were being used for surveillance at local brothels.”

― Dennis Miller

“The larger the state, the more callous it becomes… the colder its heart. It is also true that the bigger the corporation, the more callous its heart. But unlike the state, corporations have competition and have no police powers.”

― Dennis Prager

“I am often asked what it is like to be on the ‘front line.’ But I do not use the term ‘front line’ to describe us, the protesters. Because everywhere in America, wherever we are, our blackness puts us in close proximity to police violence.”

― DeRay Mckesson

“The vast majority of A.D.A.s put everything on the line to make sure justice is served. That’s what I love about prosecutors and the New York police.”

― Diane Neal

“We have no regulation of drones in the United States in their commercial use. You can see drones some day hovering over the homes of Hollywood luminaries, violating privacy. This question has to be addressed. And we need rules of operation on the border, by police, by commercial use, and also by military and intelligence use.”

― Dianne Feinstein

“We can’t do much about ensuring that the homeland is safe if our local police and sheriffs’ departments don’t have the personnel they need to keep our streets and neighborhoods secure.”

― Dick Durbin

“A careful examination of the information available, from previous counter-terrorism investigations, demonstrates that police have never come close to having to release any dangerous terrorist suspects as a result of time constraints.”

― Dominic Grieve

“I don’t believe that the U.S. needs to take a police role. I think it needs to support African nations that have said they want to become a part of the solution.”

― Don Cheadle

“If legislators come to believe that police power is an ever-present constitutional trump card they can play whenever it suits them, overreaching is inexorable.”

― Don Willett

“Police work in major cities – and New York is no exception – has always been vulnerable to corruption. Teddy Roosevelt built his career on it.”

― Don Winslow

“Police departments are always a reflection of the society that they serve. Is there such a thing as ‘police culture?’ Absolutely. Is that culture isolated form the surrounding society? Absolutely not.”

― Don Winslow

“We have contradictory expectations of police: We want to be perfectly safe and perfectly free. We want total security and total privacy. We want the bad guys stopped and the good guys unmolested. That’s great for the consumer; try providing it.”

― Don Winslow

“The tragedy is that the police and inner city communities should be allies. Who suffers most from violent crime in America? Inner city communities. Who has a personal and professional interest in lowering that violence? Cops.”

― Don Winslow

“Marriage, laws, the police, armies and navies are the mark of human incompetence.”

― Dora Russell

“Police officers, firefighters, EMTs – they are all out there every single day – literally just a phone call away for anyone who needs them.”

― Doreen Cronin

“I wanted to be a police officer for a long time so I could be just like my dad!”

― Doreen Cronin

“And if you want to know why great editors scare the pants off of writers everywhere, read ‘Eats, Shoots and Leaves’ by Lynne Truss. The punctuation police are everywhere!”

― Dorothea Benton Frank

“I knew police officers have a very difficult job. They have to make split second decisions that will impact not only the communities they serve but their families, their own personal lives.”

― Doug Baldwin

“My father’s a police officer, and he’s told me numerous times about his training and how they’ve gone through what they call verbal judo, which is essentially them trying to de-escalate the situation.”

― Doug Baldwin

“While I was in ‘Inadmissible Evidence’ at the Donmar, I was mugged at the HSBC ATM on Shaftesbury Avenue. I grabbed one of the men, and when the police arrived, they put both me and him against a wall until they worked out which of us was the criminal.”

― Douglas Hodge

“Let them police themselves, and then it goes another step past them to my coaches and there a coach that is responsible for a different area and different category on the field.”

― Dusty Baker

“The police must obey the law while enforcing the law.”

― Earl Warren

“There is no requirement that police stop a person who enters a police station and states that he wishes to confess a crime or a person who calls the police to offer a confession because volunteered statements of any kind are not barred by the 5th Amendment.”

― Earl Warren

“The black police in Compton are worse than the white police.”

― Eazy-E

“MAC gave me 55 lipsticks to test. These are the same lipsticks I got caught stealing by the police when I was 15. How ironic.”

― Eddie Izzard

“If you ever watch police chases on, like, helicopter cams, they very quickly become nightmarish when you start to see the police coming in from the edge of the frame. I always find that terrifying.”

― Edgar Wright

“I love the Zucker brothers’ films – ‘Airplane!,’ ‘Top Secret’ and ‘Police Squad!’ – are my formative experiences.”

― Edgar Wright

“I was in the Square at the time. The crowd was a most good-humoured, easy going, smiling crowd; but presently it was transformed. A regiment of mounted police came cantering up.”

― Edward Carpenter

“History buffs expect historical background in historical fiction. Mystery readers expect forensics and police procedure in crime fiction. Westerns – gasp – describe the West. Techno-thriller readers expect to learn something about technology from their fiction.”

― Edward M. Lerner

“Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we’ve been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it.”

― Edward Snowden

“I’ve been in several situations where police officers and district attorneys have had the cooperation of people in the news media without either endangering the reporter or compromising their sources.”

― Edwin Meese

“If there’s any credence to the guy who wrote ‘Drones Over Blkyn’ a year before drones were flying over Brooklyn, then listen to me: we’re going to be in fascist police state.”

― El-P

“Fans recognize me all over the place. But the second you need anything, they’re never around! They’re like the police!”

― Elaine Stritch

“To be a member of the Communist Party is to have a taste of the police state. It is a diluted taste but is bitter and unforgettable.”

― Elia Kazan

“There was no doubt that there was a vast organization which was making fools of all the liberals in Hollywood and taking their money, that there was a police state among the Left element in Hollywood and Broadway.”

― Elia Kazan

“I’ve developed this love of trashy Russian literature. There’s a women’s detective series that I was obsessed with for a while, written by Aleksandra Marinina, the former chief of police.”

― Elif Batuman

“The attractive idea that we can now have a parliament of man with authority to control the conduct of nations by legislation or an international police force with power to enforce national conformity to rules of right conduct is a counsel of perfection.”

― Elihu Root

“Unquestionably, it was going to be highly dangerous. Yet I felt it was quite natural to jump at the task. After all, if you don’t like action and excitement, you don’t go into police work. And, what the hell, I figured, nobody lives forever!”

― Eliot Ness

“The Capitol Police have a very tough job.”

― Elise Stefanik

“’By Any Means’ follows a team of behind-the-scenes crime-prevention team – not police. They basically go to the areas of crime where the police can’t touch and organised crime fighting units can’t go to – in the public eye – to bring about real justice, treading the line between ‘true’ justice and what the law says is justice.”

― Elliot Knight

“The war on drugs is not being won, and it continues to threaten stability and democracy not only in the Andes but throughout the Caribbean as well, where tiny police and military forces are outclassed by the sophisticated equipment in the hands of traffickers passing through the region on the way to their market in this country.”

― Elliott Abrams

“The chief characteristic of ‘The Tribune’ under Greeley was an aggressive and even ostentatious purity. ‘Immoral and degrading police reports,’ and any notices of the existence of the theater, whether in news or advertising, were at first scrupulously excluded.”

― Elmer Davis

“Congressman Lacy Clay and I believe that there’s no excuse for shooting at police officers, law enforcement officers who get up in the morning and go out and put their lives on the line to protect us.”

― Emanuel Cleaver

“Truths begin by a conflict with the police – and end by calling them in.”

― Emil Cioran

“I tried to help a shirtless man who was being arrested in Starbucks. He obviously wasn’t right in the head, but the police thought I was trying to make things worse.”

― Emma Healey

“We can be tackled but referees are there to police dangerous challenges. Forwards are protected by the laws of the game and the way it’s played, while defenders and midfielders have to throw themselves about a bit more.”

― Eniola Aluko

“De Palma is delicious! He respects music; he respects composers. For ‘The Untouchables,’ everything I proposed to him was fine, but then he wanted a piece that I didn’t like at all, and of course we didn’t have an agreement on that. It was something I didn’t want to write – a triumphal piece for the police.”

― Ennio Morricone

“We watch so many TV shows and movies about jaded or corrupt policemen, we forget people join the police force to do good, and they really care about that.”

― Enrico Colantoni

“I will maintain the presence of a Mexican Army, and the Navy and police in the states of the Mexican Republic, where the problem of crime has increased.”

― Enrique Pena Nieto

“People elect me to make sure the chief of police is the right chief of police. They elect me to make sure I have the right person running the airport.”

― Eric Garcetti

“When it comes to public safety, I listen to police chiefs and cops, not to a cable-news station.”

― Eric Garcetti

“You don’t have to be Latino to speak powerfully about how important it is to have a police department that cares for our immigrant communities.”

― Eric Garcetti

“I’ll never stop listening to police officers over politicians.”

― Eric Garcetti

“When it comes to police officers, I have concerns about the training that they receive. This whole notion of implicit bias, looking at people and having stereotypical reactions to them on the basis of their ethnicity.”

― Eric Holder

“Communities of color don’t understand what it means to be a police officer, the fear that police officers have in just being on the streets.”

― Eric Holder

“Enforcement priorities and arrest patterns must not lead to disparate treatment under the law, even if such treatment is unintended. And police forces should reflect the diversity of the communities they serve.”

― Eric Holder

“Studies show that if people think that they are treated fairly by the police, that matters almost more than what the result is. If you get stopped for a traffic stop and feel that you are treated courteously and fairly, you are much more likely to accept the fact that you got a speeding ticket.”

― Eric Holder

“Michael Brown’s tragic death has revealed a deep distrust between some in the Ferguson community and its police force. It also developed a need to develop and widely disseminate law enforcement best practices for responding to public demonstrations.”

― Eric Holder

“Every day, in every city and town across the country, police officers are performing vital services that help make their communities safer.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“When the trust between the police and the communities they serve breaks down, everyone is at risk.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“In 1933, the Gestapo was founded to become – to be a secret police agency to keep tabs on political opposition and so forth. Brand-new as of April 1933.”

― Erik Larson

“You can limit the number of invitations to an in-person fashion show, but you can’t police the Internet.”

― Erin McKean

“They have accorded me my constitutional rights, and that is to their credit because the media hate campaign against me has been so intense and so vicious that it’s a miracle that the police have taken such a professional approach.”

― Ernst Zundel

“We are not advertising ourselves as a secure platform. It’s a communication platform. It’s not our job to police the world or Snapchat of jerks.”

― Evan Spiegel

“Look at something like cooking. Now, you would hear a lot about smart kitchens and augmented kitchens. And what do those smart kitchens actually do? They police what’s happening inside the kitchen. They have cameras that distinguish ingredients one from each other and that tell you that shouldn’t mix this ingredient with another ingredient.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“In China, Internet surveillance has already become a profitable industry. In fact, a growing number of private firms eagerly assist the local police by aggregating this data and presenting it in easy-to-browse formats, allowing humans to pursue more analytical tasks.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“As people, we have to take the law’s side. We have to stand behind the police, not behind the criminal.”

― Fabio Lanzoni

“A stalker tormented me for over five years. I don’t know what was going through his mind, as he was a police officer, and because of that, I at first considered him someone to be trusted.”

― Fabio Quagliarella

“It is anomalous to hold that in order to convict a man the police cannot extract by force what is in his mind, but can extract what is in his stomach.”

― Felix Frankfurter

“My mum was a child minder, but now she fosters. My dad was in the police force, and now he’s a private detective.”

― Finn Jones

“When I was in jail, I was a lot of people’s favorite person. I practically ran the jail. I had more freedom than the police.”

― Flavor Flav

“CBS fought very hard on this because it believed and believes that there’s a principle at stake here. The principle is that Dan Rather doesn’t work for the police, and that people that speak to Dan Rather understand that he’s a journalist and not a police agent.”

― Floyd Abrams

“If the word gets out, if the perception exists that by speaking to a CBS journalist you are, therefore, inevitably, immediately speaking to the police, I don’t think there’s any doubt but that people won’t talk. And, therefore, the public won’t learn.”

― Floyd Abrams

“This is going right to the police. So, it’s a very dangerous precedent.”

― Floyd Abrams

“Cinematic icons of the police detective are more male role models than female.”

― Frances McDormand

“To one who believes that really good industrial conditions are the hope for a machine civilization, nothing is more heartening than to watch conference methods and education replacing police methods.”

― Frances Perkins

“Becoming a police officer is a choice. It’s not something you’re born into.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“I believe there’s a huge conflict of interest when local prosecutors investigate cases of police violence within their own communities.”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“It’s really frustrating when you’re an identity-theft victim, and you go to the police and you say, ‘This guy in Florida, he stole my name and got a credit card – this is his address,’ and they say, ‘We don’t have jurisdiction in Florida. You need to go to the FBI.’”

― Frank Abagnale

“You cannot rely on the police, you cannot rely on the government, you cannot rely on the bank to protect you.”

― Frank Abagnale

“The relationship between ‘My Chemical Romance’ and Michael Pedicone is over. He was caught red-handed stealing from the band and confessed to police after our show last night in Auburn, Washington. We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation.”

― Frank Iero

“What impressed me particularly in Vienna was the strict order everywhere. No mob disturbances of any kind, in spite of the greatly increased liberty and relaxation of police regulations.”

― Fritz Kreisler

“The people that are serving you gas, the people that are in your restaurants serving you, the firefighters, and police officers are members of the gay and lesbian community. They’re members of our broader community.”

― Gavin Newsom

“The wrongful arrest of tens of thousands of British Muslims after the September 11 attacks can be explained by the very poor intelligence the police had, and, just possibly, excused by the fact that a terrorist action in Britain linked to British Muslims would have been hugely damaging.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“It depends on the generation and gender. The males usually go for ‘Police Academy,’ and the young women now in their late 20s or so go for ‘Punky Brewster.’ I am recognized quite frequently because they’re still playing that stuff on television!”

― George Gaynes

“The atom bombs are piling up in the factories, the police are prowling through the cities, the lies are streaming from the loudspeakers, but the earth is still going round the sun.”

― George Orwell

“The police protect us, and we’re going to protect the police.”

― George Osborne

“Afghanistan can’t police its borders, and its neighbors give sanctuary and assistance to insurgents.”

― George Packer

“When I was going to gay bars in my 20s and 30s, the older guys there explained to me that the police would occasionally raid these places and march the clients out, load them onto paddy wagons, drive them down to the station, photograph them, fingerprint them and put their names on a list. They were doing nothing wrong, and it was criminalized.”

― George Takei

“I am going to give the moral support of the presidency to the police and firemen.”

― George Wallace

“No nation ought to keep a navy larger than is necessary to do police duty.”

― George William Norris

“I love the police, contrary to many people.”

― Gerard Depardieu

“In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep full control over their police forces, security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities.”

― Gijs de Vries

“Police forces collect information to be used in a public court to get people convicted. Security services gather information that does not necessarily lead to people being prosecuted and in many cases needs to remain confidential.”

― Gijs de Vries

“If the police ever try to pick me up, Michael Jackson told me I can hide out at his house.”

― Gilbert Gottfried

“If we didn’t have a sustainable agriculture industry, who would be paying the then-missing taxes to support our defence, police, roads, airports, elderly, parks, public sporting facilities and much more?”

― Gina Rinehart

“I think police brutality has been going on since – I don’t know – ever since I can remember and, you know, hearing about it in my childhood.”

