Archive for the ‘Police’ Tag
Senior police offers are getting a bit twitchy at ate growing numbers of companies and communities employing private security to replace the beat bobby that went missing from our streets many years ago. Their concerns, and is some respects understandable concerns, are the powers given to some of these individuals and their unaccountability. We have all seen the way local authorities have abused the powers given to them, how long before the private police follow the same route.
Simon Reed of the Police federation said, ‘It’s the police who patrol public space and we should be very wary about giving those powers to private security companies’. Er, when was the last time he took a walk around our streets, many years ago I suspect. If he had he would know beat bobbies are rearer than hens teeth.
If the police are concerned about the growth of the private security service then I suggest they ask why the public feel it necessary to buy these services, why they consider their safety so important they will invest the time, effort and cost in contracting people to patrol their communities. The answers might just surprise them, the again they would have to stop wasting time and manpower going after easy targets and do some real police work.
It was pleasing to read that an official inquiry has found the arrest of conservative MP Damian Green during a police investigation into Home Office leaks was ‘not proportional’. The event was not just an extreme over reaction but also grossly exaggerated the risks posed by the leaks to try and justify the police actions.
Its a great pity that are not more official inquiries into some of the many time wasting arrests and prosecutions that go all the way to court only to be thrown out by a judge who realises that the lack of common sense was the only crime committed, and then by the police and CPS. Such cases make an all too frequent appearance in our newspapers, much to the shame of our justice system.
Perhaps if there were more official condemnation of these incidences the police would stop going after the easy, and innocent, targets and start tacking the individuals responsible for all the anti-social behaviour and helping the victims instead of ignoring them or passing the buck to local authorities. It may also start to rebuild public trust and confidence in the police, something which they are all to adept at loosing.
We are the most watched country in the world. There are CCTV cameras everywhere, in our city centres, in public buildings, on buses, in shops, no where is without the electronic eye spy. We are told they don’t just prevent crime but help provide evidence to convict criminals. The former is certainly true, although some observers say the criminals just move on to areas not covered by by the cameras.
The second benefit of helping to convict criminals has not been so successful, research recently published showed CCTV only helped to solve 1 in 1,000 crimes that were recorded. It seems the evidence provided by the cameras is insufficient or inadequate at helping to identify individuals, but more worrying is the fact that the police often fail to use the evidence the systems provide or just don’t bother to bring charges in the first place.
We often hear of crimes not going to court because of a lack of evidence, but not taking cases to court because they cannot be bothered is unbelievable. No doubt the police cannot be bothered is because its all too much trouble. Much easer to go after the soft targets, like the absurd cases you read everyday in the press. Lets hope the research has only identified an aberration and most police are still interested in catching real criminals.
The actions of the police at the G20 protests are becoming quite a story. As more and more evidence comes to light the more the press and public realise just how manipulative and poorly trained the police are when dealing with individuals who are unwilling to take a submissive stance towards their unreasonable requests. Criticism of police handling of similar protests is not new, but the public anger at there unprovoked attacks on lawful protesters is new and very welcome.
Some papers have already made the contrast with the reactions to the assaults on the public protesting against the ban on hunting. Its been assumed the middle classes can do without the public’s help in getting redress over the bloodied heads that featured in much of the press coverage. In fact, very little happened after the protests and even politicians were pouring scorn on the innocent victims of police brutality.
Perhaps the Home Secretary will put aside her expenses claims and spend some time investigating what has been common knowledge for quite a while, that police officers have been hiding their identity and swapping their numbers to avoid complaints. There can be only one reason for their actions, they intended to inflict pain and suffering on the public. These were deliberate acts and the miscreants must be punished. Or is that a bucket of white wash I see listed on the Home Secretary’s expenses claim.