Toe, they scare me too, and we all know the discriminatory leaps they make, not first because they think you're guilty but because you look poor or black or native or crazy or otherwise just not the right sort of person to them.
So they scare me too. We had this discussion a week or so ago somewhere at POGGE, and PLG said something like "We need them, even if we need to reform them." (He went on to say that he didn't see why we need the intel guys, and I would agree with that too.)
We do need the cops, though, and there are a lot of times they have to act on probabilities. I do wish the stupid war on drugs would end, though.