August 16th, 2009

Just doing the Job

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Sometimes you just wish the police would just concentrate on catching criminals & locking up bad guys with a little bit of protection of life & property thrown in.

I suspect a large portion of society feel exactly the same way, and not all of them are Daily Mail readers.

A few years ago, someone decided that an important role of the police was to encourage society to accept  what became known as ‘diversity’. Different cultures, religions, races, sexual persuasions. No longer was it acceptable for people to ignore or criticise things with which they didn’t agree. It went further; we had to openly ’embrace’ these differences. And it was somehow the job of the police to engage in this social engineering.

Millions of pounds of tax-payers’ cash has been spent on this experiment. I don’t know if it has worked or not, or indeed, how or if any success is measured. I d know that it has caused much resentment both within the police & in the wider community. I’ve reported before on similar issues & I suspect I will be doing so for some time, until someone actually stands up & says that the police should concentrate solely on it’s core functions & those functions don’t include telling people how they should think.

The latest story in this trend is around the National Trans Police Association which is recognised and supported by both the Association of Chief Police Officers and the National Policing Improvement Agency. The aims of the group are to support serving and retired Police Officers, Police Staff and Special Constables with any gender identity issues ‘including, but not exclusively, Trans men, Trans women, people who are Transgender, androgyne or intersex and people who cross dress‘. The organisation currently has around 50 members. They recently opened a mobile police station handing out leaflets & balloons at Manchester’s Gay Village, a three-day trans-gender event.

It follows some criticisms of police officers being allowed to march in uniform at several Gay-Pride events in the last few years. Some forces are falling over themselves to get special gay-friendly employer awards from militant gay support group Stonewall.

Critics have accused the police are wasting time & resources on ‘politically correct’ initiatives. Tory MP Philip Davies said: “I don’t care if a police officer is gay, straight, trans-gender or whatever, I just want them to catch criminals. If they get any funds out of taxpayers’ income, that would be completely and utterly unacceptable. Everyone a few years ago said the police were institutionally racist. Now they are institutionally politically correct.”

Institutionally politically correct…I like that phrase.

ACPO said:  “Diversity staff associations play a key role in helping forces to effectively police our communities. Although ACPO regards its relationship with these staff associations as hugely valuable, ACPO is not responsible for the setting up or the running of staff associations.”

Joanna, a Daily Mail reader from Tunbridge Wells said: “The Brits need you to police our streets and do what you are paid for. Forget your sexuality and do the job“.

For once, I can’t help having some sympathy for the views of a Mail reader.

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