I've met quite a few police officers in town and they are some of the coolest people I have ever talked to. An officer from the Anacortes PD paid a visit to my civics class in high school to provide some perspective into the life of a police officer, the processes and habits of criminals, and a lecture on how doing bad things can really begin to stack up, using a ladder analogy to explain the process ("the higher you go, the harder it is to get back down). All the while, he didn't sound at all like a ripoff version of Robocop or judge dress. The guy was not only easy to listen and talk to, but also HILARIOUS!
Needless to say, I trust the PD here, they're good people, willing to work with others WITHOUT having to resort to violence.