Last Updated on April 25, 2016 by RetiredAndAngry
According to Saturday’s Grauniad Her Regal Highness Theresa May has decided that volunteers can be given what she calls ‘Police Powers’ and used to investigate ‘Sex Crimes’ and ‘Terror Offences’. Since the staggering number of frontline officers that have left the Police Service since the beginning of ‘Reform’ the government are refusing to set limits on what these volunteers might actually be required to do.
Asked in the House of Commons last week whether their use would be limited in cases of child sexual exploitation, serious crime and counter-terrorism James Brokenshire revealed that no such limits would be set.
“Our consultation on the reform of the roles and powers of civilians and volunteers demonstrated the demand from forces for flexibility in how they deploy volunteer staff, and therefore we should not make assumptions about the operational areas where volunteers can make a contribution. These reforms will place the individual decision-making as to which personnel perform which roles firmly in the hands of chief officers, who have the professional expertise and local knowledge to know which powers are needed in their area.”
Or, in plain English, “Oh shit, we’ve got rid of too many experienced Police Officers and now the Forces can’t cope. We have to do something to make it look like Reform is working or we would lose face. Using volunteers fills that gap without government having to back-pedal”
To be clear I have no objection to the use of volunteers, in appropriate scenarios. I would suggest that these are NOT appropriate scenarios. Let these thousands of volunteers join the Specials. The Special Constabulary have done stirling work for decades, but this is not what Cruella is suggesting.
It isn’t that long since Gidiot was bollocked for his claim that he was, after all, going to protect the Police Budgets, when in reality there are cuts of £160 million looming, the equivalent of 3,200 officers over the next two years.
So, as I see it, Gidiot has got his figures wrong, Cruella has slashed and burned far too hard and now she’s trying to sell volunteers as the saviour of the day. You can put this right at any time, you just have to say the word and we can begin rebuilding the Police Service, but volunteers are not the way to go.
What do you think?