― Goapele

“I’m afraid that this is me getting on my high horse now but we have yob television, yob newspapers, and funny enough whereas it was my mum and dad, school, police, church who used to set the standards, now it’s tabloids and yob television who set the standards by which people live.”

― Gordon Strachan

“As for civil liberties, any one who is not vigilant may one day find himself living, if not in a police state, at least in a police city.”

― Gore Vidal

“In essence, Clinton’s Anti-Terrorism Act would set up a national police force, over the long-dead bodies of the founders.”

― Gore Vidal

“Metro police can’t infuse hope into those for whom hope is foreign. The algorithm does not exist that can heal the traumatized. Data-driven predictions won’t result in the delivery of mental health services.”

― Greg Boyle

“Most citizens viewing the tape of Rodney G. King being beaten by police officers were stunned and uncomprehending. Most citizens, that is, but the urban poor.”

― Greg Boyle

“We need not wait for further, well-placed home video cameras to see that low-intensity warfare is being waged against low-income minorities. We need only listen to the voices of the poor; they can testify that they are dehumanized, disparaged, and despised by the police.”

― Greg Boyle

“We had a lot of riots. We came under attack from many of the police departments. It certainly wasn’t some publicity thing. I was afraid for many years. We couldn’t play in LA for many years. A lot of people got very cynical.”

― Greg Ginn

“What the media does to Trump is what they did the cops – say the police are really harmful, then later ask why people are so scared of the police.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“As liberals in charge and a media question the capabilities of police, they then limply ask why there is an anti-police atmosphere or why cops are holding back.”

― Greg Gutfeld

“You have to accept that Batman is a fact of life in Gotham City, and on top of that, you have to accept that somehow this city manages to function with a police force that’s 90% corrupt.”

― Greg Rucka

“I am an atheist. I was born a Catholic, but after I had traveled to Northern Ireland with some Catholic friends, and we had a horrible experience with the English Protestant police, I lost all taste for formal religion.”

― Guy Laliberte

“People see police officers and think they’re such bad people. We have some who can be some bad people. But we have some great ones out there, that are here to protect us.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“Growing up as a little kid, you’re always told, ‘If you see the police, tell us.’ So you’re like, ‘Whoa, are they the bad people or not?’ It makes you think.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“An administration without a police executive is powerless and there were many proofs of this.”

― Hans Frank

“Concentration camps were entirely a matter for the police and had nothing to do with the administration.”

― Hans Frank

“The police officers, so far as discipline, organization, pay, and orders were concerned, came exclusively under the German Reich police system and were in no way connected with the administration of the Government General.”

― Hans Frank

“I don’t know what goes on in prison. I’ve never been in trouble with the police in my life.”

― Harry Redknapp

“The Marine Corps is the Navy’s police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin’s.”

― Harry S Truman

“In my opinion, New York City police officers are brave.”

― Heath Ledger

“Many of us are under the delusion that the police exist solely to deal with crime and keep us safe. That is to ignore the major focus of many of today’s top cops on managing reputation – both of their force and, by default, their careers.”

― Heather Brooke

“It seems appropriate that the author of ‘1984’ was a British citizen. George Orwell must have seen how easily the great British public’s lamb-like disposition toward its leaders could be exploited to create a police state.”

― Heather Brooke

“The police came to me to say I had death threats and that I had to be careful!”

― Heather Mills

“You cannot bribe a Chilean police officer – I know this firsthand.”

― Hector Tobar

“The discipline, particularly in these urban schools for the poor, it’s not controlled by the administration – they’re controlled by the police. This is an expression of a racist logic that has now seeped directly into schools.”

― Henry Giroux

“When a young non-white male is stopped and searched at the whim of a police officer, his idea of personal space, privacy and self esteem are shattered, to say nothing of his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment protections. The damage goes deep quickly and stays. Stop & frisk, as well as a tactic, is also an incitement.”

― Henry Rollins

“My first book, ‘Nadirs,’ was very important for me. I’ll leave its literary worth for others to judge. But its publication in Berlin in 1984 gave me protection. As did the awards it won. The Romanian secret police could no longer treat me and my friends as though we were completely cut off from the rest of the world. And we no longer felt cut off.”

― Herta Muller

“I visited the compound of the American embassy and talked to the police and the people and encouraged them, and I told them to take the proper measure and apply the law against the people who are attacking them and attacking the buildings.”

― Hesham Qandil

“When I get stopped by the police, I keep my hands on the wheel. I’m not going to move.”

― Hill Harper

“There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.”

― Hubert H. Humphrey

“All I know is for a number of years, if someone like me called police for a burglary, a mugging, or something happened to me, chances are that a photographer or reporter would turn up before a policeman.”

― Hugh Grant

“In some townships, political parties are run by thugs financed from Cape Town. If we don’t have support of the police, we can not have the ability to organize and to gain even a slight semblance of power.”

― Hugh Masekela

“The Hell’s Angels try not to do anything halfway, and anyone who deals in extremes is bound to cause trouble, whether he means to or not. This, along with a belief in total retaliation for any offense or insult, is what makes the Hell’s Angels unmanageable for the police and morbidly fascinating to the general public.”

― Hunter S. Thompson

“When I was in my teenage years, I went to sign up as a cadet entrant to the police force but was at the very last moment rejected, just as I was about to sign my name on the dotted line. I won’t get into why that happened, but it was a moment where it could’ve been predetermined then that I was off to become a policeman.”

― Ian Anderson

“I don’t want the books to become PR exercises for the police; I want to have the freedom to write about cops who cross the line: bad cops.”

― Ian Rankin

“I haven’t reported my missing credit card to the police because whoever stole it is spending less than my wife.”

― Ilie Nastase

“When we came out from the Elysee palace, there was a gigantic limousine waiting for us and four police on motorcycles. It is probably one of the few times I have experienced my fame. I thought it was so fantastic that I laughed to the point of shouting.”

― Ingmar Bergman

“I rebelled against all form of authority, against my grandfather, my step-father, the Church, the police, the government, the bosses. Everything male that was there, and was determining my life.”

― Isabel Allende

“I never let anyone pluck, including myself, unless my mom approves. She guards my eyebrows. She’s like the eyebrow police!”

― Isabelle Fuhrman

“I read Freud because I find him an excellent writer… a writer of police thrillers that can be followed with great passion.”

― Italo Calvino

“I have no private life, as I am constantly under police surveillance.”

― Ivica Dacic

“Police blog or entertainment news, it’s just good to see your name in print.”

― J. B. Smoove

“You gotta improvise in life. You gotta improv if the police pull you over.”

― J. B. Smoove

“I am who I am. I have a low voice, and I look like somebody’s dad or boss or a police chief, and those roles come my way.”

― J. K. Simmons

“I’ve always been kind of a mutt creatively. I started off in journalism, and I’ve actually done more police and procedural shows than I’ve ever done science fiction shows. I was on ‘Murder She Wrote,’ I was on ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ I was on ‘Jake and the Fat Man.’”

― J. Michael Straczynski

“The wonderful police officers who spend time with me I don’t think appreciate that, but I do still drive. I do still cook: not often, but just last week, I really felt like making one of my mum’s old recipes – so I did. I do still go to our local department store to buy things like maternity jeans that no one else can really do for me.”

― Jacinda Ardern

“The only dead bodies from marijuana are in the prisons and at the hands of the police. This is ridiculous.”

― Jack Herer

“It is obvious that the RUC is no longer accepted as an impartial police force.”

― Jack Lynch

“There’s only two people in your life you should lie to… the police and your girlfriend.”

― Jack Nicholson

“It is important for us to be able to meet and greet the people that we serve. And if we start having police presence everywhere we go, it’s going to create a chilling effect on discourse, and it creates an incredible assault on the democratic process.”

― Jackie Speier

“The party where humorless thought police work to enforce a rigid ideological discipline isn’t made up of Democrats. It comprises Republicans.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“When truth is no longer free, freedom is no longer real: the truths of the police are the truths of today.”

― Jacques Prevert

“For target shooting, that’s okay. Get a license and go to the range. For defense of the home, that’s why we have police departments.”

― James Brady

“My belief, for what it is worth, is that city dwellers cannot understand the world. Insulated from reality by complex and expert systems of provision and police, baffled by fashion and spectacle, city dwellers can distinguish neither the sources of their existence nor the consequences.”

― James Buchan

“One of the consequences of the Iranian revolution has been an explosion of history. A country once known only from British consular reports and intrepid travelogues is now awash with historical documents, letters, diaries, grainy video, weblogs and secret police files of questionable authenticity.”

― James Buchan

“If you’re ringing my doorbell eight times every three minutes and hiding behind my garbage cans, I will call the police. That is literally harassment.”

― James Charles

“Lives are saved when those potential killers are confronted by a police officer, a strong police presence and actual, honest-to-goodness, up-close ‘What are you guys doing on this corner at 1 o’clock in the morning’ policing. We need to be careful it doesn’t drift away from us in the age of viral videos, or there will be profound consequences.”

― James Comey

“I come from a law enforcement family. My grandfather, William J. Comey, was a police officer. Pop Comey is one of my heroes. I have a picture of him on my wall in my office at the FBI, reminding me of the legacy I’ve inherited and that I must honor.”

― James Comey

“People view the police not as allies, but as antagonists, and think of them not with respect or gratitude, but with suspicion and distrust.”

― James Comey

“After years of police work, officers often can’t help but be influenced by the cynicism they feel.”

― James Comey

“There’s a perception that police are less likely to do the marginal additional policing that suppresses crime: the getting out of your car at 2 in the morning and saying to a group of guys, ‘What are you doing here?’”

― James Comey

“I don’t know if it’s true or not that folks are less likely to tell police when they see things.”

― James Comey

“Unfortunately, in places like Ferguson, in New York City and in some communities across this nation, there is a disconnect between police agencies and the citizens they serve, predominately in communities of color.”

― James Comey

“France is a pretty stable democracy, but incidents occur. And I was pleased to have police accompaniment.”

― James Douglas

“African-Americans have always viewed the protection of black lives as a civil rights issue, whether the threat comes from police officers or street criminals. Far from ignoring the issue of crime by blacks against other blacks, African-American officials and their constituents have been consumed by it.”

― James Forman, Jr.

“Most people that take jobs as police officers are taking them because they’re good jobs. Many who go into these jobs are doing it because it’s good work.”

― James Forman, Jr.

“We need to hire more black police officers in this country because these are good jobs, and African Americans should have their fair share of good jobs. But we shouldn’t do it because we think that’s going to change policing. We have to push for police reform in other ways.”

― James Forman, Jr.

“My live sound does not work in the studio, which is a completely different animal. Every little thing is detrimental to the sound. And if someone moves a mic, you’ve lost it. It’s pretty much a case of ‘lock the door and set up a police line.’”

― James Hetfield

“My accident happened in what should have been one of the safest places to be: in a police station, at the hands of trained police officers. So more guns are not the answer.”

― James Langevin

“I wanted to be a police detective. In my work, particularly in documentaries, I am obsessed with finding things out, seeking ever-new facts and perspectives – each project can involve years of research.”

― James Marsh

“I crashed my bicycle on the way to my first date with my ex-girlfriend and was cautioned by the police.”

― James Norton

“I mean that the function of the police is to solve problems that have law-enforcement consequences in a way that is based on a genuine partnership with the neighborhood in both the venting of the problem and the discussion of the solution.”

― James Q. Wilson

“’Criminal Intent’ scripts are very good. Like others involved in ‘Law & Order’ stuff, I’ve come to appreciate the lack of ‘soap,’ if you will. The story dominates. You don’t spend a lot of time with the psychological underpinnings of the police.”

― Jamey Sheridan

“My father became the technical advisor for ‘The Desert Fox,’ with James Mason as Rommel. They wanted an Aussie who had been in North Africa with the English, and found my father on the Pasadena police force.”

― Jamey Sheridan

“It wouldn’t matter whether you were Latino or Hispanic or Norwegian. If you didn’t have proof of citizenship and if the police officer had reasonable suspicion, he would ask and verify your citizenship. I mean, that’s the way that it is. That’s what the federal law says. And that’s what the law in Arizona says.”

― Jan Brewer

“Fifty thousand people in Mexico have been murdered. Puerto Penasco, 60 miles south of our border, just had five people and a police officer killed. That is like part of Arizona, and it is spilling over into our state.”

― Jan Brewer

“We must honor, protect and support our police officers and their families every day of the year.”

― Janet Reno

“I think the answer to civil disorder in America, the answer to police problems in America, the answer to jail overcrowding and all the problems that we see is – the one answer is that government must go back to its people.”

― Janet Reno

“You are not going to put 100,000 police officers on the streets overnight and do the right job. To put them on the streets, to see that they’re properly trained; you have to do it in an orderly way over a period of time.”

― Janet Reno

“One of the problems in America is that everybody focuses on their own narrow little bit of the problem without connecting punishment and prevention together, without connecting the schools and the police together, without connecting the pediatricians and the social workers together.”

― Janet Reno

“It is the police of America who are on the front lines, who are on the streets, who are in the daily contact with American citizens, who translate the dreams of American citizens when they succeed and frustrate the dreams when they fail.”

― Janet Reno

“Police and prosecutors and the courts have got to talk together.”

― Janet Reno

“That policy was abandoned very quickly, and the military police were tagged with the responsibility of conducting training, which they did. We were not equipped or set up with personnel to recruit new Iraqi guards.”

― Janis Karpinski

“Military police know what to do, they know the Geneva Conventions, and their objective is to provide a safe, secure, fair environment for prisoners under their control.”

― Janis Karpinski

“The war was declared over – the end of major combat operations – in May 2003. Release procedures got under way immediately; reducing the population from 8,000 to just over 300, of course, requires fewer military police soldiers.”

― Janis Karpinski

“There was a military police brigade with over 3,400 soldiers getting ready to go home because their mission – prisoner-of-war operations – was finished.”

― Janis Karpinski

“The Police could get away with doing an entire record with really no audible reverb, which I have always admired and thought would be a lot of fun to try to re-create.”

― Jason Isbell

“I can remember being young and being outside and watch guys go through what they go through with the police, and old ladies come outside their house and be like, ‘Oh, Lord, they’re hitting him,’ or whatever is happening. You see it right in front of your face.”

― Jason Mitchell

“I was eight years old when I got the talk about what to do if a police officer stops me. I was 15 when I was face-down on the curb for the first time.”

― Jason Reynolds

“Real silencing occurs when a conservative tries to speak at a liberal university like Berkeley, and the party of anger and violence acts on their hatred when a police department says we can’t protect a Republican speaker.”

― Jeanine Pirro

“I have spent 30 years working with police officers, doing everything I can to help them do their jobs, honoring the sacrifices they make every day.”

― Jeanine Pirro

“There’s no telling how many guns we have in America – and when one gets used in a crime, no way for the cops to connect it to its owner. The only place the police can turn for help is a Kafkaesque agency in West Virginia, where, thanks to the gun lobby, computers are illegal and detective work is absurdly antiquated.”

― Jeanne Marie Laskas

“There is an apparatus set up to protect politicians, but those within that apparatus will have their own political views. I’ve got mates who are police officers and mates who are in the military, and they often have a very different view to the policy they’re asked to carry out.”

― Jed Mercurio

“With the police thriller genre, people come to it with an expectation. It allows you to get away with a bit of violence, edginess, darkness.”

