April 28th, 2009

Self respect?

Posted in The Job - General, Videos by 200

In often hear reports that the British public have lost respect for the police, or how they are losing respect almost on a daily basis. The recent G20 publicity has done nothing to alter this veiwpoint.

We have always been pretty poor at letting people know of our successes, about our bravery, about things we do well. We repeatedly fail to negate bad publicity with information which would squash inuendo, rumour & plain lies.

I wonder how much of this is to do with the fact that we don’t really respect ourselves.

I know this is one of my pet subjects that I mention from time to time, but the way we honour our dead leaves something to be desired. Check out the two websites below to see what I mean.

Police Memorial – UK

Officer Down – USA

Here’s how they do it in the States:

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  1. constableconfused.com says:

    We could never allow so many officers to attend a funeral, simply because we haven’t got enough. The video was a fantastic tribute but does highlight the differences between people who take the police seriously, in this day and age it is only our own, and everyone else. I will bet there will be nothing similar for the internment of our latest fallen colleague. A small headstone at the scene of his death MAY follow.

    I can’t imagine lines of Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra ever having the same effect even if they were there and not dealing with the after effects of Waynetta’s latest boyfriend leaving her.

    All respect for the sentiment and may his family get over their loss.


    April 29th, 2009 at 02:24

  2. Alpha Tango says:

    There was a time when other countries used the UK as a role model for education, transport, policing etc.

    Perhaps it’s time to take lead from others on how to do things honourably and properly, that includes pride and respect.

    A great tribute

    April 29th, 2009 at 06:23

  3. Fee says:

    God rest all their souls. That video really got me.

    Many years ago, I worked for a company which paid out pensions to RUC widows and orphans (among tens of thousands of others). The death certificates affected us every time – they were way too young.

    April 29th, 2009 at 14:43

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