Boris’s Mythical 20,000

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  1. Anthony Larlham says:

    As a retired and angry former Police Officer, I am aslo living in hope rather than expectation of 20,000 more officers. It is possible, but involves some hard choices involving the NPCC, & the tame PCCs who doing as their political masters wish. I and thousands of serving and retired officers would be at the front of the queue to rejoice when the recruits start rolling in. Now with some life limiting health issues, I am no longer fit enough to contribute, but there are plenty of capable recently retired or due to retire officers, who would be more than willing to assist in training candidates.

  2. Glenn Tomlinson says:

    Well said! The 20K soundbite has gained traction; but as we know, scratch the surface and you find that officer retention, the loss of civilian ‘back room’ staff who enabled officers to get back onto the streets quickly; together with the loss of infrastructure and resources ‘cannot be plucked out of thin air’. Just as significant is the loss of ‘institutional knowledge’, by which, I mean the sort of stuff we learnt from experienced officers, usually on Relief and Street Duties Courses, has also evaporated with the loss of so many experienced officers through ‘natural and unnatural wastage’ – and of course this wasn’t helped when the received wisdom of the Job was to pejoratively label anyone who knew what they were actually doing, in other words the good street cops and experienced CID officers, as a ‘Dinosaur’ and not to be listened to or trusted by the newbies coming into the Job. Having said that, my personal view is that Boris’ 20,000 police officers will just end up as another mirage from a man who cannot be trusted ‘to lie straight in bed’.

  1. August 7, 2019

    […] the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has pledged to put 20,000 officers back into Policing.  My personal view is that was merely a vote winning soundbite, and if he really means it he will have a much bigger problem than he thinks.  21, 000 officers, […]

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