The Police have lost control of the streets. There, I’ve said it.
Not everywhere, of course, but cities mainly, London definitely, but it could apply literally anywhere.
It has been obvious for a while now but the government have just sat quietly and said nothing. Only that isn’t quite true is it? The government have said something. In 2014, i think it was, the then Home Secretary Theresa May instructed the Police to cut down on Stop and Search. Instructed. That must rank as the biggest political interference in Policing in modern times.
Various pretty graphs have been drawn over the years to try and make it look like the policy was working, but in reality Stop and Search fell off the cliff after 2014. Fewer people were getting stopped (all reasons) and fewer people were getting arrested as a result of those Stops. Mayor Khan’s office tried to make it look like the policy was working and that more people were being arrested, but they were just playing with percentages.
Knife crime up 21%
Robbery up 29%
Vehicle theft up 18%
With figures like these how can you pretend that we have control of our streets.? Are these are NATIONAL figures, not just London.
BBC News ran an item on Knife Crime in Tuesday’s evening News
I would go so far as to say that the government in general, and Theresa May in particular, are directly responsible for this state of affairs.
in 2010, under the direction of Theresa May, the Home Office embarked upon a systematic culling of the Police Service in the name of ‘Austerity’. I don’t think that anybody outside of the Palace of Westminster believes that one any more.
Theresa May cannot claim to be unaware of the effects of her vicious cuts, she has been told, often. However in 2015 she responded to this enlightenment like this
you warned that the police – and the public – were being put in danger in 2001, 2004 and 2007. The truth is that crime fell in each of those years, it’s fallen further since – and our country is safer than it has ever been…………
……….for your sake and for the thousands of police officers who work so hard every day – this crying wolf has to stop.
The country is safer than it has ever been? Try telling that to the parents of our dead children Mrs May. And many of them were just that, children. Crying Wolf? Safer? 4 young people in London lost their lives to knives on New Years Eve/Day alone.
How can you say such things? How can you now remain quiet?
Before I leave Knives and Stop & Search, a senior officer at Scotland Yard received a Knighthood this year on the back of a 70% reduction in Stop & Search. How is that justified in the light of the slaughter around us?
Moped Crime and Pursuits – before I make any comment all, I fully realise that pursuits in particular are a highly contentious, and current, topic. Any collision where an innocent member of the public is injured or, worse, killed is highly regrettable, and preferably avoided. However, the Police still have a job to do and sometimes that will involve pursuing vehicles. More often than not the officers will be unclear on why the driver has decided to make off from Police until it is stopped. Sometimes a collision will occur. Some times the driver of the car being pursued will exceed his/her capabilities and crash. Hopefully no innocent parties will be injured. HOWEVER, the driver of the car/moped etc being pursued ALWAYS has the option to STOP. This would result in him/her being arrested in a dignified manner with full recognition of the driver’s rights. Surely this outcome is preferable to risking death or injury? Many seem to think not.
Moped crime in London has absolutely rocketed although it is not an offence restricted to London alone. Once again, how can we claim to have control of the streets with crimes at these levels? I’m sure that somebody will let me know what the latest instructions are, but I’m absolutely certain that the Police Drivers dread being faced with the dilemma of stopping a moped.
Gun Crime – up 20%. Wether it be for an Armed Robbery, a Terrorist Attack or a simple Murder all of those firearms are carried through the streets at some point. Once again, how can we claim to be controlling the streets with a 20% increase in Gun Crime nationally?
Acid Attack – these also appear to be on the rise with a further 300 (approx) being reported in the first 6 months of 2017. Like firearms, these acid attacks are either committed in the street, or the acid is carried through the streets, once again casting doubt on our ability to claim control.
County Lines – A brief and basic description of how County Lines work is contained within the very short video below. Violence between gang members can be extreme, a recent dispute saw one male have his hand chopped off with a machete and both legs broken. Young children are used as Mules or Dealers including one young chap who operated in the vicinity of a school miles from his home but was wearing the school uniform of the school where he was operating.
Racism – an easy claim for observers and community ‘leaders’ such as Lee Jasper is that the Police are Racist. Maybe some are. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that out of 122,000 officers a few bad apples were Racist, but I am absolutely certain that the number is not large. According to Sir Robert Peel “The people are the Police and the Police are the people” (see below). This almost guarantees that in any given Police Force you will have some of everything, because the Police are drawn from the public, and the public consists of all types.
The seventh Peelian Principle is the one I refer to above, it simply states
7 – To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
So, no different to anybody else then.
The first Peelian Principle is the one we were all given to remember and repeat ‘parrot fashion’ during Initial Training. Paraphrased it says “The primary objective of an efficient Police is the prevention of crime………”, or as Peel had it
1 To prevent crime and disorder, as an alternative to their repression by military force and severity of legal punishment.
Which brings me to the end of this tome, which I hope you have found useful and not too dry. Number One – “To prevent Crime and Disorder”. With crime, or least certain types of crime undisputably rising, and Police Numbers undisputably falling, and the population constantly growing;
How do the Police Prevent Crime and Protect the Public?
Answers on a postcard please. There is a #CrisisInPolicing but there is NOT a #BottomlessBobbyBox. I heard tell recently of a Sergeant, in a large urban Force, who paraded 4 Constables (yes 4) and had 3 pages of Incidents to assign. What should he have done?