The Finest Police Force In The World

Or it was at least, and it gives me absolutely no pleasure to write these words.

When I joined the Met a million years ago in 1972 the old sweats took delight in telling me that I was now part of the finest Police Force in the world, they were referring to the Met of course, but a case could have been made for almost any UK Police Force. British Policing was a model for so many others across the world.  You only had to spend a handful of days at Hendon to trip over any number of foreign students studying something there, if only how to drive and skid.

I wasn’t originally going to write this post, and if you inhabit the world of Twitter you will have seen much of it already in separate tweets, twats, whatever.

I have had much to say about “the cuts” over the years, and I take none of it back, but today it finally hit me how deep the Crisis In Policing truly is. However, I’m not going to mention money at all in this pcost, but there will be a few numbers. Grim numbers.  I’m not even going to rant, this is way too serious for a rant.

Firstly, as I have referred to before, the latest official stats were released this week on the number of Police Officers in England and Wales.  As expected numbers have gone down further and are at their lowest level for a long time.

The official government chart looks like this:-


If that isn’t bad enough, do you recall Mrs May saying this in 2011, when she was still Home Secretary?

 “As I said earlier, we have to meet the challenge of police reform at the same time as we meet the challenge of reducing police spending. And we have to do that while protecting – indeed, improving – frontline police services”

This year Front Line Services look like this


Another official government chart. Does that look like something that is being protected or improved?

Mrs May and/or Amber Rudd has had no influence in Scotland. Their manpower chart (official government chart) looks quite different to ours


The overall numbers might be fewer (I shall come back to that later) and they are not without problems but the chart is trending in the right direction.

The Special Constabulary were meant to be our saviours in the May/Cameron vision.  Look what has happened to them.


Yes, I know, another official government chart.

There is no pretty graph specifically for PCSOs, but they peaked at slightly under 17,000 in 2010 and had been reduced to 10,213 in March 2017

So, I made my own chart for PCSO numbers and it looks like this (my chart, official Home Office numbers)


The Police Service of Northern Ireland (Norn Iron apparently) fares no better


But look on the bright side, we must be doing better than some of those hard-to-point-at-on-a-map places in Europe? Right? WRONG

My last nice, official government chart shows that the Police Service of England and Wales has fewer officers per 100,000 head of population than Scotland and Northern Ireland. In fact even Liechtenstein (where’s that?) has more than we do.

In fact England and Wales is 7th from the BOTTOM


The only words I can think of to describe this whole situation are ‘Disgrace’ and ‘Travesty’.  Theresa May you have done this, you and David Cameron. How can we possibly claim to be the finest in the world? How will we ever be able to claim that again? You proudly claim that “Police Reform is working”.  How can you possibly say that faced with the above information, every  piece of it found in a government  Briefing Paper dated June 2107, so it is relatively current.

TJF truly

Don’t “shed a little tear”, just “dry your eyes” and get angry. Very angry.  Please feel free to share this post, particularly if your MP is on Twitter. This is a National Disgrace that our Police Service has been dragged so low down. Let’s all make our MPs aware of what the picture looks like when the dots are joined up.

I, for one, don’tlike it. If you don’t like it feel free to give your MP some grief in his/her Summer Holiday.

Ask Not What You Can Do For Your Country…

……..but what your country can do for you. No, that’s not a misprint, it’s how I meant it.

The 20th July 2017 was a dark day in the middle of a dark era.

In no particular order as they say

Parliament broke for it’s Summer Recess.  No run of the mill business, discussions, debates.  How very convenient.

The Office of National Statistics released the latest ‘official’ crime statistics.

Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) showed there were 5.9 million incidents of crime covered by the survey, a 7% reduction compared with the previous year’s survey.

The police recorded nearly 5 million offences in the year ending March 2017, which represented an annual rise of 10%; this increase is likely to reflect a range of factors, which vary by crime type, including continuing improvements to recording processes and practices, expanded offence coverage and also genuine increases in some crime types.

