The Policing Debate - A Debate with many adding their opinions apart from those who matter, the very people who receive the Service – The Public!
It has been an interesting week in the Policing world again in the UK. Starting at the beginning of the week we saw the Policing cuts debate in the House of Commons which was voted through after stern debate by the opposition’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.
The debate was overshadowed by the weekends Murder of a colleague from the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) in Omagh by an under car bomb. Dissidents were thought to be behind the terrorist murder. PC Ronan Kerr who was at the beginning of his career was buried on Thursday. Protect Our Police opened a book of condolence which can be signed here Later in the week information was shared with the media that Dissidents were planning atrocities against other Officers of the PSNI at the rate of 1 a fortnight. Anyone with information regarding this Murder or threats from Dissidents are urged to call either the PSNI Tel: 028 8225 6659 or if you wish to remain anonymous Crime Stoppers Tel: 0800 555 111
A further Police related report was also published bringing the total now in circulation to 3! Peter Neyroud published his report into Training and Leadership within the Police Service which looks set to change the structure of the service and the Office of Constable.
It’s comforting to know that after launching our Petition for a Royal Commission last weekend that the Police Federation of England & Wales has now joined the cause. Simon Reed, Vice Chair PFEW has started a campaign for Police Officers to send a post card to YOUR MP requesting they sign the EDM for a Royal Commission into Policing. We now have over 300 signatures in just 1 week! If YOU are reading this and haven’t signed it go here
We have also had the Home Secretary launching a timescale for the Policing reform which starts this month with negotiating with the Police Negotiating Board. Theresa May has set out that she wants this negotiating to end by July, a tall expectation given how many proposals she has brought to the table!
In the media there is fierce debate regarding Policing Commissioners with articles in the Sunday tabloids regarding those who have put themselves up for the post! But is it all ‘show’? An eclectic mixture of Celebs, MPs, Ex Police Chiefs amongst the VIP list! Who would YOU choose?
Another week of the Police headlining media coverage but what has really changed?
Societies fear that the Police will not be able to do their job? MPs losing further respect over their argument that the Policing budget, just 1% of the UK income needs to be cut by 20%?
3 reports to reform the Police Service, a service which works only with the public’s consent are still lacking public consultation. When do the public have a say in what they want for THEIR Police Service?
Towards the end of the week we asked for public to give us their thoughts. Here is just one reply from a person who identifies as Bruce in Blairgowrie Scotland: -
“The cuts will only increase crime in the long run.
I would like to see an independent body investigating police complaints as the police investigating the police is wide open to corruption and violations.
Police Chiefs needs to see what is happening on the streets before they write reports. They always look good as paperwork exercises.
Many Tayside police officers are a disgrace to their uniforms, they are corrupt uniformed thugs, they constantly abuse the legal rights of individuals and have total disregard for their senior officers, one even stating that “formal complaints are a joke as all we always get is a slap on the wrist”, why would you respect such ignorant and arrogant officers, their management are as bad by protecting them!”
Our Forums will be up and running soon where we would like YOU to constructively debate the Police Service whether a Police Officer or member of the public.
In the meantime sign our Petition for a Royal Commission into Policing here
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