I disagree that this is all that much of a bad thing. I prefer to imagine the gentle fiction that the cops are public servants out to improve the conditions of our civilization. If they’re all stick and no carrot, then they become pure weapons.
Let 'em rescue the odd stranded kitten, for Pete’s sake. Encourage them to give directions to lost tourists. Empower them to be seen as helpful and community-minded assets as they twirl their batons and waddle whistling down the sidewalk. Maybe then we’d be more inclined to help them nab a purse-snatcher rather than sticking a surreptitious toe in front of their jackbooted feet sending them sprawling on the pavement while the malefactor gets away.
Maybe if we encouraged them to be more innocuous toward the citizens they’re sworn to protect and serve, we’d like them more. As it is, making them into single-use tools isn’t making them too popular.