So many stories I’ve read on JWN shows that the policing the flock is alive and well. Elders come after faders, especially if they are suspected of the dreaded A-word, the JW scarlet letter, A for Apostasy. If elders are gunning for a person, they will do whatever it takes.
My grandfather said that in the old days as an elder, they would follow people. He followed the Theocratic Ministry School conductor into a gay bar and found him holding hands with another man. He followed another person who was suspected of having an affair with his secretary, but they were never able to prove anything. Eventually, the Society instructed the elders, “Do not police the flock.” I’m not sure when this policy change was. However, I’d lay odds that it came about as a response to a lawsuit.
In my locality, people can fall of the grid, as it were. The elders don’t seem too motivated in coming after anyone, though I’m sure there are gung-ho elders who might. I might be proven wrong eventually if and when my time comes.
However, this is not a universal experience. I do wonder, could it differ in other countries? Maybe it differs from Branch to Branch? Zone to zone? Or maybe even District to District depending on the mood of the traveling overseer?