Why can’t we afford to pay for policing?
It is one of those sixty million dollar questions that so many have failed to adequately and fully answer over recent years and months, me included probably…
I’ve long-held the belief that in certain respects, it’s also a question that many have not actually been minded to find a definitive answer to, until now.
Whilst successive governments were continually throwing money (that we didn’t actually have) at half-baked solutions to policing problems all was ok with our lot. However, many of those ‘solutions’ were in effect, devised by self-interested and self-motivated senior police officers who were happy to aquess to the demands of similarly motivated politicians. Now they’re all trying to pick up the pieces and find someone to blame!
The public purse is now finally empty and what do we do? We throw our hands in the air in disbelief, and seek to blame our predecessors whilst attempting to place sticking plasters over gaping wounds in the framework of our failing public sector. All because of money and mostly, because of how it has been wasted and mismanaged in the past. Add all the ‘new’ costs of policing, previously unknown or often ignored, to the resulting equation and you can finally start to understand the predicaments we face.
Back in January 2010 the Thin Blue Line grasped a politically hot potato and reported on a subject that too many shy away from. Many say or do nothing because of fear. Fear of being branded a bigot or racist or, they are simply worried about their personal career prospects after a run in with the diversity police.
In his article ‘The Uncomfortable Truth about UK Immigration’, the author (rightly) seeks to point out the many issues having a profound and negative impact upon policing costs, not to mention our nation and its society as a whole. Immigration policies as they currently stand, are in many ways, actually producing unseen (or unvoiced) negative impacts on our society.
European migrants are committing more than 500 crimes a week in Britain and officials are powerless to deport many of them…. (telegraph.co.uk)
Like the author of the following comments, I am more than happy to live and work in a multi-cultural society. I have friends and colleagues from all manner of ethnic and religious backgrounds. I embraced the value of diversity long before anyone told me I had to, or face the consequences of criminal prosecution. However, as Steve Bennet points out, perhaps the time has come for us to rethink some of our policies on immigration?
The Thin Blue Line: …There are those that say (including certain diversity obsessed Chief Officers of Police), that crime has not risen disproportionately when measured against the population increase. HOGWASH! The fact remains, that these are additional crimes committed by visitors to this country, who abuse the hospitality and generosity extended to them. At the moment, the criminal fraternity, including the law breaking element of the foreign national community is laughing at the farce of British justice… (Read more)
Irrespective of the undoubted negative impacts upon the public purse, failure to finally do something about the issues is no longer an option, it simply plays into the hands of the warped minds behind such bigoted and misguided far right organisations like The British National Party and extremist English Deffence Legue. More importantly at present, it also provides some true background to the costs of policing our nation.
In many ways, we are fast approaching the circumstances which led to the birth of other extremist and nationalistic organisations in modern history. Adolf Hitler’s German Nazi Party and Pol Pot‘s Khmer Rouge were in many ways, born out of a loss of cultural identity, a feeling of no longer belonging to or being a part of the society you were born into. Organisations that capitalised and grew on misunderstanding and mistrust…
Is this really what we want for our modern culturally diverse and tolerant society?
- Cameron promises immigration cut (bbc.co.uk)
- David Cameron says that immigrants should learn English (guardian.co.uk)
- David Cameron on immigration: full text of the speech (guardian.co.uk)
- PM claims immigration is wrecking communities (independent.co.uk)
Posted on 12-04-2011, in Police, Public Service Babble, Society Babble and tagged Austerity, Crime, Culture, Government, History, Law Enforcement, Leadership & Management, Police, Politics. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.