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Police have been writing down what they do and who they contact since police and pencils were invented. If a copper encounters a bunch of youths hanging around the back of a strip mall at 0300, I think it is reasonable that the community expect that s/he speak to them and jot down their particulars, even though no crime is apparent. That used to happen with much regularity, but because of abuses by some and the bureaucratic response, both the proactive contact and record-keeping is now much diminished in many jurisdictions.
L.A. Times of 13 March 1996, pp. B-1 & 3): A “distressed Mayor Richard Riordan...said it was vexing to learn that LAPD is now making 100,000 fewer arrests, issuing over 200,000 fewer citations, and conducting over 20,000 fewer field interviews per year.”
That was Los Angeles in 1996 - post Rodney King.
Not sure how that would compare to Canada as we approach 2022.