― Jed Mercurio

“People are used to watching cop shows in which the cops are very straight down the line and they solve the crimes, but I think people actually have a much more sophisticated and varied view of the police.”

― Jed Mercurio

“I think a lot of police procedurals are very conventional. With the stuff I’m doing, I’m trying to approach the institution of the police in a different way.”

― Jed Mercurio

“I have a lot of respect for our police forces. They are generally honest and effective.”

― Jed Mercurio

“The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory.”

― Jeff Cooper

“I used to be on the Lincoln City Council. You learn that there’s never enough money for all of the police officers and fire-fighting apparatus you’d like to have.”

― Jeff Fortenberry

“One of my college roommates was into The Police, and I got to like them. But I hear one of the guys left the band.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“Tamerlan Tsarnaev is telling no tales. The older of the two brothers who committed the Boston Marathon bombings was likely the one who planned the attack, but when he died in a shootout with police just days after the blasts, his thoughts and motivations vanished with him.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“There are popular celebrities, there are unpopular celebrities and then there are the walking dead. You know the walking dead when you see them: they look like Mel Gibson, still striving for drunken charm in an L.A. County mug shot, after getting picked up on a DWI charge that included anti-semitic slurs directed at the police.”

― Jeffrey Kluger

“It’s becoming much more common to see yoga studios offer classes aimed exclusively at people of color who are searching for ways to cope with racism and fears around police brutality.”

― Jenna Wortham

“The web’s earliest architects and pioneers fought for their vision of freedom on the Internet at a time when it was still small forums for conversation and text-based gaming. They thought the web could be adequately governed by its users without their needing to empower anyone to police it.”

― Jenna Wortham

“Movies like ‘The Interview’ and ‘Team America: World Police’ don’t often show the realities of life in North Korea and the human rights violations perpetrated by the government there.”

― Jennifer Armintrout

“I remember when the first police scary video thing came out, and you thought, wow, ooh, look at this, come and look, come and look. And now it’s on every channel.”

― Jennifer Saunders

“The most experience I had in the criminology field is playing a thug as an actor. That was my first paid job. The police academy at the college was paying people to reenact the calls that potential cops would get. So I got to play thugs and people who were unruly.”

― Jeremy Renner

“When my dad first started out in the police force, wearing the uniform was a sense of pride, and it was respected in the community for what the police force was all about. Unfortunately today, the uniform is a target.”

― Jerry Doyle

“The coffers are full of money and equipment for the Ferguson Police and the Missouri National Guard to put down a potential uprising, but no money for actually uplifting the people of Ferguson, St. Louis, Missouri and around the nation.”

― Jesse Jackson

“The Left always promote their fake news and conspiracy theories – pushing the lies of ‘racism,’ ‘sexism,’ ‘homophobi-ism,’ ‘Islamophobi-ism.’ They support NFL thugs lying about so-called ‘police brutality,’ which doesn’t exist.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“It’s an interesting situation to be in to play a cop on TV and to know so many police officers through our training and our advisors.”

― Jesse Lee Soffer

“The men and women that I’ve worked with on the police force are some of the most honest, heroic, and pure human beings I’ve ever met.”

― Jesse Lee Soffer

“If waterboarding’s OK, why don’t we let our police do it to suspects so we can learn what they know? We only seem to waterboard Muslims… Have we waterboarded anyone else?”

― Jesse Ventura

“If you ask a young man from my team, ‘Would you rather deal with police or with White?’ they’ll tell you ‘police’ every time.”

― Jesse White

“I hadn’t realized until I covered the police beat just how seedy crime is.”

― Jessica Savitch

“I myself have been scrutinized by militarized police, but I know officers who actually handle themselves in a certain way that makes me feel safe.”

― Jidenna

“Taxes, well laid and well spent, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general welfare. Taxes protect property and the environment; taxes make business possible. Taxes pay for roads and schools and bridges and police and teachers. Taxes pay for doctors and nursing homes and medicine.”

― Jill Lepore

“I do remember being in high school and trying to go to an Outlaws concert, but I was too drunk and ended up in trouble with the police at some truck stop on 95 in Connecticut.”

― Jim Coleman

“In my home State of Minnesota, I have seen firsthand the importance of Byrne grants to local police in reducing crime and drugs and improving public safety.”

― Jim Ramstad

“Bulgaria is fascinating. Because it had been a Communist country until the mid-80s, so it had just recently transitioned. And there were still the police towers on the street corners, where they look down – they were still there, although no one was in them.”

― Joan Cusack

“I didn’t want to do ‘Fashion Police’ because I thought, ‘This is stupid, this is beneath me, who wants to talk about fashion?’ It has taken off. We are the number one show in England on E! Who knew?”

― Joan Rivers

“When I am on E! for the ‘Fashion Police,’ I only care about being a critic. It loses me many friends.”

― Joan Rivers

“I was a cop in the Las Vegas Police Department in 1957. I was very young when I joined. But then I became a federal narcotics agent after that, in Vegas, and that propelled me into my future to fight the drug traffickers.”

― Joe Arpaio

“When you go to your local police officer, your police chief in the town you live in, big or small, he will tell you the vast majority of the weapons recovered at a crime scene are either stolen weapons, and/or they have been ‘lost’ or stolen.”

― Joe Biden

“What matters is voting for where you live: Who’s your mayor, who’s your police chief, who represents you, your city council, your judges. That matters that you vote.”

― Joe Walsh

“From zoning to labor to food safety to insurance, local food systems daily face a phalanx of regulatory hurdles designed and implemented to police industrial food models but which prejudicially wipe out the antidote: appropriate scaled local food systems.”

― Joel Salatin

“Being a police officer in America is a tough job.”

― Johan Renck

“The power to prevent violence is a power that no police force seems to have anywhere in the United States.”

― John Abizaid

“Many later commented on the fact that large numbers of those engaged in the most senseless acts of destruction were left well alone by cops, indeed people dressed as Black Block members were seen freely making their way across police lines and talking to cops.”

― John Blair

“Initially charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest I was held for 36 hours, was beaten by cops and made to stand spread eagled against the cell wall for 12 hours with no food or water, until I collapsed. Everyone was strip searched on the way in.”

― John Blair

“The job of training an Iraqi police force is one of the most important tasks being undertaken in Operation Iraqi Freedom. It is also one of the most difficult.”

― John Boehner

“The real evil of the Russian communist state is not communism. It is the secret police and the concentration camp.”

― John Boyd Orr

“It’s a thankless job for police officers, period, but specifically for men and women of color protecting and serving.”

― John David Washington

“I was ignorant before I did my research of a lot of African American police officers out there who are doing their job and doing it the right way.”

― John David Washington

“While we must condemn any misuse of their authority, let’s not forget that, by far, police are fulfilling their duty to protect and serve.”

― John Fleming

“Wrongful convictions happen every week in every state in this country. And they happen for all the same reasons. Sloppy police work. Eyewitness identification is the most – is the worst type almost. Because it’s wrong about half the time. Think about that.”

― John Grisham

“I don’t think there’s any reason on Earth why people should have access to automatic and semiautomatic weapons unless they’re in the military or in the police.”

― John Howard

“People misunderstand what a police state is. It isn’t a country where the police strut around in jackboots; it’s a country where the police can do anything they like. Similarly, a security state is one in which the security establishment can do anything it likes.”

― John Lanchester

“If you have a problem, the NYPD is the greatest police force to the world.”

― John Layfield

“In the remaining months, we should focus on achieving more robust international involvement in training of Iraqi soldiers, police officers, judges, teachers, and doctors – all key elements needed to end the sectarian and civil conflict and build Iraq’s future.”

― John Olver

“I don’t want my kids going through what I went through – police stopping you, searching you and all that malarkey.”

― John O’Neill

“Authority can be faked. That’s why impersonating a police officer is a crime. Sometimes the outward appearances of authority can be deceiving.”

― John Ortberg

“I went back to the States and started at a small newspaper in Riverside County, California, covering the police; I was making $280 a week covering the police.”

― John Pomfret

“And across Afghanistan, every single day, Afghan soldiers, Afghan police and ISAF troops are serving shoulder-to-shoulder in some very difficult situations. And our engagement with them, our shoulder-to-shoulder relationship with them, our conduct of operations with them every single day defines the real relationship.”

― John R. Allen

“The wild open-market theory that died in 1929 had a run of just over thirty years. Communism, a complete melding of religious, economic, and global theories, stretched to seventy years in Russia and forty-five years in central Europe, thanks precisely to the intensive use of military and police force.”

― John Ralston Saul

“When teachers try to teach, nurses try to nurse, small businesses try to serve their clients and the police try to arrest criminals, there is always a regulator or three breathing down their necks. Conservatives want to make people’s lives easier.”

― John Redwood

“You learn that you either are going to have a police state where you don’t have any freedom left, or you’re going to build a world that doesn’t create terrorists – and that means a whole different way of ‘getting along.’”

― John Shelby Spong

“The police had already found the cartridges and the rifles and the bag in the Texas School Depository and within a half an hour, those facts were known.”

― John Sherman Cooper

“Of course I’ve had a bunch of broken bones, sprains and I’ve had five or six concussions, with three serious ones. I also got a real heavy duty blood clot and internal bleeding from where I was shot in the stomach with a beanbag bullet that the police use for crowd control. I’ve also had six stitches in my head.”

― Johnny Knoxville

“I met Sable when she was 15 and I was 18. I sent her home to New York while we carried on the tour. When we got back the police were looking for her at the airport and everywhere!”

― Johnny Thunders

“In my opinion, the only people who should have handguns are the police.”

― Johnny Van Zant

“I am firmly of the view we should keep the police out of politics in Britain, or we risk going the way of American politics, where the Whitewater investigation lasted virtually the whole of the two terms of the Clinton administration but turned up nothing.”

― Jonathan Powell

“On one occasion in 1987 the security police came looking for me because of a drawing that I’d published.”

― Jonathan Shapiro

“I just – I come from a very little town where the militarization of the police force is a very real issue.”

― Jonathan Van Ness

“I think the majority of police are really good people and really good at their jobs, but that doesn’t change the fact that with any interaction I have with them, I’m viewed as a potential threat.”

― Jordan Peele

“Laws are getting passed in states like Alabama that basically would punish American citizens who are ‘harboring’ people. Since the federal government hasn’t been able to muster or to get comprehensive immigration reform passed, states are taking it upon themselves to police and enforce laws.”

― Jose Antonio Vargas

“How can I make a movie about the violence of the police if the police aren’t going to let me film it?”

― Jose Padilha

“We knew that if the photos of CIA officers conducting authorized EIT (enhanced interrogation techniques) ever got out, the difference between a legal, authorized, necessary, and safe program and the mindless actions of some MPs (military police) would be buried by the impact of the images.”

― Jose Rodriguez

“The Onion Field, that one got pretty close to me because I was a cop when it happened. I saw some of the indifference that my police department showed to the surviving officer.”

― Joseph Wambaugh

“Nothing escapes the vigilance of the New South Wales police; their reputation is known the world over.”

― Joshua Slocum

“Where did the world come from? The question has an answer, even though I cannot get to it. It is a good question. It is like a crime that has not been solved. There is an answer, even if police do not know it.”

― Jostein Gaarder

“To be sure, police do a dangerous job and take tremendous personal risks to safeguard the public. Most officers just want to do their jobs and go home alive.”

― Joy Reid

“The criminal justice system in the United States is designed to do two things really well: to railroad black and brown bodies into prison, and to keep police officers out of it.”

― Joy Reid

“A major loss by a Democratic prosecutor at the hands of the BLM movement could alter the political landscape in a way that might actually change the way prosecutors, and ultimately police departments, operate.”

― Joy Reid

“The only people in my whole life that have ever called me Edward are the police because it’s on my license.”

― Judge Reinhold

“Unless you work in HR, it’s not your responsibility to necessarily police and monitor workplace conversation.”

― Judy Smith

“I got family members that’s police officers. I don’t got no problem if you a cop, as long as y’all doing y’all job, and y’all not harassing.”

― Juice Wrld

“I enjoyed being a police officer; I enjoyed the investigations.”

― Julia Pierson

“When I first joined the Secret Service in 1983, I was right out of college, having spent the last two or three years of my college experience working as a police officer for the city of Orlando, Florida.”

― Julia Pierson

“The corruption in reporting starts very early. It’s like the police reporting on the police.”

― Julian Assange

“I’ve heard many reports of police attending scenes of domestic violence where they’ve had to turn off music and televisions and radios. Noise tends to drive us a bit crazy.”

― Julian Treasure

“She’s in a situation she tried to, that’s what’s complicated. She followed orders; she called off the raid. This is a dangerous situation. Somebody in DC police went ahead and started.”

― Julianne Moore

“Instead of the international police action we had hoped for during the war in Kosovo, there are wars again – conducted with state-of-the-art technology, but still in the old style.”

― Jurgen Habermas

“Universities are not places where police can come and arrest people. Let the children have a discourse as they want to. They will learn as they move on in life. But to target individuals and institutions is dangerous.”

― Kapil Sibal

“Offence is no longer defence – it’s a full-time profession. Everyone is so offended all the time. The new police force that we weren’t told about: the moral police. No qualifications, no training, no understanding of actual morality, but they have a degree in the art of being offended.”

― Karan Johar

“Not only are police officers often taken for granted, many people are highly vocal about their dislike for cops.”

― Karen Salmansohn

“Southerners have this love of embellishment. Even when you read a police report, there’s some backstory.”

― Karin Slaughter

“Police are not all bad guys. Nobody is all bad guys.”

― Karl A. Menninger

“Scandal begins when the police put a stop to it.”

― Karl Kraus

“Everything is new about ‘Siruthai.’ This is the first time I’m playing a dual role – a thief and a police officer!”

― Karthi

“It’s very important to play a police role convincingly. It ups you in your career. Even ‘Siruthai,’ in which I played a cop in one of the roles, was a gamechanger.”

― Karthi

“The police who did our training said ‘Happy Valley’ is one of the only police programmes they can watch and not burst out laughing, saying, ‘As if you’d do that.’ They think it’s really authentic.”

― Katherine Kelly

“I’m not an investigative journalist; I don’t track crime or police blotters.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“I originally worked as an archaeologist in North Carolina, and when bones were found police would take them out to the bones lady at the university, and that was me.”

― Kathy Reichs

“I had a dream, when I was little, to become a police officer and a crime investigator.”

― Katia Winter

“I think it’s fun to serve comfort food because it’s an instant ice-breaker. If somebody’s expecting fancy food, and you whip out some fried chicken, they feel like, you know, they can put their elbows on the table, and the etiquette police aren’t going to come out.”

― Katie Lee

“As a child, I’ve always been in trouble with men and the police have always had to get involved, through no fault of my own.”

― Katie Price

“’Moral police’ is my new word. I am very against the media doing moral policing, giving opinions on actor’s lives. Media should not become moral police; they should just report.”

― Katrina Kaif

“My parents covered police pursuits, and it was, in many ways, the beginnings of reality show TV in this captivating story that was a lot of flash but not all that much substance.”

― Katy Tur

“I know how young black men are seen. They’re boys – scared little boys, oftentimes. I was one of them. I was completely afraid of the Los Angeles Police Department.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“The United States’ job is not to police the whole world.”

