We have all viewed at least one film/movie/video/series that depicted metallic police officers in a dystopian (or utopian, take your pick) future.
As the link points out we are already building said pieces of hardware and the software to run them. Assuming we begin to mass-release robots that are stronger than humans, faster, and make logical decision (rather than making decisions out of fear and nervousness like human officers) as police officers, how would the economy of the western world react?
To be clear, we are not scrapping human officers, just supplementing their ranks with metallic "helpers" so to say.
The robotic police officers are being added to the police force by the govt. The goals are:
1.) Intimidate criminals
2.) Capture political opposition as "terrorists"
3.) Help end the incrimination of police officers by having a camera and trailing human officers.
The robots can be deployed with non-lethal weapons and are capable of running 50 mph and lifting 500 lbs on average, although there are several models that vary in stats.
The capturing of political dissidents is reserved for people who can be shown to be terrorists. Media is still free and there is still freedom of speech. During riots, however these rights are all revoked and anything the govt. does is officially legal.