Those are not just code numbers on the radio beam, they're cries for help. People are being cheated, robbed, murdered, raped. And that goes on twenty-four hours a day every day of the year. And that's not exceptional, that's usual. It's the same in every city of the modern world. But suppose we had no police force, good or bad. Suppose we had ... just silence. Nobody to listen, nobody to answer. The battle's finished. The jungle wins. The predatory beasts take over.
Ben Maddow (1909–1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Huston (1906–1987). Police Commissioner Hardy (John McIntire), The Asphalt Jungle, illustrating the civil virtue of law enforcement to police reporters after the departmental crackdown following a notorious jewel heist (1950).