Scotland Yard, London: An example of what Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Stephenson, admits as the 'psychological contract' with the public being broken, is when a tin of pink emulsion paint dumped over a two-year old silver Chevrolet and the deflation of the tyres by vandals, is now no longer a crime. On calling the Police, it was explained to the owner of the vandalised car, that no crime had been committed, because the paint could be washed off, the Police Officer said, and the tyres reflated.
Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Stephenson comments came after Chief Inspector of Constabulary Sir Denis O'Connor said officers had 'retreated from the streets' over the past 30 years. So now these "genius" police chiefs have identified the problem that was blatantly obvious to everyone else for years, what are they going to do about it....and that doesn't just mean 'hand wringing' rhetoric? Why have so many Police stations been closed? Enough of the rhetoric Sir Paul Stephenson, some members of the British public say, when will we see some action as talk is cheap?
Although these are hardly stunning statements, when the public has been saying this for years, it would appear that the police are only interested in money-making schemes - in other words, milking the motorist. It has been suggested that the Police do not even do that fairly. They will ignore unroadworthy cars, because they think the owners will be unable to pay, in order to target higher value cars, whose owners have more money.!!
It can be revealed that this started over 40 years ago and both O'Connor and Stephenson have been going along with it, starting and supporting their own little empires of specialist departments throughout their careers. Every so often these admissions crop up and nothing gets done. Government play their part by sticking there oar in and requiring some special squad or whatever to be set up to swamp something they think will get them votes. All the staff come off the street! They should be coming out of the HQs and do whats best for the public, not their careers.Too many forces, too many chiefs and administrators all looking inward.
Denial is the best form of defence for both police and local authorities. "We have no record of...." is a common and most used excuse by the police - why? If a call has been made to a police call-centre there must be a record, so how does the record disappear? Who has the authority to delete records and why?
In the Fife constabulary case "The police informed me that because I was able to remove the paint with a pressure washer and reflate my tyres, then no crime has been committed, not even vandalism." Right, so if anyone pours paint over a Fife police car and deflates its tyres while it is parked in a supermarket car park because the officers are shopping, then when they return they will have a good laugh about it? I think not.
What about the policeman who told Myleene Klass that she could be charged for waving a kitchen knife around in her own kitchen? Has he been fast-track promoted yet?
The problems started when senior police officers cow-towed to their political masters rather than maintaining the distance & neutrality which is supposed to exist between the police & the political administration. Once the nodding dogs capitulated, subsequent senior/middle ranking police just towed the line, and the front-line officer was left swimming against the tide of the PC brigade & the liberal left. There are two old sayings: you never appreciate what you have until it's gone, & once it's gone it's nigh on impossible to get it back. Respect & good old fashioned policing I fear is dead & buried. Police forces being run like businesses with senior management being given bonuses for meeting their targets was never, ever going to be in the best public interest.
The only people who have reason to fear the police are the law-abiding.
When the public see behaviours from the police including dragging a 70-year old motorist from his car after smashing the windscreen for no apparent reason, or flinging a 5 foot 2 woman into the cells and smashing her head open, or maybe prosecuting parents for picking-up their disabled children from school, what are they supposed to think?
Add to that, the ASBO yob culture who seem to be left to their own devices to terrorise the rest of the population.
No wonder the CPS is known as the "Criminal Protection Service"...
Things must be bad if the "police" have noticed!