So-called ‘spotted’ pages on social media are a great way for communities to share information, thoughts and ideas about important things which are going on in and around their area.
Quite often, these pages also help to share information on criminal behaviour so that residents can help thwart the efforts of local criminals.
However, every now and again, a member of these ‘spotted’ communities might ‘spot’ a member, or members, of the emergency services daring to have a quick break during a shift.
As with any other job, members of the emergency services are entitled to take a break.
They are not exempt from ‘worker rights’ and indeed, many decent-minded people believe that emergency services personnel, owing to the nature of their job, should be afforded better provisions when it comes to rare moments of downtime.
But despite the overwhelming support from the majority of the general public, there are still some people out there who simply do not believe that members of the emergency services or, in this case, the police, should be ‘allowed’ to stop for a break.
As a prime example, a short video was shared on the ‘Spotted in Harlow’ Facebook page of some officers having a drink.
The caption with the video was:
It makes you wonder why the person who recorded the video insisted on anonymity when he/she was clearly so passionate about officers daring to take a break during a shift.
The admin(s) of the page pointed out that the video and the comments were from a member of their community. But nonetheless, the page shared the video with its 13,000 followers.
But rather than inciting rage and disgust at the fact that some hardworking officers had stopped for a quick drink, followers supported the officers for having a drink in public rather than out of sight back at the police station.
Neil Edgley said:
‘This is not the whole of a night shift duty. They are having a briefing about a job they have to go
‘They are killing two birds with one stone so they can stay out on the streets for longer
‘Briefings quite often happen in public areas so if something were to kick off they are closer to what may happen instead of sitting in an office away from the cars!
‘Until you actually know what these people have to deal with on a 12+hour shift I wouldn’t start running your mouth!’
Whilst ‘Kelly’ said:
‘Well done and thank u to all our police officers for
Neil Roger also said:
‘I’m so glad this post got knocked down by everyone.
‘Please respect the people who try their best under harsh circumstances to defend you.
‘Police are human, therefore need a break and some food.
‘The fact they are eating with the public shows they are out with the people ready to respond to a call nearby if it comes out.
‘The amount of times they have to leave their food behind to take calls probably outweighs the times they get to finish their food so learn to have some respect and leave them to eat next time’.
The above comments were the ‘top three’ comments on the post, meaning that they
So we think that it is fair to say, that the majority of the public support the fact that police officers can, do and will take their breaks in public spaces rather than hiding away inside a police station somewhere.
People want to see the police ‘out and about’ as such a sight not only deters criminal behaviour, but it also brings reassurance to the public.
Chief Inspector Matt Cornish, District Commander for Harlow, tweeted:
‘Personally, it was nice to see my incredibly hard working officers had a chance to get hot food (which is rare), and proud they chose to use their meal break to have a team meeting, remaining visible in the town’
The Chief Constable of Essex Police, Mr Harrington, also said:
“It’s great that people are supportive. However, to be really clear as CC I support & encourage Essex Police personnel to have breaks in their community when they get the chance”.
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