Archive for July 10th, 2011

July 10th, 2011

Cutting our choppers off

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Another week another way to save cash by decreasing the service to the public.

Apparently, there are 33 police helicopters up and down the country. They do valuable work; where would all those traffic cop-type programmes be without all the footage supplied by police helicopter units,  to any TV company that wants it?

Someone has worked out that forces which don’t share a helicopter could do so and they’d be able to  do away with ten whole whirlybirds.

Now, call be an old cynic, cut the number of traffic officers I don’t recall the motoring public getting a better service. When they cut the number of open police stations I can’t think of hearing about any phonecalls or letters from the residents saying what a brilliant service the force now offers. I don’t think forces which have merged firearms, traffic, scenes of crime  or dogs are saying how much extra coverage they get these days.

I think I’ll be on safe ground by suggesting that the chances of getting a helicopter to your job once the National Police Air Service is created will be a little worse than they are now.