One set says ‘Higher’, the other set says ‘Lower’ and I have seen many arguments and reasons why one should be more reliable than the other, but, even if, the Police Recorded Crime figures are discredited and dismissed, the Crime Survey of England and Wales figures are still HIGHER than Recorded Crime, regardless of the direction of climb or fall.  So Recorded Crime should surely be regarded as a MINIMUM when resources are being allocated?

The Home Office released the latest set of Police Workforce figures, showing yet another loss of officers and Police Staff.

There were 198,684 workers employed by the 43 police forces in England and Wales on 31 March 2017, a decrease of 2,237 or 1% compared with a year earlier. This is the lowest number in the police workforce since 31 March 2003 (198,375 workers).
Similarly, police officer numbers have decreased in the last year, to 123,142 officers as at 31 March 2017. This is the lowest number of police officers at the end of a financial year since comparable records began in 1996. Records earlier than this are not directly comparable; however, they indicate that this is the lowest number of officers since 1985.

The number of officers in frontline roles has fallen, from 106,411 as at 31 March 2016 to 105,571 as at 31 March 2017, a fall of 840 officers (1%). Over the same time period the proportion of officers in frontline roles has remained stable at 93%.
The number of officers in local policing roles fell by 1.7% in the latest year, to 56,430. The proportion of officers in these roles remained stable, at 50%.

The most telling way I have seen to portray the Police Cuts is this, you may have seen it before, but it bears repeating


The bits in pink represent the size of the losses brought about by the last two governments since 2010.

As a little bit of fun, if anyone is curious as to how today compares with the ‘Gene Hunt era’ the long term history looks like this, fire up the Quattro

Sorry about the blue line Gene

 

I couldn’t find any figures earlier than 1979, and heaven only knows how accurate these are.

Between 2010 and 2016 the population of the United Kingdom increased by approx 2.5 Million.  I don’t have the figures for just England and Wales but I suspect that they account for more than half of that figure.

In short the Police are expected to deal with more crimes, more people with approx 21,000 fewer officers.

Apart from the obvious, one of the hidden problems with this is that the officers are burning out.

Returning to the title, what can your country do for you?  The government can reverse the cuts and reinstate the 21,000 or so ‘lost’ officers.  Even if they agreed to do this without reservation, reallistically nothing can change for at least a year and possibly much, much longer.

First you have to find 21,000 Graduates (more than that really) who want to join the Police for as little as £19k.

Then you have to paper sift the applications and interview the Short List candidates.

Then train them for about 4 months to get them ready for basic Street Duty.

2 years later they will hopefully be fully fledged Constables. Even Police Now couldn’t do it quicker than that.

The government need to realise that they are jeopardising Public Safety in breach of their public duty.

If Violent Crime is UP and Police Numbers are DOWN, the Population is UP, then I would say that the government, by virtue of their policy of Police Cuts, is failing in their absolute duty to ensure Public Safety.

I am in no way an authority on the subject, but I wou have thought that More People + More Crimes + Fewer Police = Government failing in its duty, but what do I know Theresa?

It is well known that the first duty of government is to protect the citizens to whom they are answerable. Few will disagree with this

#WhoseStreets?

I must begin with an apology dear reader, I had hoped to have finished with the thorny subject of Stop and Search, but it seems that at least one reprise is needed.

You may remember that in 2014 the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, issued a diktat regarding Police use of Stop and Search.

“I want to make myself absolutely clear: if the numbers do not come down, if stop and search does not become more targeted, if those stop-to-arrest ratios do not improve considerably, the government will return with primary legislation to make those things happen,”

Boy oh boy did those figures come down.

You can not be unaware of the epidemic of Knife Crime, Moped Crime and Acid Attacks spreading like wildfire across the streets of London and elsewhere. It has got so bad that I recently ‘shared’ a blog written by a Member of the Public, Jim Hind, in which he suggests, or asks for, an increase in the number of Stop and Searches by Police to tackle these crimes.

