“We are clearing the decks, cutting the red tape, cutting back on bureaucracy, making it possible for policemen and women to spend far more time on the beat answering people’s inquiries, in touch with local communities – a visible presence on the beat so that more and more people will see a policeman or woman there and able to help them.”
Gordon Brown has said that more people will see more police officers on the streets under new reforms announced today. About time.
The word “police” has a specific meaning – it means to regulate, control and keep in order. That definition contains no reference to fannying about with bits of paper, typing out reports and being a desk jockey. It is an outside job.
Spygun sincerely hopes that we are at the dawn of a new policing era and that the consequence of this Government’s initiative will result in a long queue of wide-eyed innocents wanting to become proper policemen. We want policemen to be Policemen.
Brown said that the new policing Green Paper will “clear the decks” and cut down on bureaucracy so that officers can spend more time tackling crime. That must have come straight out of the Ministry of the Bleedin’ Obvious.
Speaking of “bureaucracy” – let us hope that this initiative is not stymied by Westminster bureaucracy. We are at a stage when it would make sense to give the police powers under emergency legislation so that they would not be subject to Westminster ruminations while more kids are knifed to death or maimed.
The number of Police statistical “targets” is to be downsized so that instead of chasing numbers, they will be chasing criminals. Wow!
Knife crime has shaken the government from its moribund ambivalence and the Prime Minister has made the most memorable and sensible statement of his tragic tenure.
Sometimes the numbers can be useful and they revealed that last year the police recorded 20,000 serious offences involving knives. That is why the solids have hit the air conditioning.
More stop and search, metal detectors and prison sentences smack not only of knee-jerk desperation but may increase the “caché” of carrying a Stanley knife or machete. Caution should be exercised – otherwise we will have the biggest game of “cat-and-mouse” ever devised.
Balance is what is needed at this stage and not overkill.
Last week there was talk of making parents responsible but there was no mention of them in the latest statements.
Let’s face it, knife carriers do not come from nice homes and are probably thick with equally hopelessly thick parents. A knife in an adolescent’s hand is just a willy extension. Men and boys with sad lives need willy extensions because the knife takes the place of self-respect and self-esteem. It makes them feel like a big boy.
They probably still live with their mum and/or dad and have absolutely no chance in later life but regrettably will one day reproduce and there will be another idiot on the streets talking about “respec”.
He says and writes “respec” not for cultural reasons but because he can’t spell it.