What Does Your Future Hold?

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5 Responses

  1. Bob S says:

    I hope you are wrong too Alan.

  2. david says:

    Yes it is easy to see a dismal, if not grim future for British society and its ostensible ‘capable guardians’ the police service. Leaving aside whether cutting public spending is the way ahead, one should ask before this government started to cut – what was the situation with the police, were they ‘capable guardians’?

    I would argue that the police had expanded in size and budget largely without positive gains for the public. Looking hard at what the police spent their budget on started before this government, for example having an expensive (250k pa) recruiting campaign when four years worth of recruits were waiting to join.

    Initially when the cuts began and changes were made, invariably with less manpower (yes A19), we were told that the ‘frontline’ was unaffected, indeed crime was falling. Only when pressed did the police refer to actual increasing demand, the average time in custody doubling and fewer prisoners.

    Yes, the police service is under pressure and ‘low cost’ alternative providers are actively seeking work. Let alone some of the harebrained proposals that emerge from within Westminster-Whitehall.

    The police and PCC’s need to be honest. What are the police good at and what are we poor at? Compare our performance with violent crime and property crime. Then seek to match public priorities, which after an emergency service, are not property or violent crime, but ASB and non-crime service.

    • Thank you David,

      I don’t know what the future holds I just suspect that there is an agenda for change and we should all be privy to knowing what that agenda is.

      Time will tell, but I suspect that the British Police Service will never look the same again. Good or Bad? Too early to say

  3. david says:

    Yes it is easy to see a dismal, if not grim future for British society and its ostensible ‘capable guardians’ the police service. Leaving aside whether cutting public spending is the way ahead, one should ask before this government started to cut – what was the situation with the police, were they ‘capable guardians’?

    I would argue that the police had expanded in size and budget largely without positive gains for the public. Looking hard at what the police spent their budget on started before this government, for example having an expensive (250k pa) recruiting campaign when four years worth of recruits were waiting to join.

    Initially when the cuts began and changes were made, invariably with less manpower (yes A19), we were told that the ‘frontline’ was unaffected, indeed crime was falling. Only when pressed did the police refer to actual increasing demand, the average time in custody doubling and fewer prisoners.

    Yes, the police service is under pressure and ‘low cost’ alternative providers are actively seeking work. Let alone some of the harebrained proposals that emerge from within Westminster-Whitehall.

    The police and PCC’s need to be honest. What are the police good at and what are we poor at? Compare our performance with violent crime and property crime. Then seek to match public priorities, which after an emergency service, are not property or violent crime, but ASB and non-crime service.

    • Thank you David,

      I don’t know what the future holds I just suspect that there is an agenda for change and we should all be privy to knowing what that agenda is.

      Time will tell, but I suspect that the British Police Service will never look the same again. Good or Bad? Too early to say

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