Increased use of Stop and Search – A controversial subject for many, but in order to allow police to take preventative action to address the issue, should Stop and Search be increased in order to locate people carrying these substances before they have the chance to use them? It has proven effective in the past with knife crime.

To be fair, if you read the blog in its entirety, that is only one of several discussion points, but if things have got so bad that a Member of the Public is suggesting MORE Stop and Search then maybe Theresa May got it wrong in 2014.

Stop and Search is not the only tactic available to Police Officers faced with crimes of these types, but it is an important, and I believe, effective one. I have, however, always stated that any and all stops carried out by officers MUST BE LAWFUL, i.e. the officers grounds for conducting that stop must exist and be reasonable.

Reasonable grounds for suspicion is the legal test which a police officer must satisfy before they can stop and detain individuals or vehicles to search them under powers such as section 1 of PACE (to find stolen or prohibited articles) and section 23 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (to find controlled drugs). This test must be applied to the particular circumstances in each case and is in two parts:
(i) Firstly, the officer must have formed a genuine suspicion in their own mind that they will find the object for which the search power being exercised allows them to search (see Annex A, second column, for examples); and
(ii) Secondly, the suspicion that the object will be found must be reasonable. This means that there must be an objective basis for that suspicion based on facts, information and/or intelligence which are relevant to the likelihood that the object in question will be found, so that a reasonable person would be entitled to reach the same conclusion based on the same facts and information and/or intelligence.
Officers must therefore be able to explain the basis for their suspicion by reference to intelligence or information about, or some specific behaviour by, the person concerned

Many factors can constitute Reasonable Grounds but they must exist. If the officer can satisfy himself/herself that reasonable grounds exist to lawfully conduct a Stop and Search then, in my opinion, no politician should ever be able to prevent or deter that from happening. Not for any reason. It is excercising a lawful power granted under s1 Police and Criminal Act 1984 (PACE) and nowhere within that Act does it say “but don’t do it if Theresa May doesn’t like it”.

The current Codes of Practice concerning Stop and Search under PACE can be read, in full, here.

However, Theresa May did decide to stick her oar in and issue the diktat above.  How much difference has she made? Well, according to the data that I have now received from almost all Police Forces (only Leicestershire and Sussex have yet to give me their responses,  and both are seriously overdue) Stop and Search has been decimated.  One Force, Greater Manchester, has reduced Stop and Search from 37,321 in 2012 to 2,828 in 2015, a good thing? I have managed to locate some data for Leicestershire and Sussex but it has not been provided directly by the Force to me, but should be about 95% accurate, and perfectly adequate for the purpose for which I require it.

I’m not going to put any spin on it, just let the figures tell their own story, please see the chart below.


#WhoseStreets?  Certainly not ours any longer. The battle for control of the streets is long and arduous, and not yet over, but certainly not being helped by Government diktats and Government cuts. I have previously mentioned elsewhere that there is a Crisis In Policing, and having one arm tied behind your back by the “Party of Law and Order” is not helping.

The Police Officers on the Front Line will ALWAYS do their best to control, prevent, detect and prosecute   crime and criminals, but they don’t need ill-informed or ill-advised interference from politicians.

It is about time that the National Police Chiefs Council and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary stood up and visibly supported the officers in their war on crime, and it is becoming a war. They should be firmly advising Theresa May and her Government that she has got it wrong, and unless something significant changes in the very near future then the streets will be totally lost to the thugs and thieves.

An Open Letter To @PoliceChiefs

You are, by definition, all senior Police Officers, yet you seem to have lost touch with the fine officers that form the Front Line.

As you are obviously aware, when the Conservative-led coalition came to power in 2010 there were 142,363 Police Officers in England and Wales, excluding BTP, or 145,015 if you include BTP.  The next set of government statistics are due for release on 20th July, but the last set, up to end of September 2016, shows that there were 122,859 Officers, excluding BTP, or 126,252 including BTP. I expect that figure to have fallen again when the latest levels are revealed.

Every one of your members has worked your way up from lowly Constable to Chief Constable or Commissioner. Every last one of you.

