First off, mods, I apologize as this is not exactly suitable for The High Road. However, if you will let me leave this up for a day or two, I would greatly appreciate it. If not, I guess you can axe it..it's your house. I know there are a lot of intelligent, well spoken individuals on this board, both from the Law Enforcement world, and people who are vehemently opposed to law enforcement as we know it. For my Police Administration class, we have been tasked with writing a report on how we would overhaul the image and mentality of the South Carolina Highway Patrol. If you've been following news, South Carolina State Troopers have been recieving a lot of bad press lately. There are about a dozen videos showing various acts of police brutality and indiscretion. Examples are: A Trooper repeatedly poking a suspect in the back of the head (hard) with a shotgun barrel; three different Troopers bumping suspects fleeing on foot with the bumper of their patrol car (one even chased a suspect off-road through an apartment complex, where a mother had to snatch her child out of the way to avoid him being ran over); A Trooper running up and kicking a suspect in the head after suspect has surrendered and is lying on the ground (just like you'd kick a football off a tee), etc... Now I'm not looking for a cop-bashing fest. The offending officers are being prosecuted (as they should be) and the higher ups, including the SC Director of Public Safety, have been fired. But, how would you go about fixing this mess and improving Trooper/Public relations? Troopers have long acted like they were the most elite form of law enforcement in the state, and they can do whatever they want... how would you eradicate that mentality? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I'm not looking for anyone to do my work for me. But if you happen to have a quick, little idea you think would help, I will be in your debt. Thanks again.