I’ve always said that we are our own worst enemy when it comes to the press & good news about the job.
For many years we treated the press with suspicion, often with damn good cause, to be fair. We always feared the worst when it came to press reporting of incidents we were involved in and refused to discuss matters, so the press made it up (some of the time).
Mind you, even when we did talk to the press they still make it up. I used to liaise with the press quite often in my old division. I lost count of the amount of times I’d read “PC Weeks said…..” and I’d said nothing of the kind, they’d made the complete quote up. Fortunately, it was never an important issue & often was just some kind of crime prevention message which the editor thought the readers ought to hear.
There was some news of a good job today in the press. I heard it on the radio. PC John Nash chased & captured a suspect in Rochdale.
Unfortunately, as he did so he slipped on some wet grass & slid into a bush. A branch of the bush pierced his eye & went so far into the socket it was touching his brain. Go and have a look at the X-ray on the Telegraph’s website, if you’re not of a nervous disposition, to see how lucky the officer was to actually survive.
Apparently he didn’t realise the seriousness of the slip until his suspect looked at him & told him he needed to go to hospital.
The officer was fresh out of training in his first week on the streets. They must breed them tough up in Rochdale. Professional footballers would do well to take an example out of PC Nash’s books, they don’t know what being injured at work is.