I used to serve in the Met, I used to work for the MPA. I don’t do either of those things any more I have retreated to Angry Towers in DeadBadgerShire.
But that did not stop me feeling very sad and just a little bit angry when my old buck sent me a link to the Knight Frank website.
Listed on this page here are 29 (count them, yes TWENTY NINE) Police Stations in the Metropolitan Police District that are up for sale to the highest bidder.
Police budgets are being slashed by 20% with the promise of more cuts to come. Almost every Force in the land is having to shed officers one way or another, even if only by Natural Wastage, they won’t be replaced. Hair Brained Scheme follows Hair Brained Scheme to get the remaining loyal, hard-working officers to work longer, with less, for less. It would not surprise me one bit to see an increase in officers being burned out, as it is the nature of the beast that they just keep on giving until they can give no more. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of officers I have EVER met who truly didn’t give a shit, no matter what they said, they did care really.
Forget the officers as people just for a minute. They are Resources. Their numbers are being decimated. In London alone 29 Police Stations ( a very important Tool of the Trade) are being sold off. Police Dogs and Horses are being cut back as well I’m told. Whoever thought that one up simply needs sacking. The savings achieved by decimating the Dog and Horse Sections wouldn’t even keep Sir Ian Blair in Donuts.
So we have Resources – Slashed. Buildings – Sold Off, Budgets – Slashed. I’m no politician (you can probably tell that), I have no Inside Information, but I do not expect to see these cutbacks reversed – ever!
My personal vision is that we are heading towards Fire Brigade Policing, with PCSOs and Specials dealing with the mundane and Community matters and warranted officers being held back to react to, and deal with, Emergency Calls and Investigations. Will we see a National Police Force (sorry, Service)? I don’t know but it wouldn’t surprise me. Mutual Aid is already on the increase I would think. Who would have thought that the Met would have needed Mutual Aid in 2011? I wouldn’t have put much money it then, but now? Worth a Tenner each way.
And now I see that Hampshire are bringing in The Hampshire Horsewatch scheme which will see 12 civilian horse riders in branded uniforms looking out for suspicious activity and reporting to the police.
So if you truly are opposed to #CruellasCuts, and most right-minded folk should be, you’d better start getting used to them, cos they’re here to stay and 29 Police Stations in London are NOT going to be rebuilt, or re-purchased in the future, they are HISTORY, or probably pubs by now. This is the true cost of the Tory Slash and Burn, not just £, but YOUR local Police Station sold off and its occupants relocated. How do you feel about that?