Friday, 26 August 2011

Fear

I looked at this story this morning and knew it was significant - police officers are hardly ever jailed for anything, including manslaughter. Twelve months for letting-off a burglar is ... significant. But I couldn't quite put it together this morning. It came to me on the way home this evening.


They're scared.


When officers start shooting their men to encourage obedience, you know they're in desperate trouble. When rank and file police officers see their endemically corrupt seniors get away with gross peculation of public funds, taking lavish bungs from dodgy enterprises, rewarding themselves with bonuses that equal a constable's annual salary, consorting openly with known criminals and stumbling from one silver-braided circle jerk to another, what do you imagine happens to their commitment to risk themselves to protect the public? Senior officers are aware that they've alienated themselves from ordinary plods. So they're seeking to secure by fear the obedience they can't achieve by leadership. 


Likewise the draconian prison sentences that have crammed the jails with those guilty of the pettiest and most minor of thefts. It's fear. They're afraid. This isn't a regime secure in power and flexing its muscles; it's St Petersburg in 1917, it's Paris in 1789. In those places, the troops signaled the change by deserting; today, police officers are going off sick as though there's an epidemic about. I'll bet when the next Met sickness figures are out at least 20% of officers are now just sitting at home. Waiting.


So police bosses will use threats, bullying, intimidation and the making of examples to try to maintain discipline, but the more they try, the more they detach themselves from the rank and file plods who see their seniors' avarice and sense of entitlement for what it is. 

13 comments:

Edward Spalton said...

I would have said St. Petersburg 1905 rather than 1917 or Weimar Republic of the early Twenties.

Curmudgeon said...

It will rapidly get worse if they make Hugh Orde Met Commissioner.

Budgie said...

Order! Orde you're the next Met Commissioner!

Pavlov's Cat said...

I must admit the first ting that came into my head was 'pour encourager les autres'

SimonF said...

A few elected police chiefs will sort this out and the sooner the better.

cosmic said...

The executions will continue until morale improves.

Anonymous said...

Time for somebody to shoot this stupid sheriff?

How long would the potential thief have got if he had been arrested and charged? An ASBO maybe? The judicial system of the UK is totally stuffed with plonkers like this on the benches.

Andy B said...

Raedwald: a most interesting ananlysis and one that leads one down many potential paths trying to envisage the future.

I have friends who are serving Police officers, (not a role I could ever nor want to do) who for the most part in conversations ue have socially are quite literally pissed off and whose morale is at an all time low, I remember quite vividly with them all the zeal and enthusiam they had some 10 years or so ago when they swore their oath believing they could make a difference. I have some friends who are retired police officers which one could consider 'old school' who shake their heads in despair at the state of policing in Britain today.

all of them post McPherson/Tomlinson etc blame politicans and senior plods for the mess the whole system is in....

many express fear of the consequences of exercising their 'sworn' duty for fear of contravening some politically correct or equality diversity infringement that frankly in some cases can mean loss of livelihood.

and they all bemoan the nonsense of the rules around paperwork and beaurocracy that they have to operate under, one example being a friend plod who was e-mailed by a victim of 'harrassment' from his neighbour and he had to ask the victim to put the statement of another incident onto a word doc and then send it instead of just copying or printing out the e-mail as the rules said he could not accept such as evidence!

fear, yes fear in its many facets is a quite insightful conclusion, the ordinary plods fear transgressions of equality diversity and politically correct nonsense they are hamstrung by, knowing that even if they do succeed in getting a oonviction in a court that practically nothing will happen, 'so why bother' 'its not worth the effort' many feel now, so hence we get them going after the mostly law abiding honest poor and middle class, however we are now reaching a precipice ouselves in saying 'enough is enough'.

fear at the top is evident now, politically they have no answers being totally immersed in the 'bubble' but little shafts of illumination into the pandora's box they have shifted the lid on now is creeping in...

they have no answers, but we do, however they aren't listening and as I once read 'if they wont listen they need to be made to feel'

Anonymous said...

Politicos "pffsst".
Aristos.

Anonymous said...

Rules...
I was in an accident the other week. As my partner had to go to hospital, the PSNI officer on the scene gave me his details to contact him the moment I had a chance.
An bhour later, I rang his station...put through to the call centre somewhere else, they couldnt find the officer's name, doubted he existed, then they couldnt put me through to the station as that 'wasnt procedure now'...finally they established the officer did exist, but couldnt put me through to him as 'that wasnt procedure either'. They'd email him. I said it was urgent. That didnt matter, he could only be contacted by email, and he'd get back to me.
He did, 2 days later.

The all new singing and dancing PSNI
Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

"A few elected police chiefs will sort this out and the sooner the better."

It is well known that people who are elected are never corrupt.

DC

Kinderling said...

PC Michele Selby decides not to pursue a criminal conviction while preventing the crime - horray! Policing at it's best.

The criminal has to know authority is held with the local bobby and they then look over their shoulder rather than rebound back.

To raise the dead corpse of society you need a police officer who says "For I, too, am a woman under authority, with officers under me; and I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and she goes, and to another, ‘Come!’ and she comes, and to my criminals, ‘Do this!’ and she does it."

Today we have "I have to check with Commander Dick for this shift's policy of kill or be kind"

Ed P said...

Why do you think the plods are just losing respect for their superiors? Most of the ones I've seen are impatient to emulate the corruption & taking of bribes they see as acceptable perks for the upper ranks. It will take years to cleanse the force of this, if it's even possible. The dreadful Huge Ordure cannot and will not be able to do it and, if selected (in his made up & illegal uniform), with only hasten the destruction of what little there is worth saving.