Here's the full comment.
"The odd thing is that the police today are harder working, less corrupt and much more effective than they’ve ever been before, or rather were
before these swingeing cuts. I joined the service in 1975 at a time of the ‘firm within a firm’ and had to flee my force after threats from the
corrupt ones. Now the most likely person to put away a corrupt officer is another officer or police employee. In my day, it might not have been fatal
to point the finger, but if you didn’t want your kids fitted up or your car damaged, then you kept quiet. I didn’t: I had to run away.
Most patrolling officers will tell you that policing by consent is more prevalent when patrol cars are double-crewed – I remember those days. Tasers
are now drawn more frequently due to lack of back-up.
Cameron was the architect of Sheehy, the coincidence of Winsor coming up with something identical to his first, largely derided, draft is just one of
those strange coincidences, as is the best man to be awarded the sinecure of HMIC – where the only role seems to be to turn up at the police
memorial to fallen officers in fancy dress – being Winsor.
I retired after 30 years but still keep in touch. There is no way the police will be able to respond to the next round of riots. There is no reserve.
Cameron is playing politics with Croydon and the rest.
As regards your point about the drop in crime, most officers are of the opinion that it is a mixture of the lower percentage of males between the ages
of 15 and 25, better car security and CCTV. I took over the Brighton CCTV after installation, as part of being in charge of the control rooms, and
over the first 18 months there was a significant drop in the level of crime in that area covered by the cameras.
At the moment if you were to be arrested for an offence you did not commit, or, come to that, that you did, what country’s police force would you
prefer to deal with you? CCTV in cell blocks was supported by all officers that I knew, and far from the majority of defence briefs. Yet, it seems,
they have never been so demonised. The May marionette mentions Hillsborough but never Bradford.
Remember how everyone used to moan about traffic wardens when they were part of the police? Wouldn’t we all like to see their return. The same will
apply when G4S patrol our streets, working for profits."
This is the source it came from. blogs.lse.ac.uk...
In the article we see this.
"Most official and media commentary explaining the declining political power of the police suggest it has been brought about by police own goals,
citing causes celebres from Orgreave and Hillsborough in the 1980s, to Plebgate."
Plebgate. Do you remember how that turned out?
"MP and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has paid £80,000 in libel damages to the police officer he called a “f******g pleb”..."
And yet Plebgate is still pushed on the masses as a police own goal? Ridiculous. This clearly illustrates the government/media dirty war against the
Office of Constable.
Hillsborough I've covered very extensively in previous threads. Every fresh bit of evidence I've found on the inquest website strengthens the theory
that Hillsborough was a deliberate black operation. Fans were encouraged by provocateurs to rush the turnstiles. Key individuals prevented the tunnel
from being shut. The upper bolts on gate C had been redesigned a couple of years before so they dropped open when the gates were battered. That gate
was going to open one way or another. Jacko prevented the loudspeaker from being used to give life-saving guidance then organised the much criticised
cordon across the pitch. Hillsborough was an anti-constabulary black operation, designed to be used exactly as it is being used now. As an emotional
Orgreave was similar.
What other major anti-constabulary stories are there? There's only a handful and they all have weaknesses.
You are being persuaded through media manipulation to take sides against 'the police' in general. Weakened and demoralised there's not a hope of
preventing or containing this summers consumer riots.
So what you gonna do?
I say elect local constables now. I could do with a bit of help with logistics.
Of course you could just carry on chatting about the comfortable little elements of life and wait till you see the glow in the sky as your city
This is a certainty. The criminals have been closely watching the dismantling of the constabularies. All knowledgeable sources say riots cannot be
controlled by a drastically reduced number of constables. The criminals know this. They will act. We must act first.