November 16th, 2010

One good turn deserves another

Posted in The Job - General by 200

as you’ll see in this clip…

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3 comments

  1. Brother Random says:

    Is this level of discretion still available to the UK officer or is he forced to do the callous thing?

    Also, how many “Police Corruption!” “The next step is taking bribes and beating witnesses!!” comments will you get?

    November 17th, 2010 at 07:49

  2. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Brother Random has it I reckon. The micro-analysed, trial-by-media world that is the lonely home of the modern police service means that a kind gesture like this is more likely to be punished than celebrated.

    It`s only ‘doing the right thing’ when it can be recorded, counted, and measured against last years tally of ticky-boxes.

    A tragic waste of talent.

    What better to get all those ‘communities’ on side that allowing a glimpse of kindness and discretion to influence behaviour now and then. If police are seen as relentless, unthinking, uncaring robots people will respond in kind.

    Here I will trot out my theory about the confusion between ‘consistency’ and ‘fairness’. People think if they don`t get precisely the same treatment as someone in similar circumstances that they have been treated ‘unfairly’, the truth is often that they have indeed been treated fairly, just not consistently.

    It`s not a co,pletely rounded theory I grant you, but there is a distinction there and when you look for it you`ll find lots of other examples in the news. Student protests about grants in one such.

    November 17th, 2010 at 19:07

  3. Bill in Canada says:

    A classic! :-)

    November 17th, 2010 at 21:43

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