Recent revelations about the dishonest behaviour of Britain’s police are causing many members of the public to doubt the integrity and trustworthiness of officers. Hillsborough, revelations in the Leveson inquiry, inappropriate relations between the police and the press and the latest apparent dishonesty of police officers in the Andrew Mitchell affair (“Plebgate”) are causing people to seriously consider whether the police can in fact be trusted in anything at all.
It has also been revealed that in excess of 23.000 serving police officers have second jobs, despite official ‘rest days’ being for the reduction of alleged stress and ‘fatigue’.
With just over 201,000 people working in Britain’s 43 police forces, the Home Office has revealed that over 10% of actual police officers – not support staff – have a second job. That means that official, paid ‘rest days’ are simply an opportunity to make more money, often using skills and training paid for by increasingly hard-up taxpayers.
Police are allowed to have a second job provided their senior officers agree but this year has seen the number of official reviews into second jobs increase by 300%. Half of the officers involved were either sacked, forced to resign or received an official warning.
Jobs involved everything from selling child protection “expertise” to teaching self-defence; one officer was reportedly teaching pole dancing – presumably as a warm up before going out to arrest a supposed sex offender for offences allegedly committed 60 years ago.
TheOpinionSite.org, along with increasing numbers of the British public, has little faith in the integrity of the police. Dixon of Dock Green, the utterly trustworthy bobby, no longer exists – if indeed he ever did.
Young, arrogant and ambitious or – at the other end of the spectrum – coming up to retirement, over weight and fearful of their imminent loss of power, police officers in the UK have more unbridled power than any of their counterparts in other countries, especially in other EU member states.
British judges are frightened of criticising the police, so are the press, so are the politicians.
Those who make their money from “training” others in child protection, security, offending behaviour courses, rehabilitation and so on want the police to have even more power. The more power the police have, the more arrests there are and so the more work – and profit – there is for those ‘professionals’ involved.
At last though, at least one senior politician has spoken out; though in very guarded terms.
Keith Vaz, the chairman of the influential Commons Home Affairs Select Committee has said that the inquiry into Hillsborough and the result that thousands of previous serving and present police officers are being investigated, together with likely police dishonesty in the matter of “Plebgate” etc have “…dented public confidence in the police.”
TheOpinionSite.org suggests Mr Vaz could have been very much more honest by describing the following list as firm evidence that many police officers are liars, cheats, cynical and hypocritical criminals who are no better than those from whom they supposedly ‘protect the public’:
- The ability of police to use their “professional judgement” to override actuarial evidence
- The insistence by the police that they themselves should write witness statements
- Police failures to disclose evidence and police collusion with the Crown Prosecution Service
- Misuse of the Police National Computer
- Convictions or charges against police officers for child pornography, handling of Class A drugs, sexual offences and rape, deaths in custody, illegal use of force during protests, receiving unlawful or inappropriate payments from journalists, illegal retention of DNA and information from mobile phones, the unlawful harassment of sex offenders and other groups of offenders who cannot defend themselves, the criminalising of teenagers for allegedly sending ‘child porn’ to their friends (even though they are merely sending pictures of themselves)
- Lying in order to achieve a conviction or to deflect criticism
- Changing statements
- Fabrication of evidence
- Etc, etc, etc …..
The Home Office however has stated that public confidence in the police is “high”.
Such a statement is almost as dishonest as the police themselves, particularly as the ever more ambitious Home Secretary, Theresa May has not only confirmed that over 1,000 officers are still employed despite having a criminal record but also that public confidence is measured by the government’s own surveys rather than independent research.
May also admits that as early as next month she will bring measures before Parliament designed to address the integrity of the police. A strange thing to do if public confidence is so high and so many police officers are supposedly so honest.
TheOpinionSite.org recently spoke to a Public Protection Officer responsible for monitoring sex offenders and violent offenders in the community.
He told us that it was “…quite a good job really as you don’t have anyone breathing down your neck, you don’t have to do much and they won’t cut back on our numbers because of public opinion.”
Another, younger officer told us, “We don’t make the law but we have to enforce it. Blame the politicians not us. Our job is to arrest people and get a conviction.”
Actually of course, that officer’s job is merely to gather evidence and uphold the law.
It is the task of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to secure any conviction.
The officer’s attitude though is typical of those at the younger end of the scale; they enjoy throwing their weight around, playing with their expensive police cars and firing tazers at helpless people – and that is the view of some members of the select committee, not just TheOpinionSite.org.
The government talks about ‘brave police officers’ in the same manner as they talk about ‘brave victims’: With a healthy dose of political expediency.
