I must have missed the headlines & front-loaded TV News reports on this one, but a few days ago another police officer was shot in south Croydon.
The unarmed officer (i.e. 99%+ of all officers) was called to a routine report of people acting suspiciously. On arrival three men made off. The officer gave chase when one of the men pulled out a gun & shot him. Fortunately, (or unfortunately given that it could have missed all together) the officer was shot in the arm, his injuries were not life threatening.
Met Police Commander Tony Eastaugh said: “I am outstandingly proud of our officers who put themselves in positions of danger on a daily basis to protect the communities of London.Ã‚Â It is sad that an unarmed officer has been shot whilst performing his duty to the public. Our thoughts are with him and his family.”
Nice to see a departure from the usual community reassurance message with a total lack of support for the officer concerned that we normally get from these incidents from senior officers.
The injured officer is the second to be seriously injured in Croydon in the last two months. A plain clothes officer Ã‚Â was stabbed when he stopped a gang of youths in May.
We know there are thousands of guns in the hands of criminals and thugs who are willing to use them on police officers and each other without a second thought. Yet we still expect officers to confront them with nothing more than a bit of stiff plastic and a few stern words. Not much good against bullets & pointy things when you least expect it.
Those two officers are typical of the ones the government is taking money away from in the form of wage freezes and pension attacks.