Today, the Daily Mail and The Sun both reported that the public feel that the Police have ‘lost control’ of the Streets. But most civilian reporters just don’t understand what is REALLY happening on the streets.
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According to The Sun, half of Brits think that the Police have ‘lost control’ of the streets.
But the truth is, that the Police will NEVER lose control of the streets, but I can 100% understand why the public do feel as if the Police are no longer there.
The point of this article, is to try and give a bit of an ‘insider’ insight into what is actually going on and why people might feel as if there is no Police presence anymore.
Even though I have retired from the Police, most of my family still serve on the Thin Blue Line. And that line really has become thinner and thinner…
The savage and 100% unnecessary cutbacks which Police Chiefs have had to endure, has meant that there really have been fewer Police on the streets.
Whenever you hear about ‘extra’ Officers being put on the streets, then its a misnomer.
The fact that neighbourhood Policing teams were disbanded has meant that you won’t get dedicated officers walking around your local neighbourhood anymore.
It’s just not going to happen any time soon.
And the Police Federation even warned the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, about the dangers involved in getting rid of community Policing teams – something that was introduced when I still was in the Job.
But then why would a politician EVER actually listen to Policing professions about policing..? Of course, ‘they’ know best, don’t they?
And if you happen to live in London, my old stomping ground, then I REALLY feel for you at the moment – seeing a Police Officer walking the streets must be like waiting for the second coming.
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Why do I feel for, in this case, Londoners?
Well, in order to try and cope with the cutbacks, Case Progression Units (units which actually process prisoners once they have been arrested) were also disbanded.
What did this mean? That Met Police Officers now have to deal with the majority of their labour-intensive prisoners themselves.
My colleagues in the County forces already have to do this.
But during a ‘typical’ shift on a busy London Borough, as a response team Officer you could be expected to arrest anywhere between 2-5 people PER SHIFT.
That, my friends, is a MOUNTAIN of paperwork. And each case needs months, if not years of on-going work.
So whereas when you used to turn up for Parade, once the formalities were over you could then go out looking to disrupt and deter criminal behaviour, instead now Police Officers who are on response teams are starting to look more like office-based staff when they really want to be out on the streets!
So when you take into account the fact that there are FEWER Police Officers dealing with an increased work load and combine this with the fact that there are fewer resources available to help these Officers deal with their increased work load, then there is no wonder that half of Brits feel that criminals rule the streets.
The answer is relatively simple. Recruit MORE Officers and reverse all of the cost-cutting exercises which Police Chiefs have been forced to adopt.
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If a future Home Secretary just happens to be reading this, then please learn from the mistakes of previous Home Secretaries and NEVER cut the flow of money going into one of the most important services which is taken for granted on a daily basis; the emergency services!
Something else that is eluded to in the article published by the Daily Mail, is the fact that people feel that criminals do not fear being caught.
Having previously taken hundreds of criminals off of the street, I can confirm that this has ALWAYS been the case.
But at the moment, as we reported earlier, most criminals know that the chances of them getting banged up for their crimes are minimal.
Do I think that the criminals are ‘winning’? yes, I do.
Do I think that this is the fault of the Police? 100% absolutely not.
The Police on the front line have been let down by Politicians who are so far removed from what is actually going on on the streets, that if they were heading up a private company and made the same massive error of Judgement then they would be sacked.
What is happening, is the fault of some, but not all, politicians who have got ZERO idea as to what is actually happening out on the thin blue line and how best to deal with it!
Policing MUST be taken OUT of Politics.
No-one understands how to Police, other than the Police.
That is a simple fact and no amount of time spent studying criminology will EVER make up for the experiences which can only be had whilst serving on the front line of the #ThinBlueLine.
The amount of Officers off sick due to stress and other mental-health related conditions at the moment has probably never been higher than now.
Police Officers are being expected to do more with less.
Whoever decided to cut the budgets of the emergency services, whilst spending BILLIONS on renovating the Houses of Parliament should be ashamed.
But its just common sense!!!
Why would you cut Police numbers, and what did you expect would happen!?
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Have the police lost control of the streets? No they never had it in the first place, control in partnership with the public, possibly, that’s policing by consent, further than that lies the way to a Police state.