Collectively, and individually, you KNOW what the Front Line has gone through in the last seven years, you have been there.

You absolutely KNOW that much of Policing requires Numbers.

Of the 122,859 officers left in England and Wales, 121,167 are what I would call ‘Front Line”‘, Constables, Sergeants and Inspectors. Anybody above the rank of Inspector has really joined “The Management”. NPCC Officers count for a really small percentage of the Police Workforce, 0.15% only.

Yet, for such a small number you have developed a language all of your own and have either forgotten what life is like on the Front Line or, much worse, you are choosing to ignore it.  The Front Line is VITAL to maintaining an ordered and law-abiding (relatively) society.  Who is it that controls the riots, confronts the armed criminals, looks for missing children, reports and investigates the crimes and prosecutes the offenders? The Front Line.

What do you think will happen when the Front Line is no longer there? Lawlessness, Anarchy, Crime Hotspots will become the Norm. Nobody will feel safe in their own homes, never mind on the streets.  Is that what you want?

You seem to have finally noticed that the Front Line is suffering. I can only assume that you have finally woken up and realised that the Front Line is burning out, mental and physical fatigue is spreading like a bushfire on a windy day.

What do you propose to help heal these fine, brave and hard-working officers? Accoding to your Head Fred, Sara Thornton, they should ‘decompress’ and ‘feel supported by the structures’.  Decompress?  What on earth is wrong with saying ‘Unwind”, “Unload”, “Let Off Steam” or simply “Talk”?  Structures?  Surely “Resources” or “Facilities” or dare I say “Support Systems” might be better worded?  You can’t even purport to be supporting the Front Line without phrasing it in gobbledygook Management Speak.

The Front Line comprises approximately 98% of the Police Workforce, why not use the language of the Front Line?  The NPCC constitutes less than 1/4% of the Police Workforce.

I would be horrified if you do not know exactly the stresses and strains that the Front Line are enduring.  Insufficient Detectives, too many cancelled Rest Days, too many extended tours of duty simply to cover for the Police Officers that are no longer part of the Police Workforce, culled by David Cameron and Theresa May. Too many officers off Sick with Stress or Depression.

If you are serious in your attempts to deal with the Mental Health issues creeping through the Service, put an end to physically and emotionally drained officers, restore the CID to an effective level, then, in my humble opinion, the answer is simple.

100% of the National Police Chiefs Council membership should stand united and point out, forcefully if necessary, to Theresa May and Amber Rudd, that the current situation is not tenable, not viable,  and is leading to the total collapse of an effective Police Service.

Some of your number have spoken out individually, but your entire membership, starting with Sara Thornton, needs to stand four-square and oppose the cuts. There is currently a Crisis In Policing and all the time that the NPCC adopt the ostrich stance it will only get worse. Just imagine how formidable it would be if the NPCC, The Superintendents Association and the Police Federation of England and Wales stood shoulder-to-shoulder and said to Theresa May “You are wrong, this cannot work, it does not work”. At the moment “Divide and Conquer” is winning.

Solidarity, Unity, remembering why you joined the Police Force are what is currently required. Maybe then fewer officers would need to “decompress”.

What possible excuse can you have not to?

Thank You

RetiredAndAngry

Ex Met

Who Are West Mercia Police?

A good question.  They cover a HUGE area, 2,868 square miles, and almost 1.2 million people, but not many people could find them on a map.  Basically it consists of the counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire.

Why am I bothering with a Police Force that most people know nothing about?

Well, a little birdie whispered in my ear that West Mercia Police are, or are considering, withdrawing from the Central Motorway Police Group.  This is a group consisting of officers from West Mercia, West Midlands and Staffordshire Constabularies.  Withdrawal of any one party will no doubt have a significant effect.  Their role is to patrol and Police the motorways of Central England dealing with anything between mobile phone usage whilst driving to collisions with multiple fatalities.

You may think that is not important, but Policing the motorways is important to many people in a whole variety of ways.