― Keith Ellison

“I know a lot of police officers who are on the force to do the right thing to protect people. But how can you deny this pattern, this disturbing pattern, Alton Sterling, Mr. Castile in my own community, Philando Castile, but then Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland?”

― Keith Ellison

“Let me be clear about this. I don’t have a drug problem. I have a police problem.”

― Keith Richards

“I’ve never had a problem with drugs. I’ve had problems with the police.”

― Keith Richards

“There are so many things going on in this world that are unbelievable. A lot of gun violence and police brutality.”

― Kemba Walker

“I hear a creak in my house, and I’m calling the police immediately, but at the same time, I do know that when I call them, I’m going to make sure to say, ‘I’m a black guy, and this is my house.’”

― Kenya Barris

“Our communities will become more – not less – dangerous when local police officers are pulled from their duties to arrest otherwise law-abiding maids, busboys, and day laborers for immigration violations.”

― Kevin de Leon

“Police chiefs know a thing or two about public safety.”

― Kevin de Leon

“Drafting local police into Trump’s immigration crackdown undermines public safety and is a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.”

― Kevin de Leon

“Protecting Americans from harm goes beyond police and national defense. It’s imperative that we not destroy the commons, the physical environment on which we rely.”

― Kevin O’Leary

“The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.”

― Killer Mike

“That’s libertarians for you – anarchists who want police protection from their slaves.”

― Kim Stanley Robinson

“I feel very sorry for the one or two North Korean defectors who were caught by Chinese police while entering South Korean or foreign embassies in Beijing, but their arrest drew the whole attention of the world.”

― Kim Young-sam

“Police violence against black women is very real.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“When you ask people to name victims of police brutality, for the most part, nobody will give you a woman’s name.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“When we advocate for violence against women to be eliminated on campuses, we say, ‘Well, actually, it’s not just on campuses we have to worry about.’ We might have to worry about high schools. We might have to worry about police precincts and cars. We might have to worry about public housing.”

― Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

“It used to be that a fellow went on the police force when everything else failed, but today he goes in the advertising game.”

― Kin Hubbard

“I joined the Indian Police Service as a tough woman, a woman with indefatigable stamina, because I used to run for my tennis titles, etc.”

― Kiran Bedi

“The Draft Model Police Act of 2006, as part of police reforms, provided for Special Security Zones to be created in the red corridor, which is a common development area. That means bringing together diverse political components but working through a coordinated bureaucracy.”

― Kiran Bedi

“I’m not necessarily in a vocation where I’m at risk; it’s not like I’m a police officer. I’m a musician, so when I leave home, my family expects me to come back.”

― Kristian Bush

“I’m quite investigative. Believe it or not, my mum and dad were in the police, and I sort of like to read into things and stuff.”

― Kristian Nairn

“This is the problem with the United States: there’s no leadership. A leader would say, ‘Police brutality is an oxymoron. There are no brutal police. The minute you become brutal you’re no longer police.’ So, what, we’re not dealing with police. We’re dealing with a federally authorized gang.”

― KRS-One

“Society questions the police and their methods, and the police say, Do you want the criminals off the street or not?”

― Kurt Russell

“I’m tired of living in a police state.”

― L. Neil Smith

“As soon as I go out into the world, I belong, in a way, to everyone else. It’s legal to follow me. It’s legal to stalk me at the beach. And I can’t call the police or ask them to leave.”

― Lady Gaga

“I have a special interest in children who have lost a parent or loved one in the line of duty as they served their country as a police officer, firefighter, federal agent or member of the military, but children all over the word need help and an opportunity to flourish.”

― Larry Wilcox

“The fact that we live in a world where black people have to strategize so they’re not brutalized by police is insane.”

― Larry Wilmore

“Prosecution I have managed to avoid; but I have been arrested, charged in a police court, have refused to be bound over, and thereupon have been unconditionally released – to my great regret; for I have always wanted to know what going to prison was like.”

― Laurence Housman

“Where I grew up – I grew up on the north side of Akron, lived in the projects. So those scared and lonely nights – that’s every night. You hear a lot of police sirens, you hear a lot of gunfire. Things that you don’t want your kids to hear growing up.”

― LeBron James

“Communism in Cuba will collapse sooner or later because you can’t control the free flow of information. Communism prevents organizations from developing by stopping the flow of information. The system is based on police and listening devices and triggers the worst characteristics in humans.”

― Lech Walesa

“In order to cry out for my black brothers, I had to hate the police.”

― Lecrae

“My mother, my relatives, and closest friends have risked their lives in the area of law enforcement and corrections, so I never have and never will say, ‘I hate police.’”

― Lecrae

“I did my best to hide by changing my name many times. But I was captured by the Chinese police. But because my Chinese was so good, they thought I was Chinese and released me. That was a miracle.”

― Lee Hyeon-seo

“I became politicised in my mid teens, at the time of ska and 2 Tone and the Anti-Nazi League, when I’d get dressed up for a night out in my white socks and loafers, and the last thing I’d hear is, ‘Have a good night – be careful of the police.’”

― Lennie James

“When I was growing up and watching ‘The Sweeney,’ the notion of police officers being an inch away from the villains that they’re chasing was commonplace.”

― Lennie James

“California always struck me as a police state.”

― Leon Russell

“The right to personal privacy is precious. Without it, we are all potential victims for a prying secret police.”

― Lewis B. Smedes

“There’s a lot of talk now about the PC police, and ‘why is everything bad?’ It isn’t. What it is, is that marginalized and oppressed people who have never had a soapbox, who have never been given a microphone, suddenly have a microphone.”

― Lexi Alexander

“Years ago, when my attempts at a writing career came to a complete stand-still, I applied to the Los Angeles Police Department. This might seem odd for a liberal woman who once went to UC Santa Cruz, but I’ve always had a powerful fascination with crime and serious interest in finding different ways to contend with it.”

― Lisa Lutz

“I’ve never been given a ticket by a police man.”

― Lisa Vanderpump

“For those of us in the opposition movement under dictatorships, part of our job is confronting police and spending time in prison. So, a dissident not only needs to learn how to oppose oppression but also how to face the crackdowns and time in prison.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“I have no enemies and no hatred. None of the police who monitored, arrested, and interrogated me, none of the prosecutors who indicted me, and none of the judges who judged me are my enemies.”

― Liu Xiaobo

“Criminal conduct by police officers, federal agents, and their confederates cannot be tolerated and will be met with the full force of the law.”

― Loretta Lynch

“Police can’t be successful if they’re not viewed as legitimate by the community, and a community will not be safe if the police are not engaged in a respectful, constitutional partnership with the community.”

― Lori Lightfoot

“Police departments, since the start of the history of this country, have been used to enforce unconstitutional laws that were designed to discriminate against communities of color and particularly African Americans.”

― Lori Lightfoot

“Our kids’ lives depend upon keeping them safe. That has to be a fundamental duty and responsibility for me as mayor. That means we have to continue hard but necessary work of bridging the divide between police and communities they serve.”

― Lori Lightfoot

“Throughout college and law school, as well as in my career as a lawyer and police reform advocate, I’ve faced various toxic combinations of racism, sexism, and homophobia.”

― Lori Lightfoot

“I played Simone, the French tutor for the daughter of a rich Manhattan couple, who goes to a costume ball as Marie Antoinette. While everyone else in ‘CSI’ races around in police gear, I had to wear a ballgown and bustle and two wigs. It was very heavy on the make-up side.”

― Louise Linton

“We’d all survive if Twitter shut down for a short while during major riots. Social media isn’t any more important than a train station, a road or a bus service. We don’t worry about police temporarily closing those. Common sense. If riot info and fear is spreading by Facebook and Twitter, shut them off for an hour or two, then restore.”

― Louise Mensch

“Radio interoperability is essential for our police, fire, and emergency medical service departments to communicate with each other in times of emergency.”

― Lucille Roybal-Allard

“The federal government should not be an accessory to the unconstitutional actions of the Arizona state government. By continuing to work with Arizona police departments operating under SB 1070, the Department is implicitly condoning the shameful tactics authorized by the new law.”

― Lucille Roybal-Allard

“On Tuesday 26 July 2011, I was arrested in front of the White House along with a dozen other pro-immigrant advocates and clergy. We sat down on the sidewalk in front of the White House with a banner that read ‘One Million Deported Under President Obama’ and refused to move when the police ordered us to.”

― Luis Gutierrez

“I just thought it would be awesome to become a lawyer, especially being from a neighborhood seeing the police rough up so many people unnecessarily, people who haven’t done nothing. Growing up with kids from dysfunctional families and stuff, I just felt that some kind of difference could be done. And now I’m getting to do it with music instead.”

― Lukas Forchhammer

“When you get frisked by the police at the age of 10, and they empty your schoolbag out in the street and kick your books around and calling you names because of where you live, you just get an anger towards everyone who is outside of your neighborhood.”

― Lukas Forchhammer

“I talked to General Downer about some of the funding about the National Guard and some of the civil defense workers, the firefighters, the police officers, and the way that FEMA is making them spend that money. We have got a problem there.”

― Lynn Westmoreland

“What I’m really praying is that we, as a people, understand that we are interdependent upon each other. We don’t want police to leave; we want policing in our world. But I think that people aren’t comfortable with each other.”

― Lynn Whitfield

“I know that sometimes we, as Americans, we reach outside of our means, and every once in a while we like to ‘police the world,’ but I think we do a lot of good as well.”

― M. Shadows

“While I was writing ‘Stick Out Your Tongue’ in Beijing, the police began knocking on my door again. As soon as I finished the book, I moved to Hong Kong so that I could work undisturbed on my next novel.”

― Ma Jian

“In the eyes of the world, Malaysia has become a pariah state, a state where anyone can be hauled up and questioned by the police, detained, and charged through abusing laws of the country.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“After spending time with police officers on ride-alongs, meeting with politicians on the state and federal level and grass roots organizations fighting for human rights, it’s clear that our criminal justice system is still crippling communities of color through mass incarceration.”

― Malcolm Jenkins

“We are demanding police transparency and accountability so we can build trust and work together to make our communities safer.”

― Malcolm Jenkins

“I remember my dad always complaining about getting pulled over. I remember the differences in school systems. I remember seeing police officers, not knowing their names, and knowing that they were there not to protect us, not to serve us, but to watch us.”

― Malcolm Jenkins

“If you are working in the Hindi film industry, you cannot escape playing a police guy more than three times.”

― Manoj Bajpayee

“I want police to be protected.”

― Marc Veasey

“I just put myself in a hotel and was smoking coke for a while. Then I met up with the wrong people. I ended up getting in a hassle. I had to call the police and get myself arrested or get attacked, ripped off and got to jail. So I called the cops on them and myself.”

― Marc Wallice

“In too many ways, Ohio is being run for the benefit of those who have already made it, and too many of our friends and neighbors are being left behind. Nowhere is this more evident than in the cuts to police officers, firefighters, nurses, teachers, and to our local schools, while property and sales taxes are going up.”

― Marcia Fudge

“If a bully wants to beat you up, you have the choice of running away or standing your ground. In our society, we have police forces who try to control bullies, sometimes by force.”

― Margaret MacMillan

“Chemists employed by the police can do remarkable things with blood. They can weave it into a rope to hang a man.”

― Margery Allingham

“I’m not the comedy police, but you watch a movie, and everyone’s laughing, and then you shake it out, and you realize, ‘There’s no joke there!’”

― Maria Semple

“You see people in the left lane, and as long as they are on the speed limit, they stay there. Get in the right lane and let people pass you – let the police worry about somebody who wants to speed. Don’t force them pass in the right lane and zig zag, which can create an accident, just because you think you’re correct.”

― Mario Andretti

“The mugger who is arrested is back on the street before the police officer, but the person mugged may not be back on the street for a long time, if ever.”

― Mario Cuomo

“I promise you a police car on every sidewalk.”

― Marion Barry

“Yes. I did more research than I ever wanted to and saw some things I wish I didn’t. I went on ride-alongs, spent time with Homicide, Cold Case, and SVU detectives, hung out in subways learning how to spot pervs and pick-pockets, viewed an autopsy, went to a police firing range, and witnessed court cases and I read, read, read.”

― Mariska Hargitay

“One can only guess the amount of magic mushrooms a sane person would have to consume to believe that a frisbee constituted a genuine threat to roughly 3,000 police officers.”

― Mark Thomas

“Growing up, I think I was arrested 20-odd times by the Boston police. The good news is that I’ve been able to use those experiences in a lot of my roles, and that has been a blessing.”

― Mark Wahlberg

“The German police were actually after me when I was first in Stoke. They had put pictures of my face on the trees in Bremen and said: ‘Find this guy.’ They said I had an €80 fine to pay or something. But I spoke to my lawyer and I didn’t owe anything.”

― Marko Arnautovic

“How do you know love is gone? If you said that you would be there at seven and you get there by nine, and he or she has not called the police yet – it’s gone.”

― Marlene Dietrich

“A parent being called to the school because their child had misbehaved was as serious as a parent being called to the police station because their child had robbed a bank.”

― Martin Lewis Perl

“We can’t expect Wall Street to police itself – that’s why we have a federal government.”

― Martin O’Malley

“Well, Mr. Speaker, if so many of these Iraqis are ready to come up and to provide the security, the police work in the country, then surely there should be no problem with putting American forces into the background instead of having them up front.”

― Marty Meehan

“On a royal birthday every house must fly a flag, or the owner would be dragged to a police station and be fined twenty-five rubles.”

― Mary Antin

“When you have police officers who abuse citizens, you erode public confidence in law enforcement. That makes the job of good police officers unsafe.”

― Mary Frances Berry

“When George Hirsch ran the New York City Marathon in 1976, the first year the course snaked through all five boroughs, the event was a lean affair. He and two thousand others dodged wayward bicycles and pedestrians on the streets, with little help from an anemic police presence.”

― Mary Pilon

“HATE, even if it’s making money. is an underground movie, that’s how it was made. It’s a film about police brutality in the largest sense, it’s about the whole of society and not just about the hood.”

― Mathieu Kassovitz

“In France they spend six months training policemen, then they give them a gun and put them on the streets, and I don’t know that that’s enough. The film’s not against the police – although I think that if someone wants to be a cop there’s got to be a problem.”

― Mathieu Kassovitz

“We’re a country that allowed waterboarding and indefinite detention, and we’re a country where the NYPD Intelligence Division has police files on what Muslims think of the State of the Union address.”

― Matt Apuzzo

“Kneeling for the anthem does nothing to advance solutions to racial injustice, police brutality, or any other social plight. It is a slap in the face to patriotism itself. It is a statement that America as a country is no longer worth standing for.”

― Matt Gaetz

“Police boxes, tweed blazers and bow ties feel quite English, but I think that is one of his virtues, one of the strengths of ‘Doctor Who.’”

― Matt Smith

“Public-sector union organisers have told me about how firefighters, police officers, and nurses can no longer afford to live in the cities they serve and protect.”

― Matthew Desmond

“We all must make hatemongers unwelcome in our towns and communities. And we must stand by the heroes in this struggle, the police and county prosecutors who stand up to the extremists.”

― Max Baucus

“There are all sorts of ways of murdering a person or at least his soul, and that’s something no police in the world can spot.”

