A new deputy joining Andy and Barney suggests their manner of enforcing the law is flawed. They aren't meeting quotas nor making arrests pertaining to certain ordinances. Barney, after quitting, asks for his job back, explaining his qualifications and insisting that law enforcement is not about numbers, it's about people.
Barney stands up for himself and his badge to the two farmers who have been illegally selling their produce after being told twice to leave. He talks about how his badge represents his duty to uphold the law.
As Bill Clinton entered office, he exceeded the tough on crime persona of his predecessors. He builds an infrastructure allowing for brutality, preverse incentives, and abuse by law enforcement with his 1994 crime bill.