Why are they withdrawing from CMPG?  To save money for the Force it seems.  How much do they hope to save? £16 Million it seems.

I can find no reference to this proposed withdrawal on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website, but I assume that he was involved in the decision.  He is John Campion, a Conservative, who appears to faithfully toe the Tory Party Line.

He has some bold visions.  He wants to make West Mercia Police Officers more visible.  How is he proposing to do this?  Extra officers?  No he’s spending £4 million of the Force’s Reserves to buy new IT, Smart Phones and laptops.

He is also proposing to spend £36 million on new Police Stations for Shrewsbury and Hereford.

I am of the opinion that Mr Campion is a true follower of Theresa May and her doctrines.

His plan for West Mercia for the current Financial Year is

  • Put victims and survivors first
  • Build a more secure West Mercia
  • Reform West Mercia
  • Reassure West Mercia’s communities

Nowhere in his plan to achieve this does it mention withdrawing from CMPG.

Point 3 mentions Reform.  Theresa May is also fond of Reform.  Government mantra is all about preserving and protecting the Front Line.  Is Policing motorways not Front Line Policing then?  Withdrawing from CMPG does nothing for this particular element of the Front Line. Maybe motorways should just become lawless zones where cameras are king? Generate income for the coffers and never mind the fatal collisions or the mobile phone users or dangerously overloaded lorries and vans?

At the beginning of 2017 there was in excess of £50 Million in the Force Reserves.  Mr Campion intends to invest most of this in Policing, by buying some phones & laptops and building some new Police Stations.

Other Forces are selling off their family silver to offset “the cuts”, West Mercia seem to be able to build new family silver and still avoid the worst effects of “the cuts”, and at the same time save a further £4 million by taking over the Fire and Rescue Service also, another one of Theresa May’s ideas I believe.

Well, in my opinion (and it is only that) but I feel that I am entitled to hold and express an opinion, Fire and Rescue as well as Police and Crime is too much for one person to do justice to.  I am a resident of West Mercia and I applied for the position of Deputy to the PCC when it was advertised, but I’m clearly the wrong kind of candidate, the job went to a Conservative Councillor in the end, and me? I didn’t even warrant an interview, so yes, I will take a keen interest in what goes on in West Mercia and challenge it when I think it’s appropriate.

In other news, I have heard from Bronwen’s brother, Mihangel, who used to work in the canteen before it was closed and he was laid off, that West Mercia are really struggling, they don’t seem to have enough officers available to deal with the number of 101 and 999 calls that are coming in.

According to Mihangel officers are being pressurised to work overtime just to get the basics done and keep the good ship afloat. If I was them I wouldn’t be answering any calls from witheld numbers.

You don’t have to take my word that West Mercia is struggling at the moment, see here

It seems that Mr Campion has got a rocky road ahead of him.  Trying to keep Theresa May or Amber Rudd happy and keep his Force on track, plus plotting to take over the Fire Service can’t be easy.

Maybe, just maybe, Mr Campion has his priorities a tad wrong.  I KNOW about competing priorities, and it isñ’t always possible to keep ALL one’s balls in the air, but surely the over-arching priority has to be that West Mercia Police can do their job, Serve and Protect the people of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. Shiny new Police Stations ARE important but more important than being able to effectively serve your communities? It’s definitely a challenge, and it’s a challenge I would have relished, but now I am merely resident, observer and commentator. The safety and public tranquility of the Public are, in my humble opinion, more important than Party loyalties. Theresa May and Amber Rudd don’t always get it right, to follow meekly is not always the appropriate option.

Another Force entirely, that is NOT the Met, is receiving approx 30,000 non-urgent calls and about 50,000 999 calls each month and can barely cope, if indeed they can.

There is a Crisis In Policing. West Mercia are struggling it would seem, through no fault of their own. Many other Forces will no doubt look the same if we study them. It isn’t difficult to spot.

Meanwhile, back at the beginning;

Why not have your own say

Should West Mercia Police leave the Central Motorway Police Group

Arm The Police, Or Not?