― Max Frisch

“Protestantism has actually put a man in the position of a country governed by secret police. The spy and eavesdropper, ‘conscience,’ watches over every motion of the mind, and all thought and action is for it a ‘matter of conscience,’ i.e. police business.”

― Max Stirner

“You have someone like Colin or many of the other athletes who have knelt, especially athletes of colour, and if you’re not respecting what they’re saying, if you’re not believing their charges of police brutality or racial inequality, you’re saying that they’re lying.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“My most embarrassing moment was when I was a student at Tufts University and decided to go ‘streaking’ with a group of girls in the middle of January. Somehow I lost them and ended up being chased by the campus police.”

― Meredith Vieira

“I completely disagree with the idea of eliminating ICE. We should not eliminate ICE: it’s like saying we should eliminate the police force.”

― Michael Avenatti

“My father was a sergeant with the Connecticut state police. My mother was a hairstylist.”

― Michael Bergin

“I went into journalism to learn the craft of writing and to get close to the world I wanted to write about – police and criminals, the criminal justice system.”

― Michael Connelly

“The LAPD, like most police departments, is a male-dominated bureaucracy. A woman faces a lot of pushback.”

― Michael Connelly

“I was a police reporter, so I got into the worlds that I write about, and I think many of the details in my books come from those days.”

― Michael Connelly

“Every place in the country you should get a license that shows you know how to safely store it, keep it away from your children or grandchildren. You should have to license it so the police can trace it if it’s used in a crime.”

― Michael D. Barnes

“The gun dealer is not only paying these two police officers, but more importantly, the gun dealer has said he will never again sell more than one gun to a customer. This is exactly what we’re trying to get the gun industry across the country to do.”

― Michael D. Barnes

“We’re trying to publicize this one and make people realize that the gun industry can clean up its act and can operate in a way that can reduce the likelihood of guns killing police officers and other innocent people.”

― Michael D. Barnes

“I do not believe in people owning guns. Guns should be owned only by the police and military. I am going to do everything I can to disarm this state.”

― Michael Dukakis

“There is no reason for anyone in this country, anyone except a police officer or a military person, to buy, to own, to have, to use a handgun… and the only way to do that is to change the Constitution.”

― Michael Gartner

“Communism may be over as an economic system, but as a model of state domination, it is very much alive in the People’s Republic of China and in Putin’s police state.”

― Michael Ignatieff

“’Detroit 1-8-7′ – the numbers are police slang for murder – is filmed in that blue-collar Michigan city, providing a flavor of authenticity. Detroit offers a unique visual landscape that tells the story of the city and what it’s been through.”

― Michael Imperioli

“’Police Story’ had some of the best writing on television, and one reason for that is because most of the scripts were based on real cases.”

― Michael Mann

“Since 9/11, the Bush administration has used that tragic event as a justification to rip up our constitution and our civil liberties. And I honestly believe that one or two 9/11s, and martial law will be declared in our country and we’re inching towards a police state.”

― Michael Moore

“Throughout the United States, at the dawn of the Progressive era, dozens of laws and regulations were established to empower police officers, public-health officials, and even the armed forces to vaccinate at will, and, if necessary, at gunpoint.”

― Michael Specter

“I have a coffee mug that my dad gave me years ago that has the San Mateo police logo and my dad’s name on it, so I brought it to set and used it in a scene. I mean, you don’t see it, it’s not prominently featured, but I just wanted that connectivity.”

― Michael Trucco

“Police work was fascinating, and I didn’t imagine that acting was something a kid from San Mateo, California, could really pursue.”

― Michael Trucco

“This non-proletarianised plebs has been racialist when it has been colonialist; it has been nationalist – chauvinist – when it has been armed; and it has been fascist when it has become the police force.These ideological effects on the plebs have been uncontestable and profound.”

― Michel Foucault

“The fact that our legal system has become so tolerant of police lying indicates how corrupted our criminal justice system has become by declarations of war, ‘get tough’ mantras, and a seemingly insatiable appetite for locking up and locking out the poorest and darkest among us.”

― Michelle Alexander

“The U.S. Supreme Court has eviscerated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures, giving the police license to sweep communities, to conduct ‘stop and frisk’ operations.”

― Michelle Alexander

“Our nation has slashed budgets for education, job training, economic development, and drug treatment while investing billions in prisons and militarized police. A penal system unprecedented in world history has been born. Millions have been arrested and stripped of basic civil and human rights.”

― Michelle Alexander

“Thousands of people plead guilty to crimes every year in the United States because they know that the odds of a jury’s believing their word over a police officer’s are slim to none.”

― Michelle Alexander

“Exposing police lying is difficult largely because it is rare for the police to admit their own lies or to acknowledge the lies of other officers. This reluctance derives partly from the code of silence that governs police practice and from the ways in which the system of mass incarceration is structured to reward dishonesty.”

― Michelle Alexander

“Almost no one refuses the police when confronted on the street or in a train or plane or train station. When you’re confronted by the police, very few – either the foolish or the very brave – will refuse consent when confronted by the police.”

― Michelle Alexander

“I no longer believe that we can ‘fix’ the police, as though the police are anything other than a mirror reflecting back to us the true nature of our democracy.”

― Michelle Alexander

“We cannot ‘fix’ the police without a revolution of values and radical change to the basic structure of our society.”

― Michelle Alexander

“In this era of mass incarceration, the police shouldn’t be trusted any more than any other witness, perhaps less so.”

― Michelle Alexander

“There has been an outpouring of anger and concern because of the actions of George Zimmerman, a private citizen who profiled a young boy and pursued him and tried to confront him, perhaps. But what George Zimmerman did is no different than what police officers do every day as a matter of standard operating procedure.”

― Michelle Alexander

“I have spent years representing victims of racial profiling and police brutality and investigating patterns of drug law enforcement in poor communities of color – and attempting to help people who have been released from prison attempting to ‘re-enter’ into a society that never seemed to have much use to them in the first place.”

― Michelle Alexander

“What we’re dealing with is institutional, and unless systems are put into place that will ensure accountability, we can expect racially biased police practices to continue.”

― Michelle Alexander

“The New York City police department is more representative of the city it serves than most law firms, university faculties, and media companies.”

― Mike Barnicle

“There’s no book to figure out how not to become a victim of police brutality.”

― Mike Colter

“Security is a component of everyday life that one spending time in Washington, D.C., gets accustomed to. Metal detectors, police vehicle barriers and heavily-armed police officers become strangely commonplace after awhile.”

― Mike Crapo

“Let me get this straight: I can’t defend the military because I didn’t serve. So does that mean I can’t support police officers or firefighters because I’ve never been one? How about teachers? Can I support them since I’ve never taught a class before?”

― Mike Gallagher

“If a police officer is looking for a criminal, he or she might stop a number of people in that particular area and ask to see their driver’s license. No one bellyaches about civil rights or privacy issues. We’re just happy the cops are trying to find the bad guy.”

― Mike Gallagher

“If any person – white, black, brown or yellow – objects to having a police officer potentially ask them for their ID, it makes me wonder what that person is trying to hide.”

― Mike Gallagher

“I still believe that at any time the no-talent police will come and arrest me.”

― Mike Myers

“You could make a case for job creation or education, police on the street, but none of those things can happen unless we got our financial house in order.”

― Mike Quigley

“I like to listen to the Police, Sting, Queen, Pet Shop Boys.”

― Mike Will Made It

“The vast majority of the online crime cases, we don’t even know which continent the attacks are coming from. And even if we are able to find online criminals, quite often there is no outcome. The local police don’t act, or if they do, there’s not enough evidence, or for some reason we can’t take them down.”

― Mikko Hypponen

“Black Lives Matter is the ultimate divisive movement. They aren’t shy about what they don’t like, which is western civilization, capitalism, and the rule of law. They really dislike the police, and certainly get the credit for the war between black men and police.”

― Milo Yiannopoulos

“When we got to the hotel, the Hawaiian Village, there were 500 screaming women there. The police were trying to keep the crowd back. It was very dangerous.”

― Minnie Pearl

“When I say, ‘I am supporting the police or the army,’ I am talking about the army in general and the police in general. In general, those institutions are good institutions.”

― Mohammed Morsi

“There’s this tendency to be held in great esteem if you are judgmental. A sort of moral policing, being opinionated. What right has one to act like judges? What right has one to police another?”

― Mohanlal

“I have lived in Kentucky all of my life. I am married to my high school sweetheart, David, a local police captain who has no shame in telling his coworkers that he is the inspiration for all of my heroes.”

― Molly Harper

“A source of embarrassment for Libyans, Gadhafi has never been a joke: disappearances, a police state, zero freedom of expression, and poverty for at least a third of the population of country tremendously wealthy thanks to oil.”

― Mona Eltahawy

“Pray for someone else’s child, your pastor, the military, the police officers, the firemen, the teachers, the government. There’s no end to the ways that you can intervene on behalf of others through prayer.”

― Monica Johnson

“Even the police have an unlisted number.”

― Morey Amsterdam

“I know L.A. well, but it’s a police state.”

― Morrissey

“We should have solved the current insecurity in the Northeast and South by now. Are the states able to shoulder the burden of the police? You cannot just give someone guns and ammunition, train him, and refuse to pay him.”

― Muhammadu Buhari

“It’s very hard to be a family man, a father, a husband, an independent wrestler, and a police officer.”

― Mustafa Ali

“There were days I’d wrestle at 9 o’clock, and afterward, I often didn’t shower and would just throw on sweatpants. I had my police gear in the car and would rush to get to the station by 10:30, clean myself off as best I could, and be ready for my shift by 10:59.”

― Mustafa Ali

“It’s hard out here for a fantasy writer, after all; there’s all these ‘rules’ I’m supposed to follow, or the Fantasy Police might come and make me do hard labor in the Cold Iron Mines.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“I was raised to be very wary of the police. I was raised to stay away from them unless you absolutely have to. Because they’re dangerous.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“The police and the army do their job honestly and sincerely. They are devoted to the country.”

― Nana Patekar

“A police force, wherever they are, is made up of amazing people, and I respect them a great deal.”

― Nancy McKeon

“I have the highest regard for the police forces.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“The government’s only functions are to protect the rights of the individual; therefore, you need a police force and an army.”

― Neil Peart

“The average career span for a TV writer is 11 years. The only other thing I could find that had the same career span was a police dog.”

― Nell Scovell

“I love speed. I love racing cars, whether it’s on the streets or wherever. Don’t tell the St. Louis police, though.”

― Nelly

“If they tell the police, the police will find out she was driving, and her career will be put into hell.”

― Nicholas Mosley

“You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.”

― Nick Hanauer

“When the acting all dries up, I won’t be going there – either to the police force or to the church. I’ll have to think of something else!”

― Nicola Walker

“I completely respect the job our police do.”

― Nicola Walker

“Let’s dig deep to build the kind of police force that our fatherland really deserves. We need a revolution of the police force here in Venezuela, and I will carry it out without delay, without excuses.”

― Nicolas Maduro

“I went on a date once with a police officer, unbeknownst to me. I thought he was a regular guy. And when I found out that he was a police officer… I wasn’t so into it. I got paranoid that I would illegally cross the street and get a ticket for jay walking.”

― Nina Dobrev

“The appropriate response to terrorist crimes is police work, which has been successful worldwide.”

― Noam Chomsky

“We shouldn’t need riot police at schools.”

― Noel Gallagher

“What do you mean you have my children at the police station? Why are my kids at the police station?”

― O. J. Simpson

“What we are oftentimes reminding people of is the fact that the history of police in the U.S. was that they were slave patrols. They were quite literally created in order to capture enslaved Africans.”

― Opal Tometi

“Police cannot be allowed to continue aggressive, violent, and often unconstitutional policing with impunity.”

― Opal Tometi

“Despite claims that there are good and bad cops, we know that the system is failing everyone – including the police.”

― Opal Tometi

“Some of us have held the hands of friends or brothers as they struggled with military and police academy recruiters, and though many of them never dreamed of being policemen, a lack of opportunities led them to those positions.”

― Opal Tometi

“We have to start imagining a new reality – this will mean fewer police and more social workers and teachers. This will mean creating more economic possibilities and investment that preserves and does not displace our communities.”

― Opal Tometi

“The more democratic and open a society is, the more it’s exposed to terrorism. The more a country is free, not governed by a police regime, the more it risks hijackings or massacres like the ones that took place for many years in Italy and Germany and other parts of Europe.”

― Oriana Fallaci

“Mysteries include so many things: the noir novel, espionage novel, private eye novels, thrillers, police procedurals. But the pure detective story is where there’s a detective and a criminal who’s committed a murder and leaves clues for the detective and the careful reader to find.”

― Otto Penzler

“The military has been tremendously important in the past during catastrophes and in protecting the population. But it shouldn’t become an auxiliary police force.”

― Otto Schily

“Incidentally, our railroad facilities are under video surveillance by the federal police. However, the federal and state governments will have to determine whether video surveillance shouldn’t be significantly expanded to a certain degree.”

― Otto Schily

“Nevertheless, I do know that we are part of a danger zone, we have military operations in Afghanistan and we’re training the Iraqi police force. The terrorists also have us in their sights.”

― Otto Schily

“Two successive commissioners in London police were fired by the mayor that came into office. That doesn’t mean the police in London is not independent and does not exercise powers. Ultimately it is the political executive that has to answer.”

― P. Chidambaram

“The police force cannot be completely independent of the executive government.”

― P. Chidambaram

“Police can only act on intelligence.”

― P. Chidambaram

“Soldiers are not policemen, and it’s very unfair, even for those soldiers who have some police training, to burden them with police duties. It’s not what they’re trained for, or equipped for.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“While there are many wonderful police investigators out there doing some very fine work, the majority of the time it is not brains that catches serial killers.”

― Pat Brown

“Most well-known serial killers have victims numbering in the dozens, have sent taunting letters to the police or have done bizarre things to the bodies.”

― Pat Brown

“Police are reluctant to label a murder as a possible serial homicide.”

― Pat Brown

“In South Africa, being Chinese meant I wasn’t white and I wasn’t black. I trained in Baragwanath Hospital, the largest black hospital in South Africa. That was around 1976, the time of the Soweto Uprising, when police fired on children and students who were protesting. I was part of the group of interns who volunteered to treat them.”

― Patrick Soon-Shiong

“Local law enforcement agencies, national police authorities, and other state-operated surveillance has created a hostile environment for communities at the margins.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“Through Black Lives Matter and social media, we’ve been able to have a really challenging discussion with America about police and how much it is investing in policing.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“If Inigo Montoya were around now, he wouldn’t need to storm the castle to bring his father’s murderer to justice; the police would do it for him, and fewer people would have to die.”

― Paul Bloom

“There are 40,000 Iraqi police on duty around the country. If they detect an attack about to happen, the police are the ones who are supposed to stop it.”

― Paul Bremer

“The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and CSIS have provided extraordinary co-operation, as I mentioned earlier.”

― Paul Cellucci

“We are very grateful for what the Ontario provincial government is doing, and for cooperation from provincial and local police forces all across Canada.”

― Paul Cellucci

“First of all I thought it was ugly, I thought it was ridiculous that undercover police guys would drive a striped tomato and I’ve never been a big champion of Ford.”

