UK POLICE FORCE IN DISGRACE OVER RISING NUMBER OF OFFICERS BEING CHARGED WITH CRIMINAL BEHAVIOUR – The Daily Mail has published an article on the growing number of police officers that are being disciplined due to criminal behaviour.
According to the article the level of crime being committed by our police officers has risen 56% between 2008 – 2012 and includes crimes of shoplifting, drug-trafficking and assault.
In the last five years alone there have been over 4,000 cases of police officers being disciplined or charged with varying offences and a number of crime charity organisations are worried that this continued trend will undermine public confidence further and erode the little respect that remains for our officers.
Full Story: Daily Mail
Meebal.com says… Let’s just break these figures down. If you take 4,000 offences and divide that number over the number of days for the 5 year period it comes out at nearly three offences per day.
Considering there are nearly 136,000 police officers in the UK that equates to one officer in 34 being disciplined or charged with a criminal offence. That’s nearly 3% of the entire police force that has been disciplined or charged in the last five years.
It certainly doesn’t look good and yet count how many times you see such stories in the newspapers on a daily basis and then count the number of times our politicians appear in the newspapers for varying offences including fraud, corruption, assault and other offences.
There are approximately 30,000 politicians in the UK at any one time which costs the taxpayer in the region of £750 million and that doesn’t even start to cover their expense accounts.
I can assure you if you undertook a similar survey it is most likely to result in over 30% of all politicians being involved, on an annual basis, of some form of criminality.
It is all too easy for the press to target a particular group but when it comes to our police officers they must remain exemplary in the eyes of the public if they are to command the respect and trust they rightfully deserve.
There is no such thing as a Utopian society; it’s a complete myth and no society is ever going to be free of a few bad apples. However it would be easy with this article to paint a picture where the entire police force are engaged in some form of criminal activity.
You might want to spare a thought for the poor bobby on the beat. Their salaries are not exactly lucrative and yet their job has to be one of the most difficult and stressful in the world.
Working in a multicultural society which is as diverse as it is in the UK is no easy feat. For a start there are the multiple language barriers not to mention the cultural differences. On top of that the police force is governed with a piece of legislation, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) which almost makes it impossible for a police officer to actually uphold the law.
I am not attempting to defend anyone one who engages in criminal activities but I refuse to accept that our police force is corrupt from top to bottom as the article has connotations of doing.
What I am suggesting is that we should appreciate the difficult and stressful job our police officers do on a daily basis; which is also often a thankless occupation.
Yes, let’s weed out the rotten apples but let’s not engage in a political witch hunt that tars all officers with the same brush.
It is all so easy for others to point the finger and I would challenge anyone to take up the position of a police officer and walk the streets day in, day out, where they are often subjected to abuse and yet, under the law, are unable to do anything about it.
Do you think British Police Officers are still viewed with respect? Do you think that our Police Officers have an easy job? Please leave your comments below.