a reply to: Kester
Thanks for bringing this up because it will affect all our lives.
Allow me to correct something many Brits have learned already. Yes once our Bobbies were the very best in the world. They were a respected part of
our community but they are not so much today. The reason for this being that for most older Brits the idea of the Police being public servants and
protecting the public has undergone a 180* change in perspective for the Police. Now their attitude is "Who can I arrest for whatever today and the
public are the enemy and the State and its institutions are the good guys.
If you don't think the above is correct watch how they treat legitimate protestors on a rally - they deprive them of the toilet and kettle them so no
one can leave. They even kill innocent people walking past and we have seen Officers using their truncations on small women in the front line and
then getting away with it in the courts.
Police numbers have been deliberately cut down thereby making the service very much less efficient - so without the numbers of 'foot soldiers' doesn't
matter who you put in charge it won't improve. Also the time its taken to deal with Hillsborough has disgusted the public and killed confidence in
the police as a profession - which isn't fair on those not involved in that tragedy.
The banking service bought in 'Career Finished Ex Servicemen' back in the 1960's and firstly they didn't fit in with the rest of the staff whatsoever
and were not necessarily competent because, even with training they were square pegs in round holes.
If you think men who have been deliberately career stuffed by an outsider are going to cooperate willingly dream on - why should they? This could
well affect good people being recruited because they who will see this as now a bad career because of lack of prospects and being sidelined and then
expected to help a newby who will need their hands held in situations they simply don't have the experience to deal with.
The solution to what is a real problem is simply the lack of police training where the force needs expertise in certain areas which I noticed is
something the ex police Prof should have postured but clearly felt not necessary for some reason.
I'm also not happy about some American who will be coming with with experience from Detroit etc and its gun-ho policing onto the streets of the UK,
simply because the publics are very different and the UK is very culturally diverse with a lot of 'knot-it-alls' who will challenge an American's
perspective. It isn't about how good that individual is and they will be good in their own environment, its about acceptance, experience and
knowledge of the British streets and crimes which a Bobby learns from the bottom up, as was aptly put in the video.
Surely these people they are considering should be used in an advisory and especially training positions without having to lead the whole protect the
institution and property brigade. People do get second degrees and those with potential should be given the opportunity to gain this expertise during
their police career. In fact it would help attract more people to this often dangerous and very difficult job. Silly little short courses only go so
We already jump start graduates but they still do (if I remember rightly, 2 years on the beat which was considered absolutely necessary and naught has
changed, its not a picnic often and I suspect with human rights laws plus our PC sue ya if I can get compo brigade in full swing). Its actually a job
that will need far more training that X months in a class room.
Try ringing a Police Station you wait and wait and wait no chance of a squad car roaring down the road in time to stop the crime which us to happen
but its deliberate government policy, so protecting the public - don't make me laugh.