The dishonesty is extended when one considers that many allegedly wronged individuals are automatically declared by the police to be ‘victims’ long before anything at all has been proved and when even after a police officer has been shown to have been breaking the law, he or she keeps his job and is free to continue to break the law again.
The City of London Police, the Met and other forces around the country all admit that where an officer really has to leave the force for breaking the law, it is cheaper to let them resign rather than spend money on expensive disciplinary procedures.
Prosecutions against criminal police officers are often not pursued by the CPS on the grounds of ‘not being in the Public Interest’ or ‘insufficient’ evidence.
Given all the above, it is obvious to any sane, reasonably intelligent person why public confidence in the police is at an all time low and most definitely not – as the government would have us believe – “high”.
Every society, in order to avoid a complete breakdown of that society, needs laws and people to enforce them.
Britain though has far too many laws; laws that are often hidden from the public until they are broken, are incomprehensible to the ordinary people who are expected to follow them and which needlessly criminalise individuals from the tender age of 10 years old upwards.
Britain has so much law because our parliament has nothing else to do all day other than create yet more of it.
In order to protect ministers when things go wrong, successive governments have stupidly given the police more and more powers over the public and more and more ‘operational independence’ whilst at the same time relying on trust that those powers will be used justly, fairly and correctly.
Instead of fairness, we now have a true Police State in Britain and a population that is either too stupid or too afraid to see it; until recently, a public that was completely delusional in the belief that all policemen are good, honest, public servants.
Only now, now that it is far too late, are the ordinary people of Britain waking up to the fact that an increasingly large number of policemen are dishonest, self-serving, money-grabbing power mongers.
The so called ‘professional judgement’ of police officers is flawed. Many officers believe that they are judge, jury and executioner rolled into one; which indeed it appears they often are.
However, it is the public’s own fault that Britain has the despotic police force it does.
It is the fault of ordinary people for ignoring the evidence in front of them, preferring instead to blame their dissatisfaction with their own life on those with criminal records, the unemployed, people on benefits and – when all else fails – sex offenders, Muslims, gays and immigrants.
It is the fault of those who, through revenge or the hope of monetary compensation, make false accusations against innocent people and by doing so, feed the power of the police; particularly where as recently, the allegation is one of a historic sexual nature, impossible to defend and is almost certain to result in a conviction and compensation being paid to the accuser.
In the investigation of Jimmy Savile, out of 500 “potential victims”, less than half the cases were actually pursued, just 7 people have been arrested and not one of them charged with any offence.
- So exactly where are the “500 victims who have been brave enough to come forward” so loudly trumpeted by the police and the NSPCC?
- Where is the evidence?
- Why has in excess of £2,000,000 of taxpayer’s money been spent on allegations of offences from 40 years ago ?
One may also ask:
- Why are the police so concerned with sexual offences? Why are the police insistent on arresting and prosecuting teenagers for sending pictures of themselves to each other?
- Why do the police want to monitor everyone’s email and Internet usage?
- Why is the Association of Chief Police Officers a limited company and unaccountable to anyone?
- Why are police officers so often allowed to keep their jobs after breaking the law when any other person would be prevented from working by a failed CRB check?
The answer to all these questions is simple:
Because the police are allowed to act without restraint and without proper accountability. They are keen to maintain public fear in order to show that they are needed in vast numbers and, in many cases, no real evidence and no real police work is needed in order to secure a conviction.
Andrew Michell, he of ‘Plebgate’ has been accused by the police of saying: (and we make no apologies for the direct quote):
“You are supposed to help us…you don’t run the fucking country.”
We believe that if Mr Mitchell did in fact speak those words to the police officers in Downing Street, he was merely telling the truth.
The police do run Britain. They wreck people’s lives with impunity, ruin promising futures and tear families apart. They do so because they can and because those in power are afraid to stop them from doing so.
Policing in Britain is supposed to be ‘by the consent of the people’.
TheOpinionSite.org is of the view that such public consent is fast disappearing. We also believe that the politicians, always keen to cash in on law and order policies, must be brave and honest enough to admit that police powers have gone too far and must be curtailed.
Our voice may be crying in the wilderness of political self-gratification and ambition but it is nevertheless a truth that if the police are allowed to continue in their current behaviour, Britain will further dissolve into a land of unrest and distrust, just as Germany did 60 years ago.
The fact is that ordinary families who were once prepared to believe that the police were never wrong and who were happy to ignore the plight of those convicted of a criminal offence are today finding members of their own family being prosecuted; often unnecessarily and without any real evidence against them.
The problem is though that without a real signal of disapproval from a frightened public to equally frightened politicians, nothing may change.
In fact, it may already be too late.
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