March 16th, 2011

Difficult choices

Posted in The Job - General by 200

If we’re going to lose many more officers, someone is going to have to tell people that we don’t really need to be sending officers to things like this.

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  1. Aaron says:

    I think there is something more fundamental here. Do the public want beat officers, who I assume are responsible for this, or just response teams.

    It is questions like these which make me think elected police chiefs would be a good idea.

    March 17th, 2011 at 02:37

  2. MPS Probie says:

    I don’t have an issue with going to such matters as a Response officer – although it’s obviously a long way down the list of priorities. It’s the insinuation in the press that the police were effectively fascist child abusers by challenging the behaviour of the children and their parents. Some reports suggest that a member of the public tried to deal with the situation without involving the police, and was told where to go.

    It’s interesting to note that even Daily Mail readers are largely supportive of the police action, despite the media attempts to hype it up as police brutality.

    March 17th, 2011 at 04:42

  3. anon Rob says:

    A pair of sweet kids picking a few pretty flowers for their parents when there are hundreds of flowers doesn’t need police action.
    A couple of little brats destroying the flower beds while their parents look on unconcerned does need action.

    The thing that makes me think it’s the latter is that the police watched for 20 minutes.
    That’s a long time to be picking flowers, even for a child.

    I think it was a good response too.
    I assume it was a slow day so the police weren’t needed anywhere else, they had a few words. No need for arrests, just a pleasant little threat of action.
    Job done – minimal paperwork.
    The nice family have either learned a valuable lesson and go away happy or the nasty family have been told to behave in no uncertain terms.

    If I were a betting man I’d suggest that the family involved decided to cash in on the situation by calling the press. I wonder if they were paid for their story.
    I’d also take a guess that a councillor and two cops are sensible enough to know the difference between a few kids picking a few flowers and a full on destruction of the flower beds .. . . hmmmm… I wonder if the family has a small business selling bunches of flowers.

    March 17th, 2011 at 10:01

  4. Ted says:

    Reminds me of a cxall years ago about street footballers.

    I explained to the caller that

    1. Street football wasn’t, in itself, against the law.

    2 They weren’t on the street it was a shared use grassed area.

    3 They were not shouting or swearing and the sound made when their feet kicked the ball didn’t count as a diosturbance.

    4 As they were 6 or 7 years old I tnhought it quite reasonable they were playing in sight of the building and not in the local park.

    5 And finally I wasn’t going to speak to them and warn them.

    I didn’t go anywhere near the kids. This resulted in my inspector having to see the caller after he complained about my neglect of duty. Sometimes you can’t win.

    March 17th, 2011 at 10:32

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