The silent majority…


It is, IMHO, very easy to become cynical and defensive in my job. The constant bombardment in the me-me-me-meja, no doubt on the instructions of the most spiteful government in living memory, of anti-police stories is depressing enough to make even the hardiest souls turn to the darkside.

The moment the Police do ANYTHING the action is picked apart and hammered… ‘Police don’t do anything about the expenses scandal’, was the cry -but remember how the collected media reacted to that famous PACE sec 18 in an office in the house? Not well… When Police exercise restraint, they are soft and useless…when they grab people they are ‘heavy handed’…

However, I feel I must mention the ‘silent majority’.

They are the people that:

Pay for everything… Comprise the bulk of the victims of crime…and are the target for the criticism of the minority groups-the vocal minority…

They are the people that look to the NHS for medical care; to the Fire/rescue to help them and the police for protection…

I firmly believe they are behind us, trust us and respect us.

They want us to:

Sort out villains; knock drunks/arguing idiots’ head together; make criminals scared of us…they don’t mind us being armed with TASER or firearms…(they go on holiday to countries with armed police after all)…

…equally, they want us to be honest, fair and sensible.

They turn to us when they are in trouble…calling us in their hour of desperation like the chap whos wife was dying and he felt that he was being ignored…same with the chap calling about the porn movie at the nude at exhibition…

For me, they are the reason I do this job…and to them I salute you.

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11 responses to “The silent majority…

  1. Having recently returned from a few months traveling in the USA I was amazed how positive there media was about not only the armed forces but also the police. Positive news stories ran every night on TV and papers. The police chases were televised by local news channels always seemed to end in crashes but the reporters were still pro police ” that’s what happens when you run from the police” was the usual comment.
    On New York I twice saw people thanking police officers randomly while they waited for food.
    I agree completely it is a media/ government agenda that is/ has crippled policing in the UK but they don’t care. The MPs have shares in private security firms while the press are either lazy or just towing the line while the whole Leveson thing gets sorted out.

    It needs the silent majority to start shouting the odds otherwise the corrupt or loony left will always be pushing there own deluded agenda forward at our expense.

  2. Every year my work takes me to a remote part of Sweden, where apparently there are two police covering an area about the size of Norfolk. (That’s two, not two per shift) That makes me appreciate what we’ve got here in terms of cover. Mind you, the price of alcohol helps restrain the Swedish beer monsters to an extent, so there’s a bit less anti-social behaviour in evidence.

  3. Brief Encounter

    Well I’d be happy to accept your salute and to return it. Thank you for what you do for me, you make me feel safe.

  4. I am one of the silent majority
    the ones who like you go out to work, pax tax, and act responsibly and care about others, and you have my eternal gratitude and thanks
    I think all police officers should have a tazer, and frankly they should all be armed, I also think that the responsibility of wearing a gun is not taken lightly by those who carry them,and its very much a last resort, but like a seatbelt or an airbag one you need for the job, I expect that one or two people would complain about the good old days when coppers had a wooden stick, but its not the good old days and dealing with desperate and often unhinged people using weapons would mean that you might have a chance to go home to your family, its taken the building trade a few years to up the standard and make people responsible but how about a conviction for corporate manslaughter naming a chief constable or politician when a copper is killed ?
    it bloody did it for the building trade and stopped many greedy out of touch directors passing the buck ?

  5. Yes, thank you from me, too, to you and also BE.

    All the talk of “the best police service in the world” annoys me. It used to be, it really could be, but it has been strangled by successive governments. We have some of the best people, training and principles. And some of the worst leadership.

  6. Completely agree with everything that has already been said!
    Luckily things have never been so grievous that I’ve had to ring. Police have a brilliant habit of being in the right place at the right time. On one night (before I worked them) things got incredibly hairy and I had a wave of relief upon seeing a huddle of bright yellow. So thanks to everyone but a shout to those in reading/london/plymouth out on fri/sat night.

    Most people recognise it for the spin that it is, realise it isn’t the full story and appreciate the difficult position of being criticised whatever you do. The view of the newspapers is mostly only theirs ie. criticism of woolwich police actions. Although really think the fed should get a pr person to get more pro police stories out there though – like the pd statement one!

    Being cynical and defensive shows you still care. Sorry you’re taking such a battering atm it is ridiculous. But blogs and comments get your side across and is one of the best ways to counter it. So keep it up and thanks =)

  7. Ive always found that theres generally pro police stories in the local newspapers whilst the national rags are generally anti.it may be that the nationals are all london centred and the islington dinner party mafia that comprise their ranks really dont like us,whilst the local journalists,the crime desk guys,need a good relatuonship with old bill and also the smaller the area the more you notice crime and want the police to get a grip of it.thats my two pennys worth on it anyhow

  8. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it’s easy sport for the media, so they continue with their lazy anti-police stories and keep getting away with it.

    Our senior management teams (or ‘leadership’ teams as they like to call themselves these days) never stand up for officers through fear of it adversely affecting their next, much-desired, promotion.

    Instead of pointing out how it can ALWAYS be possible to criticise ANY police action or inaction, and then defending the actual decision process, they trot out the tired mantra of accepting any criticism and promising that “lessons will be learnt”.

    E.g. drunk female asks response car to give her a lift home because she’s spent up, the family members who were with her have all fecked off and last bus has gone. Police refuse, said female regrettably falls victim to … well, you know the scenarios. Police are criticised for not helping this vulnerable female, and “lessons will be learnt”.

    What if they HAD given her a lift home? When the sole response car for the town was four miles away and wasting tax payers money by giving a ‘pretty blonde’ (if I can be Mail-esque for a moment) a ‘free taxi ride’ (sorry, I’m in Mail-mode now) home, another girl was attacked in the town and the response was delayed because they couldn’t just drop off their passenger in a country lane.

    Now, the questions are: “So the police were giving a pretty blonde (nudge nudge, wink wink) a ‘lift home’ (their inverted commas), thereby leaving the town without police cover – what an easy choice for them to make! The lazy, sexist sods!

    Etc

    But SMT don’t point this out.

    “Lessons will be learnt”, however.

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