I am Old School, a Traditionalist, and I make no apology for that. 

In my heart we would be policed in the old-fashioned way, a truncheon, a whistle and a cape. However, in my head I know that is no longer possible.

I detest the idea of arming the Police, it’s not how things should be, not how the British Police operate, but life is not that simple any more.

My head is telling me that ALL Front Line officers should be routinely armed, and a proscribed percentage of Middle Office and Back Office offices should be trained and authorised.  The world has changed, nothing we can do about that in the short-term.  We are about 21,000 officers short on what we did have in 2010, the population is growing and terrorism has returned to the streets of Britain. Mainly England I agree but certainly not restricted to London alone.  It could strike literally anywhere.

Faced with a knife or machete wielding terrorist or a suicide bomber we must rely on “Can you hang on a minute till the ARV gets here please?”

If the government or NPCC or College of Policing, Police Federation do not want a routinely armed Police Service the only other visble option is to MASSIVELY INCREASE the number of ARVs on our streets, giving all Forces, Boroughs, OCUs sufficient armed officers to provide a meaningful response to any armed situation from hostage-taking, bank robberies through to terrorism in any form.  Not sharing resources like the NPAS fiasco, each Force MUST have its own dedicated resources.  My own Force (where I live in DeadBadgerShire) consists of 3 large counties, I wouldn’t want to dilute our meagre resources further.

The choice is simple to me, we MUST accept that the world has changed and can’t be reversed quickly, if at all. Arm the Police or increase the ARVs.  Either option would benefit hugely from reducing some, or preferably all, of the 21,000 losses incurred by the Tories.

I actually, and honestly, believe that the majority of the British public would support either of these proposals.

Is “Do Nothing” an option?

You’re Having A Laugh

On 22nd March, a brave Constable was murdered by a cowardly terrorist within the grounds of the Palace of Westminster. His name was Keith Palmer and he died protecting public and politicians alike from said terrorist.

On 3rd June 3 terrorists ran amok on London Bridge, and Borough Market.  A young nurse ran towards the casualties and was brutally murdered by the terrorists. Her name was Kirsty Boden.

On 14th June many exceedingly brave Firefighters faced overwhelming odds and entered the inferno that was Grenfell Tower in an attempt to rescue survivors.

On 28th June a group of politicians cheered when they defeated a motion to lift the cap on pay rises for Nurses, Police Officers and Firefighters.  They were led by someone called Theresa May.

That tells you everything you need to know about this current government.

To express your opinions you could write to your MP www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/

Fancy Being In A Film?

I have been approached by someone from Sandpaper Films who is working on a BBC documentary about Diana, Princess of Wales, to mark the 20th anniversary of her death. She is hoping to speak to police officers who were responsible for policing the public that day at Westminster.

BBC1 DOCUMENTARY ON DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES 

Did you police crowds in London in the week that followed the death of Diana, Princess of Wales? Would you be willing to share your memories of that extraordinary week with a BBC1 documentary? To mark the 20th anniversary of The Princess’s tragic accident, the BBC has commissioned Henry Singer (director of ‘The Falling Man’ and Wootten Bassett: The Town that Remembers’) to make a landmark documentary that explores the impact she made on the nation. If you were one of the Officers responsible for policing the public, during that week, we would really like to hear from you.

Please get in contact via: dianadocumentary@sandpaperfilms.com

The Constabulary of Toothless Tigers

Theresa May and her puppet Amber Rudd finally seem to be getting their way by stealth.

Mrs May’s dislike and contempt of the Police Service is well known, but the pendulum was beginning to swing back in favour of the Police. However various organisations seem to be beavering away in the background to further emasculate the Police Service.

Since 2012 the number of Stop and Searches carried out has absolutely plummeted, and surprisingly, knife crime has rocketed. So, probably, have other types of Crime but nevertheless Mrs May (as Home Secretary) issued a diktat in 2014 to reduce Stop and Search, and boy, how the 43 Forces complied.

