I know this isn’t new news, but I needed time to mull this over, and now I’m ready to vent forth.
I’m concerned by the news, that the met police announced that there are a number of currently serving officers who failed their DRB checks, yet are allowed to wear the uniform, and have all the rights and privileges attaining to that high office, who in the name of all that is holy has ever thought this was acceptable?
Let’s face it, if you feel there is a need to call the police, you would expect the officer that is coming to assist you isn’t, as they say colloquially “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” The new head of the met is rightly speaking out and is promising to fix this. When I was school age, we were always told that if you ever feel in danger find a policeman or woman, you’re safe with them, these days I ask, who is safe, just because the uniform they are wearing should be a beacon of hope, of reassurance, now feels more like a beacon to avoid crashing into something even worse.
We live in a broken world with many people fractured, stressed, and scared, we need a police force that supports, and holds up the rights and rules of a just society I think there needs to be a root and branch moral and ethical review of how the met and the wider policing conduct themselves,
what criteria are used when searching for new recruits
how is training used to mould these recruits into becoming officers with integrity and moral standing
Are there regular reviews – holistic in approach
I want a police force that we can be proud of, that can be trusted and with the highest moral and ethical standing, and most of all, one that is accountable (no scapegoats) for its actions.