When you read this heading, then you might think ‘no way; NO-ONE would be silly enough to even consider calling 999 in order to complain about a police chopper flying near their house’.
But the problem, is a real one…
People really are calling 999 to whinge and moan about the police daring to use the police helicopter in order to look for serious criminals or to perhaps help officers on the ground to search for high-risk missing people.
Thankfully, most people, even if they are woken up in the dead of night, will understand that criminals do not work 9-5.
In fact, most people with a decent amount of common sense probably understand that most criminals ‘go to work’ at night and thus police resources tend to also be their busiest during the night as well!
But there seems to be a hardcore of numpties out there who, for whatever reason, perhaps seem to think that the police should maybe only operate their choppers during the day, whilst they are at work!
In case you think that we are making this issue up, then check out a tweet that was published by the West Yorkshire Police Control Room:
Even when the police try to explain what they are doing and why, you still end up hearing from individuals who believe that people have a genuine right to complain about the police fighting crime?
Yes, it is frustrating to be woken up when the police are using their choppers to look for suspects, but, guess what? That’s what the police are here to do!
I am 100% sure that if someone broke into your house and the suspects were known to be in the area, then the same people who complain would DEMAND that not only their local police chopper is sent up, but ALL of the National Police Air Service choppers are scrambled and are vectored onto their location!
It seems to be just another prime example of people not having enough common sense needed in order to get to grips with reality!
Thankfully, however, there are more people out there who understand why police helicopters need to fly at night rather than moaning and/or whinging about it.
Besides, maybe being woken up by the police helicopter and then looking out of your window to see what is going on MIGHT end up helping the police as you could end up spotting the individual(s) who the police are looking for.
The Police chopper can then return to base and then you can then get back into your warm comfy beds whilst the police continue to do the job that everyone wants them to do.
Written by one of the many admins of Emergency Services Humour who is also a regular blogger in our fortnightly eMagazine ’S__ts & Giggles’ which you can sign up to by visiting our Facebook page and clicking on the ‘sign up’.
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