Just to de-obfuscate the language of this conversation, "proactive policing" is cop code for "opportunistic street harassment."
e.g., rolling up on a mother & her son
who are waiting in their car for shore work? That's proactive policing!
(Never mind that we tasered the kid and arrested them both for obstructing.)
e.g., detaining and questioning a guy
over the fact his key ring had a suspicious number of keys on it? That's proactive policing!
(Never mind that we beat the guy up and arrested him for assaulting an officer.)
e.g., detaining a guy using a legally-sized carving knife the carve a piece of wood? That's proactive policing!
(Never mind that we fatally shot him in the back for not putting the knife down fast enough.)
Prompt response to 911 service calls? Awesome, keep it up.
Providing calm, detached supervision when the anarchist kids roll in to make smashy-smashy on my ancient 1992 BMW? Awesome, keep it up.
Opportunistically stopping vulnerable-looking pedestrians on the thinnest of pretenses to shake them down for ID, run warrant checks, and conduct terry frisks? Thank you, SPD, for cutting down -- we didn't need it anyway.