Since 2010 we have lost approx 20,000 Police Officers from our streets.
The point has been (fairly) made that those numbers would not have prevented recent terrorist attacks. This is true. BUT those numbers give us hugely increased resilience and flexibility to deal with intelligence gathering, monitoring of suspects and dealing with the aftermath of an attack. Those EXTRA officers I have heard about are not extra at all. They are officers who have had their leaves cancelled or brought in from other boroughs, leaving them depleted.
The majority of our front line officers are unarmed, traditionally so. However the world is changing. Maybe it’s time to turn our backs on tradition and arm all Response Officers? Fortunately that’s not my decision.
It’s time to end the folly known known as Single Crewing, or Single Manning. All Response Vehicles should be Double Crewed (and Armed) in order to better deal with unexpected and fast-developing incidents such as London Bridge etc.
Chief Officers should stop trying to appease Theresa May and the Home Secretary. Policing is something that requires numbers in order to be done properly and effectively. Making your officers work 16 hour shifts just to cover up the lack of numbers is despicable. The officers will burn out and the public are being hoodwinked. Just tell the TRUTH. I am a member of the public, and I would much rather be told the reality in my neighbourhood, or Force area, than be fobbed off with lies and illusions.
Theresa May is quite right, enough is enough. I have had enough of these savage cuts to Policing. The problem is nowhere near as straightforward as Theresa May and her party would have us believe. They will only ever tell us part of the story. Backfilling and Abstractions are dirty words for them.
Finally, it is appropriate to pay tribute to the Police Officers of London, the other Emergency Services, and assorted Members of the Public who all showed immense bravery last night. Police Officers are hard-wired to run towards the danger and protect their community. Theresa May might not like it, but Policing is NOT a job, it is still, just about, a vocation. Like it or not, politicians cannot continue to treat them like footballs.
There IS a Crisis In Policing and it has been brought about by the policies and prejudices of David Cameron and Theresa May. It is time for all the psycophants to stand up to her and get this crisis reversed. It will take years to recruit and train the required number of officers, but you cannot Police on the cheap Mrs May.
Enough is Enough