So says Sara Thornton, top Johnny at the National Police Chiefs Council.
Well I’m not going to take up much of your time today, just a little bit longer than it takes to say “Bollocks”.
What I will concede is that it isn’t easy to quantify the amount of crime that a Police Officer prevents by their presence.
No fool, well not many, anyway, will commit a crime in the presence or vicinity of a Police Officer, so it is absolutely impossible to categorically state that a Police Officer on patrol does not prevent any crime. Their are no records of what crime would have been committed if a Police Officer had not passed by.
What is far more likely is a weak, pathetic attempt by Ms Thornton to justify cutting Police patrols. Let’s be honest, Theresa May and her colleagues are responsible for these reckless, totally foolhardy cuts. Stop making excuses for her, get on the same hymn sheet as most folk, and simply tell it like it is. I assure you, I’m not the only person in the country that wants people in power/authority too tell the simple, unbridled TRUTH.
So, Police Officers don’t prevent crime? Once again, because I can, I say Bollocks, one of my late Father’s favourite words, you wouldn’t want to hear the rest.
As a devout cynic I shuddered mightily when the announcement, followed by the reality, that we were going to (and have done) lose 17,500 Police Officers under Dave Camoron’s ‘Reforms’.
That was bad enough and I don’t need to go over old ground, we have all seen the reality, the constant ‘Crying Wolf’, Cuts do indeed have Consequences and we are seeing them. It was brought home to me JUST how bad things are this weekend, the Notting Hill Carnival. As an established veteran of that event dating back to the most awful events of 1976 I always take an interest in how it’s going.
6,000 officers on Sunday (traditionally Children’s Day) and 7,000 officers on Monday. Over 300 arrests across the 2 days, 44 arrests for Knife-related offences, and at least one if not two Police Officers stabbed. I heard a rumour (unsubstantiated I agree, but neither has it been denied) that the Met ran out of Custody space at 10.30 on Monday night. That is a disgraceful situation,. there must be dozens of redundant Custody Suites dotted around the Met in Stations that have not yet been sold off or closed down, but, oh yes, you need experienced officers to staff them.
Then, to compound my angst, I caught up with the predictions that we are set to lose anything up to 22,000 jobs, and this based on the lowest estimate of a 25% budget cut, it could be as much as 40%.
Several Chief Officers are now coming out of the woodwork to complain about the cuts, with few exceptions, we should have heard from them so much sooner.
In the midst of it all we have whiny, negative Sara Thornton, who I always thought was better than that, banging on about how we can’t cope, we’ll have to stop visiting burglary scenes, etc etc, instead of using her privileged position to properly fight back. Give them some stick Sara, what have you got to lose?
I should be used to negativity from senior officers by now, but it still doesn’t sit well, how can anybody follow a Chief Constable who is hell-bent on apologising and making excuses for problems caused by government?
It’s a good job I’m not a cynical man or I might think that the current furore in the press about Police Cars without sirens being used in a Response mode was designed to deflect public attention away from the bigger problem. That is a separate, and valid, argument/discussion in its own right, but basically caused solely by Camoron’s savage desire to ‘Reform’ the Police Service.
More and more people are beginning to notice that their politicians are lying to them (allegedly) and it is no duty of a politician of any colour to tell outright porkies.
Camoron, Cruella, Milky Bar – You are NOT Reforming the Police Service, you are ANNIHILATING it. Stick THAT in your Manifesto’
Surely it is time for ALL Chief Constables, NPCC, PCCs, Federations and PFEW to join forces and totally condemn these evil practices and show a united front for once. Is that so unreasonable?
The Peelian Principle that has been enshrined in Policing since 1829 is in danger of being cast aside by our illustrious Home Secretary.
It has long been mooted that the scale of cuts being recklessly imposed upon Policing by Call Me Dave and Mrs May is simply not sustainable. Panic ye not, salvation is at hand.
Sara Thornton, head of National Police Chiefs Council has the answer apparently.
In order to avoid putting too much stress on our already over-worked Police Officers (NOT sarcasm) they simply won’t pitch up to crimes such as vehicle crime and some burglaries.
Not turning up to a burglary (and other serious crimes) is quite simply inconceivable.
It seems that there has been a concession by some, if not all, of the Chiefs, that the Police simply cannot continue to do their job efficiently in face of the past and future cuts, so a solution has been put forward that will surely drive a wedge between the Police and the Public.
Not turning up at burglaries is guaranteed to make the Police unpopular.
Is this the latest chapter of the government’s determination to turn the Public against the Police with NPCC being a willing catalyst?
It certainly seems that way to me.
The answer is surely quite simple, the Police MUST have sufficient resources available to carry out their various functions efficiently.
There are billions of pounds available for foreign aid.
The government wastes millions, if not billions, of of pounds and nobody bats an eyelid.
There MUST be funding available to reverse the criminally reckless cuts, the truth is that it doesn’t suit Dave and Cruella’s purpose to use it.
Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain are some of the weakest economies in Europe. Do you see them decimating their Police Services? No, they need them more than ever.