posted on Apr, 8 2015 @ 01:38 PM
a reply to: Kester
Gloucester police were outnumbered in a drunken after hours drinking brawl?! That's it?
Our police here in the UK are outnumbered all the time, always have been, right now where I am in tourist season at any given time there is 1 warrant
carrying officer or PCSO available for every 5000 citizens or so. This in the biggest geographical police area in England (Devon & Cornwall) by the
way, even London is closer to the Exeter police headquarters than the furthest extremes of our constabulary.
Friday and Saturday nights all the available cops are at bar and club zones in major towns and our handful of cities, so if you want a cop outside of
those local areas expect to wait a long time. Our crime is relatively low compared to the rest of the UK, and everyone I know calls the police as a
last resort in any case. I've met many a cop who has been grateful and turned a blind eye towards 'positive community action'.
The 'UK riots?' Lol, we had nothing going on in these parts then, and everyone I heard talking about it at the time was just saying how glad we are
that scummy folk like that do not seem to be much of an issue for us.
I wrote a thread about the police situation here in the South West (Is it police numbers or
a nice environment that keeps the peace, or is it just a crazy mix?
) and I remain strong in my opinion that our cops have always been nice
because they know they are outnumbered, especially with only 1 in 10 carrying tazers, and they know that in Devon & Cornwall their friendly manner is
responded with well by the communities. Even in the 'roughest' estates we have in Plymouth and Exeter.
I've helped cops out a few times over the years with violent offenders and I've seen many other blokes help cops out when they've been outnumbered and
doing the right thing. Maybe it is a cultural thing but coppers are treated well in these parts, even by local chav lads or whatever...it is amazing
what a friendly attitude and discretion with 'informal warnings' can do to make even the more naughty elements of society appreciate the police.
Long may our police/community relationships continue in the strange way they do here...maybe it's because we all know we need the tourists and if the
South West became thought of as some sink-hole estates in major cities of Britain then people would stop coming and spending their money here.
edit on 8.4.2015 by grainofsand because: typo