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Public confidence in Britain’s police at all time low

Public confidence in Britain's police has never been lower

Public confidence in Britain’s police has never been lower

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”.

Really?

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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7 Responses to Public confidence in Britain’s police at all time low

  1. meridiana
    January 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

    In my quite extensive experience of the police (both from within and as an outsider) I’ve seen dishonesty, deception, theft, bribery, bullying, violence, sexism, racism, arrogance and every other shade of corruption. Of course, there are good people amongst them too, but many soon leave, others are themselves corrupted while others stick it out and behave honourably.

    The prevailing macho ‘canteen culture’ which is rarely challenged is a big obstacle. So are the very poor recruiting standards (where unsavoury characters with psychopathic personality disorders are put into positions of power over, often very vulnerable, people). All new recruits should undergo stringent psychometric tests.

    A more recent problem is the obsession with meeting ‘performance targets’ – an open invitation to corruption and ‘creative’ policing methods. They are supposed to uphold the law and human rights, but only too often ideas of justice and truth are alien to them – and even seen as the enemy. Hypocrisy rules!

    Gradually, the public are getting wise to the fact that the police aren’t quite what they’re cracked up to be. The spinning cogs of their increasingly-busy media machine are beginning to creak, but as long as we continue to vote for politicians of a similarly low calibre, I can’t see serious change happening soon. There’s still a lot of blinkered I’m-alright-Jack apathy out there, still too much blind faith in our ‘democratic’ system (which is anything but) and still too many deluded believers who view any criticism of their wonderful, god-like, brave ‘boys in blue’ as heresy and unpatriotic.

  2. Chris Knight
    December 31, 2012 at 2:02 am

    I have only come into contact with the Police regarding motoring ans some crimes regarding damage to my property. They do lie. Had my car door kicked in by a drunk, whilst driving on a main road, tried to report that, but the Police did not take notice (£500 damage). I have seen this same drunk about town – should I bring him in like the wild west – If he tries it again I will just run him over. 🙂

  3. Clive Pritchard
    December 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    A black mate of mine was killed with a single blow to the head, by a cop who was later forced to resign after being convicted for racial assault. In the coronors I couldseenosign of remorse in his expression, more like he looked smug, and swaggered past my mate mother and family. It was very upsetting, and provacative.
    Since before that I have seen the truth, but since them I have watched the list of deaths in custody grow at a disgusting rate. When I try to get support for an accountable police “service” I am told I am a cop hater. There are some good cops, and they are very brave, but powerless. Ian Tomlinsons killer had been reported by other cops for using excessive force, to no avail. When that case came to light,inspite of the police misinformation most of us with personal experience were not to hopeful, inspite of the video evidence, which says it all really. Where will you find 12 jurors brave enough to convict such a monster, when the force is with him, and they know where you live?
    Thank you for this article, best I have seen yet on the subject.

  4. Richard McMillan
    December 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    They have had the attitude that without the world would be lawless. The senior officers are generally University fast track graduates. These people have never walked any streets or understand life. They have introduced point scoring systems and targets. This is not new, as a kid we knew never to cause trouble at the end of the month, like riding a bike on the pavement or standing outside a shop mob handed (4) because it was an invitation for the Bill to stop and Talk to you.
    I hope we dont have many children disappearing overseas because it will be a freebie for a number of coppers.
    As for Mr. Vaz he should have been arrested years ago for expenses fraud, he is worse than the coppers for his actions.
    However I don’t think it will change until we have a professionally trained police force not full of University grads. Change IPCC thats full of retired coppers and bootlicking liberals.
    The recent election for Police Chiefs was further proof that the English are sick of the current set up.

  5. Voice of Experience
    December 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I despair that a once trusted police force ahoudl now be a bunchvof uniformed bully boys. It really is Germany all over again and everyone seems too blind or too unwilling to admit it.

  6. Aremus
    December 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Sad but true. And you’re right when you say we only have ourselves to blame.

    Great article though! Question is, how do we fix this?

    • Andy
      December 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      It’s all down to who has the biggest gang – throughout history this has always been the case and was used to instill fear and control.

      Armies usually have the largest closely followed by the average police force who spend 53 mins doing paperwork and 8 mins in the hour zipping around in their 50k cars! looking for any minor infraction to get their conviction (Sorry – investigation) rates up!

      Our local beat bobby when I was a kif instilled an air of respect and most of the kids in the area felt the same, now I would say that the police are a target themselves, if they get arrested, just cry ABUSE!…you will get let off then (give me my free phonecall to the nspcc or childline).

      Or am I just being Synical?

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