Thursday, 4 June 2009

The State of the Police

My weekly posting is out on Police Oracle today where I look at comments made by Judge Bray and Mr Sinclair of The Tax Payers Alliance. They believe that the public do not bother to call the police for minor crimes because they have no confidence officers will attend, and so take matters into their own hands. Can this be true?
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  1. Dear Inspector Leviathan, I can only agree with the comments of Judge Bray. I am an ex police officer having served 30 yrs with Merseyside Police retiring in 2004. I now work for a company that deals with amongst others complaints about the police. There seems to be a growing number of police personnel that think they are god and make the law up as they go allong. As more support staff are employed in police roles, generally they do not have the experience of speaking with the public to get the best evidence. The general attitude is 'We are the police and will tell you what you can do'. It seems that with government targets the less time the police have for the public, so the public service is decreasing along with public support

  2. The fact that the family did not actually call the police in the first place, might lead one to ask what other "evidence" the Judge relies on when he is making his decisions?

  3. It's a pretty lame excuse anyway, "We didn't call the police because we didn't think they'd come, so the three of us went to his house and kicked his head in". I don't think Judge Bray fell for it as much as his summing up suggests, because they all got suspended sentences, fined and a few hundred hours community service. Nice try though.