a reply to: Kester
Heh! Fifteen quid eh? Doesn't time fly?
In all honesty, the police in this country are being stiffed by the top brass, big time.
The NCA (National Crime Agency), a new type of police organisation in the UK, are going to become more prevalent over the coming years if recent
indications are anything to go by. Basically an extension of Special Branch in all the relevant ways, the NCA will feature a higher percentage of
weapons trained individuals than the regular police force, and will receive all the latest gizmos, doodads, and gadgets that are available, to help
them do their jobs as well as possible. All this sounds great doesn't it?
Meanwhile, the rest of the police forces in the country, will have to put up with massive cuts, the most effective members of their forces being
co-opted by the NCA, and many others simply being made redundant, all to pay for an FBI style investigative agency, in a country which does NOT
require one. Further to that, they will have to suffer having substandard equipment, all to make sure the NCA are kept up to their eyeballs in
technological marvels, and all the best personnel and slug chuckers available.
Of course, this defeats the purpose of our police force here in this country, because here in Britain, crime statistics get better when more police
are present on the streets, and by no other method. Within a mile of my place there have been more than thirty burglaries in the last four months. I
have NEVER known that to happen in all the years of my life. And the reason? At no time in my life, have there been fewer police officers on foot,
patrolling the streets.
We see a police car go by every couple of weeks, unless something happens to be kicking off locally, but in general, we see a squad car go past,
every fortnight or so. Maybe once a month, I will see a Community Police Support Officer (not a proper copper) or two, on foot, doing their best to
appear as if their presence will have any affect on the local scum. I am not about to rag on them, they do what they do for good reasons, and I for
one applaud them for getting involved, but there is no replacement for a proper, professional police force, in good numbers, regularly patrolling an
The reason I have just blasted off into this diatribe, and to link back to the OP itself, is to point out that non-lethal weaponry in the broadest
sense, is probably going to become a subject with which a greater than normal percentage of British citizens are going to have to become familiar with
for their own security and safety, precisely because of the changes to the way policing works in this country. As those changes bite, and the scum
realise that they pretty much have carte Blanche so long as they get away clean, people are going to have to learn to take their own safety in hand to
a much greater degree than they have for some considerable time in this country.
When an urgent call to the police gains a response time of forty bloody minutes, you can bet your bottom dollar that folk are going to wish for
heavier mobile phones, coats with weights sewn into the hems, winter gloves with metal plates beneath the leather, and all manner of hidden and
surprising garments, gadgets, and probably some home built self defence gear too. Working out the legal ramifications of these things is going to cost
HUGE amounts of court time of course!
Raoul Moat, in my opinion, got what he wanted out of the day he died, and my only concern about the events which lead up to it, were for the people
he destroyed the lives of along the way. You are right, he died in a pretty horrific way, with residual current from the XREP round pulsing directly
into the meat of his brain probably. Good. He was a dangerous and violent man, who damaged people for years before he jumped totally off the sane
carriage, directly onto the crazy train.
But just because XREPs are no longer a supported platform, does not mean that there will not be some equally dicey mechanism developed to cover the
gap in the market left by that system, and my only concern about that is as follows:
Will ALL the people, upon whom these methods are used, be scum like Raoul Moat? Or will these systems be deployed against protestors, against
activists, against non violent but non compliant individuals? Will the drop in police numbers, mean a Wild West like situation will develop, where
police personnel are so outnumbered that they have to be the fastest draw?
Zap! You're dead! Or in a coma, permanently paralysed on one side, or a vegetable, or maybe, just maybe, in jail.