In my privileged corner of the Washington, D.C. suburbs, we have more than our share of amateur police officers. There's the "anti dog-mess" vigilantes, the neighbors who check parking permits on my street, and the residents who monitor driver behavior at stop signs. "not enough to do" - a local friend observed. But the local obsession with petty crime is mirrored, and magnified, in the local media here.
Take the story of the Mom and Dad here who are taking on the authorities, who arrested them for letting their 10-year-old escort her 6-year-old sibling home from the playground, a mile or so away from their home. Child Protective Services were alerted by a concerned local resident.