Last updated on September 22nd, 2023 at 03:17 pmReading Time: < 1 minute
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.