― Paul Michael Glaser

“My literature is much more the result of a paradox than that of an implacable logic, typical of police novels. The paradox is the tension that exists in my soul.”

― Paulo Coelho

“I just went to your typical public schools, and my dad would take us to the movies every week, or he’d buy scalped tickets to San Antonio Spurs games. I remember I was four or five years old and my parents, who were very young, took us to see The Police in Austin, and Iggy Pop opened.”

― Pedro Pascal

“Our neighborhoods are safer when there is trust between communities and the police who are in charge of protecting them.”

― Pete Buttigieg

“The Anarchists set off World War I with a gunshot in Sarajevo – but they faded away. It wasn’t that the police drove them out of business. The ideology had nowhere to go except into permanent negativity.”

― Pete Hamill

“In one notorious episode in 2002, in the holy city of Mecca, the religious police prevented girls from fleeing a school that was on fire because they were not properly dressed.”

― Peter Bergen

“Along came a police lieutenant named Columbo, and my life would never be the same.”

― Peter Falk

“What is the point of the police if wrongdoers aren’t afraid of them?”

― Peter Hitchens

“Terrorists are overjoyed when we shut down our freedoms and turn ourselves into a police state and when we retaliate, swatting the Middle East with useless bombs or rounding up the wrong suspects and locking them up without charge.”

― Peter Hitchens

“There’s a really classic cliche every time you switch the TV on – you see cops arguing. I have spent a day a week for many years in the presence of police and I have never seen them argue. It’s a military hierarchy. They do what they’re told. There’s no bickering.”

― Peter James

“I think the police are a major part of the glue that holds civilised life together. They’re not highly paid.”

― Peter James

“The police feel that most of the public are against them and that there is a lot of bad feeling.”

― Peter James

“I know there are some good American police. But I grew up in a country where we were afraid of the police.”

― Peter Sis

“The book grew out of the introduction I did for Brady’s Gates of Janus. I knew that the writing in that introduction had a better than average chance of being read by people involved in Brady’s life – parents of victims, police, Brady himself.”

― Peter Sotos

“Michael Brown was a criminal who had robbed a convenience store and then attempted to kill Police Officer Darren Wilson. Michael Brown never raised his hands above his head and never tried to surrender. He was killed in self-defense by Officer Wilson after Brown first attempted to take the officer’s weapon away and then charged at him.”

― Peter T. King

“The feminist movement is way bigger than the word. I don’t police people on what they call themselves, but equality and a general sense of togetherness are really important to me.”

― Petra Collins

“Notre Dame and Sydney – that was nothing. Notre Dame doesn’t have a police station; it is not 1,000 or so feet high. It was a public structure, very easy to access. And Sydney Harbour Bridge was half-and-half: a bridge, in the middle of the night. The World Trade Center was the end of the world. Electronic devices, police dogs.”

― Philippe Petit

“The police in Punjab has been politicised; it has become a wing of the Akali Dal.”

― Preneet Kaur

“Our police officers are on the front line of a battle to maintain control of our streets.”

― Priti Patel

“I want the country to be proud of our police.”

― Priti Patel

“However low a man sinks he never reaches the level of the police.”

― Quentin Crisp

“It is one thing to train officers on fighting crime. It is a whole other thing to train them to build friendships and relationships, which are integral to fighting crime. This takes time, effort, and patience on the part of police officers.”

― Rahm Emanuel

“The overwhelming number of police officers in Chicago are doing good work under difficult conditions. They put their lives on the line every day in situations none of us can fully comprehend or appreciate.”

― Rahm Emanuel

“As big a problem as gun violence is for Chicago, it is not beyond our ability to solve. Ending this string of tragedies is our top priority as a city. We are infusing our police department with the manpower, technology and training to meet this challenge head on.”

― Rahm Emanuel

“Representative Willis has introduced a bill, modeled after a Chicago law, to hold gun stores accountable for flooding our streets with weapons. Thousands of guns recovered by the Chicago Police Department can be traced back to just a handful of stores.”

― Rahm Emanuel

“When I talk to Chicagoans who live in our most violence-prone neighborhoods, they do not hate the police. In fact, they tell me they want more cops and fewer gangs. They do not want more officers in cars just driving through their communities. They want officers on the beat in their neighborhoods.”

― Rahm Emanuel

“Fighting crime requires a partnership between the police and the community. And we all know that this partnership has been tested in Chicago. It is a problem that has festered in this city for decades.”

― Rahm Emanuel

“In millions of encounters each year between the police and the public, it may be too much to expect that every officer will always get it right. But it is not too much to expect that we can put the right safeguards in place to hold officers accountable when they get it wrong.”

― Rahm Emanuel

“Who will protect the public when the police violate the law?”

― Ramsey Clark

“Most police officers are good cops and good people.”

― Rand Paul

“I think the over-militarization of local police forces is also true of the over-militarization of the federal government, so I don’t really run and hide from the comment that I think there are 48 federal agencies that have SWAT teams.”

― Rand Paul

“I believe that most police are conscientious and want only to provide safety for us.”

― Rand Paul

“There is a legitimate role for the police to keep the peace, but there should be a difference between a police response and a military response.”

― Rand Paul

“Washington has incentivized the militarization of local police precincts by using federal dollars to help municipal governments build what are essentially small armies – where police departments compete to acquire military gear that goes far beyond what most of Americans think of as law enforcement.”

― Rand Paul

“When police or security personnel work in schools, they should follow the community policing model that integrates officers into school life, not just involve them when trouble arises.”

― Randi Weingarten

“One of my favorite outfits is one I picked up on a trip to Chandigarh. I’ve worn it once and am skeptical about wearing it again in spite of loving it so much, thanks to the ‘fashion police’ who won’t wait a second to splash it out in the papers or feature me in the ‘same to same’ blog.”

― Raveena Tandon

“What is the obsession with not repeating clothes or making appearances that have been similar to the one’s we’ve made in the past? Why is the fashion police so intense? What do they expect from us? What kind of pressure is this?”

― Raveena Tandon

“In New York City we have the biggest police force in the country. We have 35,000 uniformed officers. We’re able to mass officers in significant numbers if we had to.”

― Raymond Kelly

“I do not know of a Chinese blogger who has gone to jail, but I know several who have had their blogs shut down. I also know some Chinese bloggers who have received threatening phone calls from police warning them to ‘be careful.’ In some cases, they stopped blogging for a while.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“It’s much easier to force intermediary communications and Internet companies such as Google to police themselves and their users than the alternatives: sending cops after everybody who attempts a risque or politically sensitive search, getting parents and teachers to do their jobs, or chasing down the origin of every offending link.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car.”

― Reese Witherspoon

“I couldn’t be a police officer. It’s a very difficult job to put your life in the face of danger for someone else, and that is extremely selfless. To now vilify cops is not really the way I think it should be looked at.”

― Reginald VelJohnson

“Clearly it is better that, when someone is wanted by the international police, and this person travels, and a country knows about it, that country reports the fact.”

― Ricardo Lagos

“I wouldn’t want to have the thought police going to people’s homes, dictating what they teach their children. I don’t want to be Big Brotherish. I would hate that.”

― Richard Dawkins

“There was an insurgency under President Hosni Mubarak in the 1990s. Egyptian police and soldiers fought weekly battles with Islamists in the sugarcane fields and thick reeds along the Nile in rural southern villages like Minya, Sohag, Enna and Assiout.”

― Richard Engel

“Under a decades-old agreement, Palestinian refugee camps are supposed to administer and police themselves. Lebanese troops are technically not allowed to enter them.”

― Richard Engel

“There weren’t many weapons in Egypt in the 1990s. Police controls on guns were very strict back then. That is no longer the case in Egypt today.”

― Richard Engel

“The police are not here to create disorder, they’re here to preserve disorder.”

― Richard J. Daley

“Along the borders to Ethiopia and Somalia, anarchy reigns, the police and military have retreated quite some distance.”

― Richard Leakey

“I’m the one who gets called up about a problem. I’m the one who gets called up about the street lighting and the abandoned car. I’m the one who gets blamed if the police don’t arrive. I’m the one they blame if a city truck is broken down.”

― Richard M. Daley

“Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces.”

― Richard Perle

“When I was growing up, I did not exercise at all. I was raised in the French Quarter in New Orleans. If I saw someone running, I would call the police because I thought they stole something on Royal Street.”

― Richard Simmons

“In the U.S., you even lose legal rights if you store your data in a company’s machines instead of your own. The police need to present you with a search warrant to get your data from you; but if they are stored in a company’s server, the police can get it without showing you anything. They may not even have to give the company a search warrant.”

― Richard Stallman

“In the US, you even lose legal rights if you store your data in a company’s machines instead of your own. The police need to present you with a search warrant to get your data from you; but if they are stored in a company’s server, the police can get it without showing you anything.”

― Richard Stallman

“Having spent all that time getting away from South Africa, running away from the army, I wanted very much to believe that America and England were actually as free as they were meant to be, not slipping rapidly into becoming police states like the one I’d just left.”

― Richard Stanley

“Hitler had a police state of the first order. And those who showed any sign of being weak-kneed faced prison or often summary execution. That prevented a lot of people who knew that the war was not going to turn out well for Germany from giving up.”

― Rick Atkinson

“The Obama administration made it illegal for me to loan any money to anyone in the military. I have one compliance guy just for a pawn shop. It’s everything from Homeland Security, FBI, the local police department, IRS – all these regulations I have to keep an eye on constantly, and it’s just overwhelming for a small business.”

― Rick Harrison

“I don’t understand it and haven’t understood in this world of technology: where every building has a camera, every ATM has a camera, why don’t we have cameras on police officers?”

― Rick Santelli

“I’ve never been in trouble with the police.”

― Ricky Williams

“In cop shows, the police don’t get to rag on each other and rag on their commander and rag on the person they just pulled over. That was all ‘Reno’ was, and I think that’s all cops do 90 percent of their day.”

― Robert Ben Garant

“The majority of information I gave police was about my wife and her family, which is what they wanted.”

― Robert Blake

“A diplomat had been kidnapped, a cabinet minister had been kidnapped, they were under threats of murder. The police forces were rather tired. After a whole week, we were unable to find those that had effected the kidnappings.”

― Robert Bourassa

“Quite a few of the dogs that come back from Afghanistan or Iraq or police dogs that are involved in violent confrontations where there’s gunfire can in fact exhibit the symptoms and suffer from PTSD.”

― Robert Crais

“My family was all police and hard hats at the refineries; they didn’t know what to think about me. So I became a closet writer.”

― Robert Crais

“All of us are citizens in a republic much larger than the Republic of America. It is the Republic of Letters, a realm of the mind that extends everywhere, without police, national boundaries, or disciplinary frontiers.”

― Robert Darnton

“People don’t know that the very reason the police were made was to oversee slaves; they would be called overseers, and if a slave got out of line or tried to break away and escape, these were the people to hold them in and bring them back.”

― Robert Glasper

“I lived in Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s. It was, for a Westerner, pretty idyllic. There were the religious police; there were the rules; there were the prayer times. But it was as if we were existing in two separate universes. The Westerners were just allowed to get on with their way of life.”

― Robert Lacey

“Marriage: A friendship recognized by the police.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“In the context of September 11, there were so many that lost their lives that – how do you single out one person? There were so many acts of heroism that day from so many people, whether it be firemen and police officers in New York and our agents also.”

― Robert Mueller

“I know when I was here prosecuting homicides in the District of Columbia, one of the most effective units here was the cold case squad, which had on it FBI agents, as well as Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives working together.”

― Robert Mueller

“We’ve prosecuted police, dozens of them over the years.”

― Robert P. McCulloch

“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”

― Robert Peel

“Radical conservatives want to police bedrooms.”

― Robert Reich

“Learning about crime in great detail forces us to ask ourselves how it happened, how the victims and perpetrators got to that point, how the law works, how the police force functions.”

― Robert Rinder

“I used to deal with high-profile criminal cases that were covered extensively in the media, and one of the things I quickly appreciated was there was a gulf between what really took place in the middle of a case, the impact on victims, the effect on the police and how they solved crimes, and the way it was reported.”

― Robert Rinder

“It is extremely hard to bring a claim for compensation against the police or the Crown Prosecution Service, even when a person has been charged with an offence and later cleared.”

― Robert Rinder

“If every person charged with a crime was allowed to claim money from the authorities when their case was dropped, our police would end up spending all their time defending claims for compensation.”

― Robert Rinder

“I play bad golf for good charities like the LA Police.”

― Robert Stack

“Natalie’s estate is handled by Global Icons, and they police the world so her picture isn’t on a T-shirt or coffee cup unless we approve of it.”

― Robert Wagner

“The key issue is not who is in charge but what. Russia’s problem is constitutional. There is no division of powers. The judges, the police, and the legislature all work for the same people, and there is essentially no trial by jury. As a result, anyone can be arrested and accused of anything, and conviction is almost guaranteed.”

― Robert Zubrin

“’Dream Police’ was in the can and ready to go when ‘Budokan’ started taking off worldwide, sales-wise.”

― Robin Zander

“I think we’ve got three that we have to play, and that would be ‘Surrender,’ ‘Dream Police’ and ‘I Want You to Want Me.’”

― Robin Zander

“We kind of forget because what television tends to do with these professions like lawyers and doctors and police officers, we create them on such a heroic level that you kind of forget that these are really people.”

― Rocky Carroll

“I was going nine times a week. You get to a point where you don’t really know who you are. You’re running on high octane, and you’ll take all comers in every arena because there was no police. Every arena, you’d take on everybody that would come in the ring.”

― Roddy Piper

“I realize I will always be the poster child for police brutality, but I can try to use that as a positive force for healing and restraint.”

― Rodney King

“I don’t have much faith… in the government police.”

― Roger Ver

“People call us heroes, but we are nothing compared to our police force and fire fighters and everybody who protects us and makes sure our freedom is held to the highest standard.”

― Roman Reigns

“How did we win the election in the year 2000? We talked about a humble foreign policy: No nation-building; don’t police the world. That’s conservative, it’s Republican, it’s pro-American – it follows the founding fathers. And, besides, it follows the Constitution.”

― Ron Paul

“When I was the detective at the Colorado Springs Police Department, in 1978, I launched an investigation into the Ku Klux Klan, a chapter that was forming and trying to expand, in my city.”

― Ron Stallworth

“I joined the police force with one motivation in mind: to become a high school PE teacher. After a year of working, I realized that a) I was making twice as much money as I would in the teaching profession, and b) I was having too much fun. I stuck it out for 32 years and no regrets.”

― Ron Stallworth

“We had a cop or two that were questionable, and probably they shouldn’t have been on the job, but they were. You have that: a police department reflects the community that it serves, and it’s going to have a bad apple or two, but when those bad apples are discovered, they need to be discarded as quickly as possible so the whole bureau doesn’t rot.”

― Ron Stallworth

“Congress should consult experts and consider alternatives and make 100% sure that any step it takes to police the Internet doesn’t change the Internet as we know it.”

― Ron Wyden

“But first, the news: The House of Commons was sealed off today after police chased an escaped lunatic through the front door during Prime Minister’s question time. A spokesman at Scotland Yard said it was like looking for a needle in a haystack.”

― Ronnie Barker

“The toilets at a local police station have been stolen. Police say they have nothing to go on.”

