Community Policing: Ur doin it wrong.
September 24, 2010 2 Comments
The timing couldn’t be more perfect.
It’s like South Yorkshire police have a sixth sense about when best to unleash their lunacy on an unsuspecting public.
Police have broken their ‘psychological contract’ with the public to keep the streets clear of anti-social behaviour, the country’s most senior officer admitted yesterday.
Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Stephenson accepted beat patrols had been neglected and officers left behind desks, in cars or left doing ‘social work’.
The Metropolitan Police Commissioner supported the call for the public to join the fight against yobs, saying they should be confident officers will back them.
I think when they say ‘yobs’, they must mean parents dropping their disabled kids off at school.
Police have been accused of being ‘heavy-handed’ after sending a riot van to hand out parking tickets at a disabled school.
Parents were stunned when the vehicle pulled up as they were helping the children in wheelchairs from the school to their cars.
Officers were accused of being ‘rude’ for dishing out on the spot penalties as they waited at Hilltop Special School in Maltby near Rotherham.
One of the victims Dave Phillips was handed a £30 fixed penalty when he stopped for five minutes to pick up his wheelchair bound son Matthew, aged 16.
He had driven 15 miles from his home in Retford, Nottinghamshire, and parked outside the school before being confronted by a police woman.
He said : ‘The police response has been heavy handed – and it’s the kids they are penalising not us. The police behaviour was unpleasant and completely unnecessary.
‘Nine officers and a police van created an intimidating atmosphere around the school.
I was approached by a young policewoman who told me to "move" – not "excuse me sir" — it was just a total ignorant attitude .
‘I explained to the officer I was going to park here for five minutes to get my son. I said ‘He’s a wheelchair user and we have got a side loading lift’, – "not my problem" was the reply, "move it" so I said "no, I’m stopping here I’m going to put my son in."
South Yorkshire police said tackling ‘inconsiderate parking’ in the area was now a priority.
And they wonder why an increasing proportion of the public think that the police can go fuck themselves.
This is the same South Yorkshire Police, we should remember, who arrested and charged Paul Chambers for sending a joke tweet about an airport, which resulted in his conviction. His appeal is ongoing.
Oh and it could well be that there’s something in the police’s assertion that these parents were parking inconsiderately, but the police are supposed to treat members of the public with respect, and they fail on that count, time after time.
A disgrace to the nation, and another legacy of Labour.