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To Serve And To Stigmatize?

The Los Angeles Police Department's motto "To Protect and to Serve" was etched into my mind while I was still a kid living on the other side of the country. You see, I'm of a certain television generation that grew up seeing these words emblazoned on the door of the police cruiser on the TV-series Adam 12. Long before Cops brought reality TV for a ride-along, each episode of Adam 12 depicted a dramatized version of a real-life LAPD incident report.
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