― Ronnie Barker

“I quit working in the police force full time only after I won my third Mr. Olympia.”

― Ronnie Coleman

“I remember turning onto the street. I saw barricades and police officers and, just, people everywhere. When I saw all of that, I immediately thought that it was Mardi Gras. I had no idea that they were here to keep me out of the school.”

― Ruby Bridges

“There are terrible, terrible memories of September 11th, things that I saw, people that I lost, the devastation, the identification of bodies. I mean, all these memories come back to you at different times. And then the other side of it this tremendous response with the firefighters and the police officers saving people, the rescue workers.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“Blacks commit murder eight times more per capita than any other group in our society. If I had put all of my police officers on Park Avenue and none in Harlem, thousands and thousands more blacks would’ve been killed during the eight years that I was mayor.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“America needs to be defended. We need missile defense to better police the skies over the United States.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“I probably saved more black lives as mayor of New York City than any mayor in the history of this city. And I did it by having to use police officers in black areas where there was an astounding amount of crime. If that crime was in white areas, police officers would be in white areas.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“The danger to a black child in America is not a white police officer. The danger is another black.”

― Rudy Giuliani

“Governments are out of control, irresponsible, never have enough money, never tighten their own belts, and when they are forced to, they always threaten to shut down police departments and teachers and all these things.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“In England, we have such good manners that if someone says something impolite, the police will get involved.”

― Russell Brand

“When police or prosecutors conceal significant exculpatory or impeaching material, we hold, it is ordinarily incumbent on the state to set the record straight.”

― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“Where blackmail is involved, telling the police is always a good option.”

― Ruth Rendell

“This is going to sound ridiculous, but I remember watching ‘Boyz n the Hood,’ and there is a scene where Cuba Gooding, Jr. gets pressed against a car by a police officer, and he starts crying because it’s so humiliating. I remember thinking in that moment that I could totally identify with him, and I’m a little white kid from Canada.”

― Ryan Gosling

“My father was a police officer before he retired. One of my brothers is also a police officer, and I think they kind of expected I would do something along those lines, like become a fireman or something.”

― Ryan Reynolds

“Probation is a less-well-known branch of our justice system, compared with, say, police and prisons, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Hundreds of thousands of offenders each year are rehabilitated back into society by probation, which is crucial for the public’s safety.”

― Sadiq Khan

“I want our police officers to have the resources and training they need to investigate hate crime fully, and to ensure we have neighborhood police teams that understand and reflect the communities they serve.”

― Sadiq Khan

“I had been pulled over quite a bit by police officers, especially in Santa Monica and Culver City.”

― Salim Akil

“Everybody loves ‘The Wire,’ and I think it’s okay, but in the end it’s just a police series.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I am always looking for stories that have not been told too much, and one story that I think is really gripping and important is what police officers go through.”

― Sam Jaeger

“International institutions are composed of governments. Governments control their own military forces and police.”

― Samantha Power

“Over the years, Western governments have been criticized for working with foreign police who have proved abusive or corrupt.”

― Samantha Power

“Whether you watch ‘Law and Order’ all the time or not, everyone knows what it looks like. Everyone knows what the courtroom looks like, what the police precinct looks like.”

― Samira Wiley

“I feel like when you have an unauthorized police badge and something that looks like it could be a concealed weapon in the small of your back that when you, someone crosses you, pisses you off, road rage, I think just the slight badge and the little moving away of the jacket and not losing eye contact does amazing things.”

― Sandra Bullock

“Surveillance has long been theorized as a way to control the surveilled – namely, by getting them to police themselves out of fear of being watched.”

― Sarah Jeong

“In 1953, the idea of a single female police recruit to the New York City Police Department, let alone a handful, was big news.”

― Sarah Weinman

“How can quality crime fiction not be produced with available subject matters as the Industrial Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the creation of organized police forces, the dawn of forensic science, and the rise and fall of Romanticism?”

― Sarah Weinman

“Joseph Wambaugh did not invent the police novel, but no one had seen anything like ‘The New Centurions’ when it was published in 1971. Here was a working, living, breathing cop with a decade of experience on the beat.”

― Sarah Weinman

“There’s a lot of hypocrisy and condescension in Israel’s institutionalized support for Mubarak’s tyrannical rule, in its backing of a corrupt leader who established a brutal secret police state to suppress his citizens and keep their mouths shut.”

― Sayed Kashua

“It’s expensive to police the world.”

― Scott DesJarlais

“Los Angeles for many years had operated with a police department that was far smaller than other police departments had in areas of comparable or larger size, New York and Chicago being the most obvious examples.”

― Scott Turow

“I think in the end the big issue is that the private sector still needs more help. And the answer is not more big government. I know in my state our reforms allowed us to protect firefighters, police officers, and teachers.”

― Scott Walker

“In 1975, no State or Church guidelines existed in the Republic of Ireland to assist those responding to an allegation of abuse against a minor. No training was given to priests, teachers, police officers or others who worked regularly with children about how to respond appropriately should such allegations be made.”

― Sean Brady

“I’m sick of watching ‘Blue Lives Matter’ supporters idly stand by any police officer simply because he wears blue, ignoring the facts that should make them cringe in disbelief and horror. Police brutality is systemic, not anecdotal.”

― Seph Lawless

“Don’t be in denial. Police misconduct is nothing new, but the technology we have to capture it is. Nearly everyone is now equipped with a smartphone with a camera, so these incidents are more readily caught on film.”

― Seph Lawless

“Police are supposed to protect and serve, but sadly, they protect their self-interest first and foremost.”

― Seph Lawless

“They cannot count on the press and they cannot count on Congressional committees to bring the problems of the scientific community to their own attention, or to police the scientific community.”

― Serge Lang

“Bush can talk about 100,000 people wanting to go work in the police or in the army. It’s because there’s nothing else for them to do. They’re willing to stand in line to get bombed because they want to take care of their family.”

― Seymour Hersh

“The Police, they were the guys that were like the gateway to the mainstream. In England, there was a very strong reggae movement that was going on. Anything that was happening in reggae happened out of England. They were brilliant. They could spot a sound that was cool, the ‘it’ sound.”

― Shaggy

“I love race car drivers, I love gymnastics, I love UFC, I love police officers, I love firefighters. I just try to give them the same enjoyment they give me.”

― Shaquille O’Neal

“I put a lot into it, and when I am done playing, I plan on going undercover and then being the sheriff or chief of police somewhere, either Miami or Orlando, I don’t know yet.”

― Shaquille O’Neal

“The way they were writing Christine as this older woman who got married, which she shouldn’t have. Obviously got divorced right away. Reached the glass ceiling in the police precinct. So there is a part of her that died because she knows she couldn’t go any farther.”

― Sharon Gless

“The casting of ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ is a dream. Anil Kapoor, as the sleazy TV host, diamonds winking in his earlobes, has never been better; the quietly understated Irrfan Khan turns in another bravura performance as the police inspector whose questioning brings out Jamal’s story.”

― Shashi Tharoor

“We loathe mass incarceration. We loathe police brutality. But most of us have absolutely no idea how to address the critical flaws in our justice system.”

― Shaun King

“It was my long-held belief that police brutality would increase under the Trump administration.”

― Shaun King

“Conservatives will fight hard to preserve the institutions of mass incarceration and police brutality. Because they don’t see themselves as victims of these things, but as benefactors, they will fight hard to preserve the status quo against a reform candidate.”

― Shaun King

“Anne Marie Schubert is one of the most horrible district attorneys in the state of California. She represents Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions. It’s no wonder she continuously refuses to hold the police accountable for violence against people of color.”

― Shaun King

“I became personal friends with Erica Garner and with so many other families affected by police violence.”

― Shaun King

“Over and over again, I looked family members who had lost loved ones to police violence, I looked them right in the eye and told them, ‘Don’t worry. We will get justice for your family.’”

― Shaun King

“Very few police officers are ever held accountable for even the most egregious shootings and acts of violence.”

― Shaun King

“Indiscriminate firing by police on people is absolute barbarism. Instead of solving their problems, the government is trying to suppress the people by force.”

― Sheikh Hasina

“My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place – police, firefighters and members of our armed forces.”

― Sidney Sheldon

“Lenin had just reflected that the revolution would never happen in his lifetime when in February 1917, hungry crowds in Petrograd overthrew Nicholas II while the revolutionaries were abroad, exiled, or infiltrated by the secret police.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“In 1918, a police chief of Jerusalem was a Montefiore.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“Believe it or not, some Western analysts in the 1930s insisted that Stalin was a ‘moderate,’ controlled by extremists like the secret police chief Nikolai Yezhov.”

― Simon Sebag Montefiore

“To call the police is a really big deal because you don’t snitch – that’s the culture you grow up in.”

― Sonja Sohn

“I know what it’s like to be afraid of the police. When you see a police officer, you don’t immediately feel safe. You wonder what you’ve done wrong and what could happen to you.”

― Stacy Brown-Philpot

“Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don’t know what’s going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that’s not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA.”

― Stanley Crouch

“I’ve been offered a lot of police series, but I’m very good at staying away from them. They’re usually based on such a boring formula.”

― Stellan Skarsgard

“When we started making ‘Selma,’ the Black Lives Matter movement didn’t exist. The parallels between Martin Luther King staging these marches, suffering police brutality… we weren’t even aware when making the film that these sorts of things would start to happen again in 2015.”

― Stephan James

“I’ve been mayor for five years. I’ve led a city. And directed a police department. I know how to use resources.”

― Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

“I tell people I’m on a diet. If somebody sees me with a muffin, they’ll think I’m off my diet. It’s like secret little police that I’ve made for myself.”

― Stephen Furst

“Discovering how to spend leisure time well, especially during a time of austerity, could be as important in the effort to reduce crime as having extra police on the streets, and increasing the population of concert halls may actually help decrease the population of prisons.”

― Stephen Hough

“Freddie Gray was a story I followed closer than others, for whatever reason, in this larger narrative of police brutality.”

― Stephen Malkmus

“There is insufficient support for the police and safety and law enforcement, in general, in the city council.”

― Steve Chabot

“I’ve heard it said that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. To that end, I think it’s worth noting that the very first police force in America was created as a ‘patrol’ to keep slave populations under control.”

― Steve Stoute

“If the Police could do a reunion… One of the biggest jerks I ever met was Sting. If he can do it, then anyone can do it. It’s not that big a deal. And the Eagles! They did it! They severely hated each other. It’s just rock and roll.”

― Steven Adler

“My politics were pretty anarchistic until 1969 when the Montreal police went on strike. Within hours, mayhem and rioting broke out and the Mounties had to be called in to restore order. It instilled in me that one’s convictions can be subjected to empirical test.”

― Steven Pinker

“A decent government with an effective, but not gratuitously violent, police force and a fair court system are essential. This deters and incapacitates psychopaths, bullies and hotheads – and if it earns the confidence of the people, they don’t have to become violent in self-defence.”

― Steven Pinker

“It is a lot harder now to be a police officer than what it used to be.”

― Steven Seagal

“In general, we as police officers – at least the good police officers – like to look at each situation case by case and always pay close attention to the spirit of the law rather than the letter of the law.”

― Steven Seagal

“I’ve been a police officer for over 20 years, and I’ve investigated murders and all kinds of different crimes.”

― Steven Seagal

“While my friends were busy listening to the Talking Heads, Police, and B-52s, I was busy teaching myself to program on the Atari.”

― Steven Sinofsky

“People are disappointed when they hear my American accent because they regard ‘The Police’ as an English band but I’ve clung to my American-ness all the way.”

― Stewart Copeland

“Every year Swedish society produces a new generation of threatened women who can testify to the lack of legal rights and the lukewarm interest shown by the police and other authorities.”

― Stieg Larsson

“I have been threatened occasionally. But that happens to everybody who is writing this kind of things. Threats will come without fail. It might happen to the most ‘innocent’ texts. If it gets too much we call the police.”

― Stieg Larsson

“I made two movies before The Police had a hit record: I did Quadrophenia and a film called Radio On.”

― Sting

“With Stewart International Airport located here, the New Windsor Police Department has an added responsibility to take anti-terrorism precautions while protecting our area.”

― Sue Kelly

“A lot of young policemen have told me that they saw ‘Singam’ and joined the police force because of that. Some tell me they saw the training process and want to be a cop like that.”

― Suriya

“If you think people are inherently good, you get rid of the police for 24 hours – see what happens.”

― Sylvester Stallone

“There’s most definitely a Davos bubble. You’re in a small Alpine town that, for just four days in January, sees its population tripled with world leaders, CEOs, media, police, the army… and a whole bunch of people who aren’t invited but just come to hang out.”

― Taavet Hinrikus

“Well, I don’t throw things. This particular night I brought one from the floor so to speak, and he ended up getting a cut over his head, and the police came, took him to another side of the hotel, and that was like September 6, 1981.”

― Tanya Tucker

“I always thought if I had a band it would have the energy and feel of early Police, since that’s where my roots are, and then the harmonies of the Eagles, and the technique of King Crimson or something like that. Fast, up-tempo, beat-the-hell-out-of-the-drums, because that’s my style. Energy, but sophistication, rhythmically and melodically.”

― Taylor Hawkins

“Punitive murder by the police and by vigilantes has existed in all societies at some point, and probably still exists in most.”

― Teju Cole

“I’ve always had a natural fear of the police, or abuse of their power.”

― Terrence Howard

“I got my head bashed in at a demonstration against the Vietnam War. Police were losing control because they were up against a world they really didn’t understand.”

― Terry Gilliam

“I shy away from showing cruelty on the page. A lot of the violence in my books actually happens off stage. The police come on to the scene after the event has occurred.”

― Tess Gerritsen

“We’re in this amazing frontier of transparency. WikiLeaks. Edward Snowden. ‘Westworld’ is reflecting that with these robots gaining consciousness. Them coming into consciousness is almost like us, human beings, coming into the truth of the fact that government is corrupt. Police are corrupt. Banks are corrupt. Etcetera, etcetera.”

― Thandie Newton

“Even when I was employed with the Punjab Police, I was into body-building.”

― The Great Khali

“The right place for a person suffering a mental health crisis is a bed, not a police cell. And the right people to look after them are medically trained professionals, not police officers.”

― Theresa May

“While we have come a long way, we must go further if we are to ensure greater diversity and truly modern police forces that reflect the communities they serve and provide police officers able to tackle not only traditional crime but also the changing face of crime.”

― Theresa May

“We are mandating forces to hold regular neighbourhood beat meetings. These meetings will give local people the chance to scrutinise the work of their local police.”

― Theresa May

“I am willing to consider powers which would ban known hooligans from rallies and marches and I will look into the powers the police already have to force the removal of face coverings and balaclavas.”

― Theresa May

“Well can I just make a point about the numbers because people talk a lot about police numbers as if police numbers are the holy grail. But actually what matters is what those police are doing. It’s about how those police are deployed.”

― Theresa May

“And it is crucial of course that chief constables are able to make decisions within their budgets about how they deploy their police officers to the greatest effect to ensure that they’re able to do the job that the public want them to do.”

― Theresa May

“We’re getting rid of bureaucracy, so that we’re releasing time for police officers to be crime fighters and not form writers.”

― Theresa May

“What we’re also doing is helping police forces in terms of issues like procurement and IT, so that savings can be made in those areas which I think is the sort of thing that everybody is going to want us to be doing.”

