There surely cannot be a person over the age of 14 or so who is still unaware of the seemingly uncontrollable epidemic of stabbings and Knife Crime sweeping the country. Not one person surely? In London alone there is a knife-related murder or serious stabbing almost every day. Only recently a young teenage kid was literally disembowelled on the streets of our capital.
Politicians of all hues and senior Police Officers pronounce that this is completely unacceptable (it is) but what are they actually DOING about it?
Mainly nothing. A lot of hot air gets spouted, think tanks go into overdrive trying to come up with the next big ‘thing’, senior Police Officers will have meetings and pronounce that ‘extra’ officers are being thrown at the problem, the government will assure us that new ‘technology’ is on the way. The main problem is that there are NO extra extra officers, there are, in fact, 21,000 fewer officers.
Meetings are a very small part of the solution, but to come up with the promise of ‘extra’ officers is an insult to both Police and Public alike. Every one of these ‘extra’ officers is either working what should have been a Leave Day or they have been abstracted from other duties, thereby creating a shortage somewehere else.
Almost every serving or former Police Officer that I know, together with a significant number of Members of the Public have a damn good idea what is causing the problem and how to begin addressing it.
Every knife used in an attack on the streets has been carried through the streets by somebody. Whilst it is being carried it is vulnerable to being found by Police, and the ‘carrier’ arrested, but NOT if the Police Officers have one arm tied behind their backs.
Currently there is no ‘fear’ on the streets. The government, in the shape of Camoron and Cruella, have savagely decreased the number of Police Officers, including the Front Line that they claim to protect. Cruella herself issued an instruction to Police to drastically reduce the number of Stop Search carried out. Since her edict both crime in general, and stabbings in particular have increased, despite what the Whitehall Mandarins might tell us. Home Office figures show it thus
Not a pretty sight.
My proposal to turn the tide would be to bring back Stop and Search. Lawfully, Ethically, Respectfully, but Determindly.
Once the grounds for the Stop/Search have been established (and they MUST be) it should be conducted positively and efficiently, and properly recorded.
“People will get Stop/Searched who are totally innocent” I hear the cry. Yes they will, that is almost inevitable, but the damage can be minimised by the manner in which it is conducted. Officers could stop me ten times a day if it prevented one more youth getting butchered. I have nothing to hide, nor do most other folk. Yes, it is inconvenient, and can often delay us, but which is worse? Getting a tad miffed about being stopped and searched by a polite Police Officer who explains why you are being Stopped and Searched, or one more teenager getting disembowled within sight of home?
Last year’s IPSOS/MORI poll showed that ost of the population still have a reasonable amount of trust in the Police. FAR, far more than politicians of any kind.
In view of which Theresa May, why not start the process of rebuilding the Police? Allow people to feel safe on the streets once more. Instil fear of being caught and meaningful consequences into the hearts of those carrying knives, or weapons of any kind.
How can you help? How does your country need you?
You can help today by simply writing a letter or email to your local MP, or the Home Secretary, or the Prime Minister or your local Police and Crime Commissioner voicing your support for some Positive Action and the reinstatement of the Police Force. Surely no politician can ignore a mailbox overflowing with letters. Police and Crime Commissoners are up for re-election soon, and who knows when the next General Election will be, but maybe not too far away. They will all be looking for YOUR votes.
From an operational point of view a short, sharp period of Shock and Awe will remind a certain faction that they do not rule the streets, although they currently think that they do, and they are getting away with it.