I have been watching a programme of the same name ‘police under pressure’. It follows a team in Yorkshire investigating alleged crimes against young girls in their community. What struck me most of all about this programme was the lack of concern and compassion for the girls in question. It was almost as if the police were investigating these crimes and they really couldn’t be bothered.
The police were highlighting in the program that the force was under pressure with government cuts and the sort of investigations were costing them a large amount of their budget. They were a pains to point out that staff had been moved from murder investigations to these crimes involving grooming and child protection.
What struck me the most about this programme was the amount of failures the police force had admitted in tackling this sort of crime in previously years and decades.
Their surveillance and interviewing technique lacked any relevance to the 21st century and didn’t once mention using social media and networks. Rather relying on one PSCO to hand out photocopied leaflets in a desperate attempted to find girls that had gone missing.
All in all didn’t instil any confidence that tackling this horrendous crime. Their attitude towards the girls was certainly telling would they really be so complacent if it had boys instead of girls?