I've gotten asked this quite a bit the last few shifts by my citizens.
No, actually-- it's not. And I feel kind of ambivalent about that.
See, if I'm not busy with calls for service, then apparently, people aren't perceiving crimes to call in. When I don't have calls for service, I drive around looking for crime. And frankly, I've not been seeing much in my nice little town, the past couple of weeks.*
So basically, I'm bored, but that's a good thing. Because being bored means that everything's all right.
My last audiobook just ended, and night time radio sucks rocks right off the ground.
I feel kind of like a goalie on a really good team, who feels kind of bad about wishing that the other team could take a shot on his goal once in awhile.
*Note, too, that in numbers-driven evaluation, my P.D. can thus actually be seen as failing, when reviewed by our city council. See, the numbers of calls for service, tickets, and case reports are down, so we must be doing less work, right?
Or, we're actually doing our job on patrol, and the calls for service have dropped because we've actually prevented some crime.