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Thread #96905 Message #1909395
Posted By: GUEST,smiley
14-Dec-06 - 09:34 AM
Thread Name: BS: UK Police Should We Expect More
Subject: RE: BS: UK Police Should We Expect More
I'm just your bog standard, working class, middle aged bloke, brought up to have respect for the law and the people who are there to enforce it and protect me. I've never been in any real trouble and get on with my life in a fairly anonymous way, along with the vast majority of my fellow citizens. I've no axe to grind with authority and want to support the law abiding AND those who may have been less fortunate than me and found themselves in trouble for one reason or another.
So why is it then that I have completely lost confidence in the police? Could it be that in my dealings with them, sometimes on a professional level, I have found them patronising, ignorant, superior, deaf and unconcerned. I see senior officers in the media spouting glib platitudes. Police officers that I have met socially have been racist, misogynistic and homophobic.
I recall seeing something on TV recently, at the time of some unrest in the black community in one of the cities. The local community leader was talking sense, he could obvously relate to the people who were in the middle of the hassle and there was no doubt in my mind that he could have made a contribution to sorting things out. the local police inspector was talking in that infuriating 'I was proceeding in a northerly direction......' speak, saying nothing, suggesting nothing othet than that the police would handle it in their way.
I've come to the conclusion that people who want to be police officers, by definition, are probably the worst people to be in the job. Think of the motivation for joining the police - why would anybody want to do it other than because they have a need for power, a good wage and pension, being part of a team, a uniform. I honestly do not believe that people do it out of a sense of doing good in the community.
The answer to the question is yes, we should expect more of our police. God knows how we're going to get it.