The chart above is not quite complete, but is within about 5% of being complete

Today I read the latest advice from the Federation regarding pursuits, I won’t bore you with all of it but the bullet points are;

The IPCC has recently directed a force to bring proceedings against an officer for Gross Misconduct for careless driving. Gross Misconduct is conduct that would justify dismissal.

In response to this the Federation advised accordingly;

  • Officers have a sworn duty and must uphold that duty.
  •  Officers should drive in a way which is lawful and does not contravene the laws odangerous or careless driving.
  • Officers are advised not to undertake any manoeuvre which may well fall outside the standard of the careful and competent non police driver

The third point is quite telling.  Are the Federation really advocating that officers drive to the standards of your average Granny or Granddad?  No disrespect to grandparents, I am one, but I would expect Police Drivers ‘on a shout’ to drive very differently to me.

The results of this advice, if followed, are that it will take officers longer to arrive at your emergency, it will take them longer to assist their own colleagues, or other Emergency Services personnel, who have encountered problems.

IPCC, DPS/PSD and CPS seem reluctant to adopt a pragmatic stance and, as seen above, the IPCC directed a Force to instigate Gross Misconduct proceedings which can, and normally do, result in dismissal.

If there is evidence that an officer has committed a Road Traffic Act offence then the CPS are perfectly able to initiate Court proceedings and seek to obtain a conviction.  The IPCC stance smacks of something far darker.

I will always expect our Police Officers to operate within the law, and the law does allow them certain exemptions, but our revered professional bodies obviously don’t think that is sufficient.

The Police Service of England and Wales is being turned into 43 Constabularies of Toothless Tigers.
Well done Mrs May, it seems like you are getting your way.

Crisis? Wot Crisis?

I am no Economist. Domestic or International, I am not your man.

However, I do like to think that  I can recognise a crisis when I  see one.

The Police Service is most definitely an organisation in crisis.  Leaves have been cancelled, and by that I mean that PC Jones has been  told that he/she cannot go on holiday with his/her family this summer.  I have heard from several sources that Cressida Dick has informed her officers in London exactly  that.  Unprecedented.

This in addition to normal Leave Days in mid-week and weekends have been cancelled.  On top of this officers are regularly working 12-16 hour shifts. Not the greatest of ideas if those officers happen to be driving  high performance cars at speed  through our streets.  The current policy of single  crewing means they don’t have the option to share the driving duties with their partner cos they don’t have a partner any more.

Do we really need physically and emotionally exhausted firearms officers on extended tours of duty.The?

I fully accept that Theresa May and her government could  not reasonably have foreseen the dire times we find ourselves in, but they should have anticipated  that something would happen in the future.  I was always told “you don’t get paid for what you do, you get paid for what you might have to do”.  Following that principle we should always maintain a Police Service that is robust and resilient enough to deal with anything such as we have seen  recently.

The reason that we are in this situation is easy to see.   THERESA MAY

It was Theresa May who went ahead with the draconian cuts and all words of warning re  the consequences were met with “stop ctying wolf” “it”s not all about the numbers” accompanied by a total refusal to listen.  Well it is all about the numbers.  Some things simply need numbers to achieve, like dealing with several  major incidents at the same time.

The NHS is also in crisis, brought about by Cameron and Hunt, and continued  by May and Hunt.

The Fire and Rescue Service are also in crisis , budgets slashed , Fire Stations closed and sold off, Fire Engines mothballed or sold off.

The Armed Forces are at their lowest levels since WW2, a level that most people are uncomfortable with I’m sure.

I have just heard that the Police Funding Formula has been scrapped. Good news for the larger Forces like the Met, but not for the smaller and rural Forces .  Don’t just scrap the Funding Formula as s knee-jerk panacea,  do a complete U Turn and restore the appropriate numbers to our Police, NHS, Fire Service and Armed Forces.

Quite simply, find the money from somewhere and reverse your draconian and disastrous cuts. Start listening to those who actually know and can advise you properly of the consequences.