Police under pressure

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?

Mark Duggan

There is again a lot of hysteria and vitriol about the verdict of the killing of Mark Duggan. His death was said to have sparked the riots occurred in London and they spreading to various cities in the UK in the summer of 2011.

I don’t understand how someone could possibly know what happened in this incident without hearing evidence from those at the scene. The jury has sat and listened to three months of information. Some of which won’t be published in the press.

I myself have experience of when something has gone wrong in life and all I wanted was the truth to be told. I didn’t ever say that I was right or hold automatic decision of how something was going to conclude. You have to explore all areas and be open to what ever is decided.

Acting and responding to outcomes without decorum and dignity for me shows true natures of someones personality. The riots were a reflection of peoples lack of morality. It wasn’t a protest to what they thought was an injustice it was mindless thuggery and opportunism.

This isn’t to say that serious questions shouldn’t be asked of the police’s roll in gathering vital and sensitive information and using this correctly. Police should have been questioned and not allowed to pass on written statements in such serious cases. I believe now that the law has been changed so the are compelled to give face to face interviews.

The majority verdict was given that the police officer believed his life was in danger and therefore took the decision to shoot. It wasn’t a drive-by-shooting and they randomly picked a target. Mark Duggan wasn’t executed as has been claimed. The information on the case has been presented and the jury has reached it decision. If there is ANY other additional information that could change the case then that should be presented.

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Still grumpy

Gari Wellingham

UK-based musical theatre geek previously living with a brain tumour!