You, Yes You, The Big Boss

Do you care, do you really care, about the service you provide for the public? Do you?

The only reason I ask is that I saw something that made me wonder.

I saw a Tweet sent by the good Police of Chester showing their Night Duty Briefing.  I don’t suppose for one moment that the ‘tweeter’ meant anything bad by it, I’m sure he or she was just trying to engage with their public and be informative.

The only problem is that crusty old gits like me read Twatter and haunt the interweb and we tend to see things like that and think of them somewhat differently, or is it just me?

There’s something like twice as many empty chairs as there are occupied ones.

It brings me back to something that has been bugging me for a long time, what ratio of Police Officers per thousand head of population does it need to keep the population safe?

It wasn’t just me that was worried either

There was some slight reassurance

But when asked searching questions the account fell silent

But seriously, Chester and its environs has a population of about 80,000.  Chester covers about 180 square miles.

Are 8 officers really sufficient to keep the population safe?

I have nothing against Chester, it’s quite a nice city, although I could do without racedays personally.  It’s simply that it was there waiting to be commented on.  I feel exactly the same about any area where the Police strength has been slashed, so that’s everywhere really I suppose.

Bosses everywhere, I implore you.  I am not anti, I am a retired officer.  It really is time to rise up and oppose the cuts. We can’t do it by ourselves.

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2 Comments

  1. Chester I wager is the norm, not the exception. The ‘thin blue line’ has simply got thinner, in part due to cuts, but also moving resources away from neighbourhood or response policing.
    My own home town, with 68 sq miles has 206k residents; the vast majority live in a smaller area adjacent to a large city. Response units have an authorized strength of eight constables, two sergeants and an inspector. In November that shrinks to six constables. Yes in theory others are there in support.
    It is common to encounter adverse comments on the lack of ANY uniform policing and anecdotes that on “Lates” within two hours no-one is left.

    • I quite agree, I’m sure it is the norm. Personally I find it appalling but NPCC are doing naff all to show the front line that they are actually opposing the cuts.

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