― Theresa May

“I believe it’s important that we ensure that the police have a modern and flexible workforce. I think that’s what is necessary, so that they can provide the public with the service that they want.”

― Theresa May

“People will be able to raise their concerns: what are local officers doing about the drug dealing in the local park? What’s happening about the pub where all the trouble is? And the police will have to respond.”

― Theresa May

“Today I can announce a raft of reforms that we estimate could save over 2.5 million police hours every year. That’s the equivalent of more than 1,200 police officer posts. These reforms are a watershed moment in policing. They show that we really mean business in busting bureaucracy.”

― Theresa May

“Just as the police review their operational tactics, so we in the Home Office will review the powers available to the police.”

― Theresa May

“If the police need more help to do their work, I will not hesitate in granting it to them.”

― Theresa May

“Obviously local people will have their local voice through the police and crime commissioners that they’ve elected to determine their local policing.”

― Theresa May

“Local people do want to see more police on the streets.”

― Theresa May

“Stop-and-search has the potential to cause immense resentment and honesty to the police, with all the implications that has for generating distrust and ending co-operation from the public, if it is not used fairly.”

― Theresa May

“Police reform is working, and crime is falling.”

― Theresa May

“Nobody wins when the police are sent to look after people suffering from mental health problems; vulnerable people don’t get the care they need and deserve, and the police can’t get on with the job they are trained to do.”

― Theresa May

“We will make the law clearer on parents’ liability for failing to prevent their child being subjected to FGM, and we are working to improve the police response.”

― Theresa May

“Shortly after the appointment of Britain’s first-ever female police constable with officials powers of arrest, the Home Office declared that women could not be sworn in as police officers because they were not deemed ‘proper persons’. It makes you wonder what those Home Office officials would say now to having a female Home Secretary.”

― Theresa May

“I think our police do an excellent job, day in and day out, working to keep us safe.”

― Theresa May

“Our manifesto to the British people promised to finish the job of police reform. And that is exactly what I intend to do.”

― Theresa May

“Initially, electronic music was anti-establishment, as punk rock and rock n’ roll were. The music was shut down; the police were against the parties.”

― Thomas Bangalter

“Being a good police officer is one of the most difficult, dangerous, idealistic jobs in the world.”

― Thomas Hauser

“Great powers reserve the right to police bad actors in their neighborhoods.”

― Thomas P.M. Barnett

“The web of influence which News Corporation spun in Britain, which effectively bent politicians, police and many others in public life to its will, amounted to a shadow state.”

― Thomas Watson, Jr.

“Surely the fact that a uniformed police officer is wearing his hair below his collar will make him no less identifiable as a policeman.”

― Thurgood Marshall

“No matter what the situation, I try to have fun. I get pulled over by the police, I’m like, ‘Oh, this going to be the best arrest ever.’ And I end up making friends with these police officers.”

― Tiffany Haddish

“Stephanie and I got married publicly on the beach, in front of friends and family, and the local police shut down the highway for us to cross the street back to my cousin’s house. Cars backed up for miles, and everybody in town cheered.”

― Tig Notaro

“There are a lot of lousy conferences that pander to sponsors. They end up creating an opportunity for boring speakers who are paid shills for their companies. We still get a few of those, but we really try to police it. Think about who the audience is and what works for them, and deliver high-quality content.”

― Tim O’Reilly

“Towards the end of the Lord Chamberlain’s era, when his hold was being loosened, private prosecutions began to happen. A member of staff at the Royal Court ordered to stop the play, and the police were brought in.”

― Timothy West

“The police belongs to the people and the people belong to the police.”

― Todor Zhivkov

“Police officers put the badge on every morning, not knowing for sure if they’ll come home at night to take it off.”

― Tom Cotton

“I’m a huge stadium rock fan, but I’m also a fan of everything from Massive Attack to Peter Gabriel, U2, the Police, Radiohead, and Coldplay.”

― Tom DeLonge

“I’m not one who wants to micromanage the Capitol Police whatsoever. However, if they see or feel that there are some greater opportunities to provide the same, if not better, safety and security for folks, I think Capitol Police should explore all those options – but not just focus that from a cost perspective.”

― Tom Graves

“So rather than face the bitter truth, China has placed severe restrictions on the Internet and enlisted America’s high-tech companies as their Internet police.”

― Tom Lantos

“What my parents taught me was that the hallmark of a thriving democracy was an effective and respectful police force.”

― Tom Perez

“’The Secret Agent,’ Joseph Conrad’s 1907 novel about an anarchist plot to blow up the Royal Observatory at Greenwich – in fact, a scheme by a secret police agent to stir up a government backlash – has acquired a kind of cult status as the classic novel for the post-9/11 age.”

― Tom Reiss

“We must transform the relationship between police and the communities they serve.”

― Tom Steyer

“One doesn’t want one’s democracy to behave like a dictatorial or fascistic police. One doesn’t.”

― Tom Stoppard

“I haven’t heard from Bobby since May when we had our conversation, but then this thing broke last week, where they arrested him, and we were watching what was going on on the whole deal, and I was actually flabbergasted, at what the then police chief Parks was saying.”

― Tommy Bond

“Religion is run by thought police. ‘Obey. Listen. This is what you do. Don’t ask questions. Go die for your country.’ The spirituality says, ‘Okay, you can die for your country, but know what you’re doing while you’re doing it.’”

― Tommy Chong

“Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.”

― Tommy Cooper

“Anywhere, anytime ordinary people are given the chance to choose, the choice is the same: freedom, not tyranny; democracy, not dictatorship; the rule of law, not the rule of the secret police.”

― Tony Blair

“Well I grew up in England, and I was in the London police.”

― Tony Greig

“I’m inspired by my master’s movie ‘Kerd ma lui,’ Bruce Lee’s ‘Fists of Fury,’ and Jackie Chan’s ‘Police Story.’”

― Tony Jaa

“I can’t think of a bigger waste of police time than chasing somebody who has said something offensive on Twitter.”

― Tony Parsons

“’Blackish’ is set in current times. So, doing a police brutality episode in current times when kids are watching our show, it gives them an access point to have these kinds of conversations as family.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“The reason I like the criminal justice system is there aren’t Republican or Democrat victims or police officers or prosecutors. It’s about respect for the rule of law!”

― Trey Gowdy

“I don’t have an issue with whether – from a legal standpoint, with whether or not government can impose the ultimate punishment on people. We do it in capital cases. Police officers shoot fleeing felons.”

― Trey Gowdy

“I am a military police officer and I have served on two deployments; my first was to Iraq, in a medical unit, and my second deployment was to Kuwait, as a military police platoon leader.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“Some Republicans are good, and some Republicans are bad. Some Democrats are good, and some Democrats are bad. There are good police, and there are bad police. There are good black people and bad black people. There are good white people and bad white people.”

― Tulsi Gabbard

“The whole reason behind my album ‘Free TC’ is seeing all that police brutality, injustice, mass incarceration.”

― Ty Dolla Sign

“I’ve physically seen profiling. I’ve seen me walking up the street with my friends, and the police officers get out of their car and bust the hell out of my friends. And they can’t do anything about it, and the cop gets back in his car and drives off.”

― Tyron Woodley

“I’ve had friends who have been beaten up by police officers who put phone books in their T-shirts and then beat them up, then drive off.”

― Tyron Woodley

“Why do the police need to know where I am? In the hands of a benevolent government, they could be looking after your interests, but what if the next government isn’t so benevolent?”

― Val McDermid

“The army should go back to their assigned duties, and police should take the responsibility of fighting the cartels.”

― Vicente Fox

“A journalist can make or break a case, in a way, because they can figure out things the police can’t, or they can destroy people’s lives.”

― Vicky McClure

“Prohibition, like so many other policies imposed from the moral high ground, typically by those who do not drink, disproportionately affects the poor who resort to illegally brewed alcohol when they want a drink, not infrequently leading to their death, and are more likely to be harassed by the police.”

― Vikram Patel

“In 2008, while I was shooting a TV show, a woman came all the way from Odisha to Baroda to meet me. It turned out she was newly married; she said she had run away and wanted to marry me! We had to call the local police, and it turned out her family had filed a missing person’s report.”

― Vikrant Massey

“I would first recommend we appoint a Police Director that commands the respect of the rank and file.”

― Vincent Frank

“Knife crime isn’t an issue that’s going to go away just because of repression and police action. Of course we need to support the forces, but it’s linked to prevention, and prevention often comes through education.”

― Vincent Kompany

“’CSI’ has not only remained a top-rated show through seven seasons; it has had real-world consequences. Police and prosecutors complain of a ‘CSI’ effect’ that leads juries to demand more physical evidence than they used to expect. College officials use the same term to describe spiking enrollment in forensic-science programs.”

― Virginia Postrel

“We want the police to be young, educated, and have a completely different outlook.”

― Vitali Klitschko

“As society becomes more and more complex, cheating will in many ways become progressively easier and easier to do and harder to police or even understand.”

― Vitalik Buterin

“Every single day, we have hundreds, if not thousands of police officers protecting the lives of not just New Yorkers, but the millions who come to New York City to work and to vacation.”

― Vito Fossella

“In 1995, Russia virtually gave Chechnya de facto statehood and independence even though, de jure, it didn’t recognize Chechnya as an independent state. And I would like to emphasize strongly that Russia withdrew all of its troops, we moved the prosecutors, we moved all the police, dismantled all the courts, completely, 100 percent.”

― Vladimir Putin

“At a certain point, we saw the police cracking down on the Occupy Wall Street activists. I won’t call the actions of police appropriate or inappropriate.”

― Vladimir Putin

“Military police is very timely for our army.”

― Vladimir Zhirinovsky

“Cops should not be separate from the black community or any community. Their salaries are paid for by the communities they police. They should be working for the communities they police. But as we saw in Ferguson, Missouri, they are not always doing that.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“In communities of color, such as Ferguson, it often feels like the police are protecting the white community from us instead of protecting our communities from the criminal element.”

― W. Kamau Bell

“I think that addiction is a very, very important thing that has to be treated, but has to be treated as a health problem and not as a police problem.”

― Wagner Moura

“I never saw anything more like real warfare in my life – only the attack was all on one side. The police, in spite of their numbers, apparently thought they could not cope with the crowd.”

― Walter Crane

“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict, we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace.”

― Walter Cronkite

“With police wielding unprecedented powers to invade privacy, tap phones and conduct searches seemingly at random, our civil liberties are in a very precarious condition.”

― Walter Cronkite

“We have to make a determination of what the minimum standards are for police, fire and emergency services in all of America’s major cities. Once we determine that, then we can decide what the funding is.”

― Warren Rudman

“When I was about 16, I got my ball taken off me by the police for playing in the street – which is pathetic really.”

― Wayne Rooney

“In 1974, when the city of Boston was desegregating its schools, I watched the news with my dad and saw the police escorts in riot gear, the protesters screaming at the buses, small frightened faces in their windows.”

― Wendell Pierce

“If I could police every other social platform in the world, I would.”

― Whitney Wolfe Herd

“The police chief of Hiroshima welcomed me eagerly as the first Allied correspondent to reach the city.”

― Wilfred Burchett

“You cannot police a community without effectively working with the community.”

― William Bratton

“Policing has to be done compassionately and consistently. You cannot police differently in Harlem than you’re policing downtown. The same laws must apply. The same procedures must be employed. Certain areas at certain times may have more significant crime and require more police presence or more assertiveness, but it has to be balanced.”

― William Bratton

“If an African-American or a recent immigrant – or anyone else, for that matter – can’t feel secure walking into a police station or up to a police officer to report a crime, because of a fear that they’re not going to be treated well, then everything else that we promise is on a shaky foundation.”

― William Bratton

“It’s an unfortunate fact that in the male black population, a very significant percentage of them, more so than whites or other minority candidates, because of convictions, prison records, are never going to be hired by a police department. That’s a reality. That’s not a byproduct of stop-and-frisk.”

― William Bratton

“Cops have been complaining about morale since police forces were created. I used to complain about it a lot when I was a young cop.”

― William Bratton

“Slavery, our country’s original sin, sat on a foundation codified by laws enforced by police, by slave-catchers.”

― William Bratton

“I’ve spent my life in the police profession, and I’m proud of that. But I am also very cognizant of the profession’s limitations, its potential for abuse, and its potential negative impact.”

― William Bratton

“I was still a recruit in the Boston Police Academy when I attended my first police funeral. It was September 28, 1970. I remember it still.”

― William Bratton

“An invitation to a wedding invokes more trouble than a summons to a police court.”

― William Feather

“When we talk about justice in America we’re really talking about justice brought about by the people, not by judges who are tools of the establishment or prosecutors who are are equally tools of the establishment or the wardens or the police officers.”

― William Kunstler

“A militarized police force facing down innocent protesters with sniper rifles and machine guns is totally unacceptable in America.”

― William Lacy Clay, Jr.

“I went to Ferguson and walked with the demonstrators and saw this heavily armed police force, tactical units pointing sniper rifles at my constituents who were there exercising their constitutional rights.”

― William Lacy Clay, Jr.

“I have absolutely no confidence in the Ferguson police, the county prosecutor.”

― William Lacy Clay, Jr.

“It’s an issue that we need to have a national discussion about, the militarization of local police forces, and then when they are used to quell peaceful demonstration. Then we have a problem, and especially around this entire case of the murder of Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson police officer.”

― William Lacy Clay, Jr.

“We have to have a national conversation about how police forces should interact with the African-American community, who happens to be paying their salary, who want to be served and protected, who these officers are take an oath to do so.”

― William Lacy Clay, Jr.

“No organization, whether it’s police or physicians or whatever, wants to have its errors held up to the light of day, but it’s wrong, as is coming out so well.”

― William P. Leahy

“I have never read horror, nor do I consider The Exorcist to be such, but rather as a suspenseful supernatural detective story, or paranormal police procedural.”

― William Peter Blatty

“Scientology is a model control system, a state in fact with its own courts, police, rewards and penalties.”

― William S. Burroughs

“After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it. I sure as hell wouldn’t want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.”

― William S. Burroughs

“A functioning police state needs no police.”

― William S. Burroughs

“I learned to deal with the police… to be tough… to survive.”

― Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

“I never had a problem with genre because a genre actually is like a uniform – you put yourself into a certain uniform. But if you dress up in a police officer’s uniform, it doesn’t mean that you are an officer; it can mean something else.”

― Wong Kar-wai

“There are 18,000 police agencies in this country. There’s no network requiring them to operate according to the same guidelines.”

― Wyatt Cenac

“Post-bifurcation, I raised my voice and sat on an indefinite fast in Guntur in October 2015. Eight days into the fast, I was forcibly evicted by the police on the pretext that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was coming to Amaravati.”

― Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy

“I’ve filmed a lot of my videos in Compton, but filming a movie, we really can’t do it because the police will come and shut you down.”

― YG

“I come from a rare place. It’s a different culture, different atmosphere, police crooked. Different emojis, and when I say emojis, I mean personalities.”

― YoungBoy Never Broke Again

“Actually I ran away from school when I was 13. No one could find me, and the police were called. I was just hiding in a little thicket of grass at my school, and went to sleep.”

― Zhang Ziyi
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