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The noble burden of police work

Sun Tzu said it is better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.
Robert Peel, in his 7th of 9 Principles of Law Enforcement, wrote that "the police are the public and the public are the police".  Referring to that notion as having been a historic tradition of policing itself.
The knights of England, and many other countries, were trained in war and worked in other pursuits during peace time.
So what is, or what has become, modern day policing?
Is it viral videos of entire departments dancing or doing the newest online trend?  Is it that sneaky video a citizen took as an officer does some sort of mundane task for another like tying a tie or helping change a tire?  Is it officers running their department's twitter or social media feeds to inform the citizenry of traffic incidents, crime, or other things?  
Or is it more of what someone may deem as nefarious?
Is it that officer not properly using the authority given to them by the people they swore to serve?…