It’s said that there are two types of people in Britain: those that dislike the police and those that have never really thought about them. So why do so many of us have such a mistrust, dislike and disrespect for the police?
Here are the top reasons why:
1. They go in heavy on petty crime, lightly on serious crime
If you’ve ever been burgled, defrauded or robbed you will probably have experienced just how indifferent the police are to investigating serious crime. However, those few of us who’ve had our feelings hurt by a bit of racial or religious name calling on a social network site, can expect the police to turn up at speed and in force.
It’s no news to any of us that the police have reverse priorities when it comes to crime. The scourge of liberalism, political correctness and the feminisation of the public sector has created a police service that prioritises emotion over physical harm and prioritises the minority over the majority.
Apart from that, petty crime is just so much easier to tackle. Which is why the police are always keen to downgrade a serious offence to a far less substantial charge to make the whole process of prosecution that bit easier. Why go through all the needless time and effort of pursuing some drunken thug on a charge of ABH for punching an innocent bystander in the face – when it’s far easier to let them off with a caution for common assault?
It seems nowadays the only victims of crime that are taken seriously are the police themselves, for having to suffer the unwanted and time consuming process of bringing an offender to justice.
2. They treat repeat offenders as if THEY are the victims
Again, due to the cancer of liberal interference, the police are trained to treat serial offenders with an almost fawning like regard. Often seeing them as being socially disadvantaged and vulnerable, rather than the criminally minded filth they actually are. An example would be: heroin addicts, muslim fanatics, left wing rioters, aggressive beggars and anti-socialites.
Just like social workers, police officers often nurture a misguided ‘relationship’ with career criminals and develop an over-inflated sense of their own influence upon them. They start to excuse and favour these repeat offenders, commonly making apologies for them by describing them as “misunderstood” or “victims of society”. They are also prone to letting them off with repeated warnings and cautions, or worst of all, responding to allegations made against them with that police catch-phrase of inaction: “We’ll have a word with them.”
Incidentally, if you don’t already know, the police have a term for this type of serial offender that has been granted special ‘victim’ status. They are referred to in police literature as ‘community members’. Believe me, if you are a law abiding person with a respectable job and reputation, the one thing you will not be is a ‘community member’ who must be carefully engaged, reasoned with and excused whenever you are suspected of committing a crime.
3. They constantly abuse their powers
At a conservative estimate I would say that the police act outside the execution of their duties at least 50% of the time. This means that every day, at least half of the arrests they make (and the orders they give) are unlawful.
Unfortunately most people don’t seem to realise that even the slightest interference of their liberties by the police is a potential lawsuit: Being told to sit in the back of a police car when pulled over for a minor traffic offence, stopped on the street for giving them a sour glance, having your front door forced open so they can arrest you for harassment or having your mobile phone taken because you recorded the police in public – are all commonplace instances of how the police abuse their powers; Each of which could result in a successful action for damages.
The reason the police so readily abuse their powers, is because although questioning authority has not yet become a criminal offence, the police commonly behave is if it were. Too many officers think that they can threaten and bully the public if they don’t show an instant respect, and that they, the police, have an exclusive right to tell us what to do; regardless of how unreasonable or unlawful those demands may be.
4. They know almost nothing about the law
One fact I cannot stress enough about British police is their overwhelming ignorance of the law. Most of them do not even understand the most basic of legislation, except that which enables them to make petty arrests for their own personal advantage (section 4 and 5 of the public order act anyone?).
Lack of education aside, the primary reason most police officers are so ignorant of the law is because it’s custom the police are used to enforcing, not law. Let me explain why:
Most police work is repetitive and straightforward: Being called out to the same council estates or pubs, dealing with the same domestic violence allegations, dishing out the same old harassment warnings and following up on relatively low level offences.
Over the years the police have developed a set of tried and tested practises and a set of stock phrases and responses to deal with these recurrent eventualities. The police perform most of their duties on autopilot. Furthermore, most of the petty criminal underclass they routinely encounter, fear the police and submit to them willingly. The police are used to this, and expect all members of the public to act the same. They are so used to confronting people and controlling situations in whichever manner makes it the easiest and most beneficial to themselves it has become customary for them to do so. This is why it always comes as a shock to them when a member of the public questions their authority.
Unfortunately, too many police officers regard those who uphold their rights as a dint to their egos and are quite willing to spout off a lot of fantasy legislation and powers in a bid to get their own way. Rather than rely on their knowledge of the law, the police rely on the public’s ignorance of the law as a fool-proof way of dishing out orders they have no authority to give. Simply put, the police believe it is their UNIFORM that provides their power, not STATUTE.
5. They are liars
Most people who have a superficial experience of the police just cannot comprehend how corrupt they are when it comes to the truth. They will not just lie about the things they witness, and the people they encounter, they will quite happily lie to both suspect and victim if to do so somehow makes their job easier. They will lie about their rights to enter your home or to search you. They will lie about how they can’t investigate a crime because the CPS won’t let them. And if it all comes back on them, they will lie about that too.
Also, when it comes to giving evidence in court, the police won’t bat an eyelid at committing perjury if it means prosecuting somebody they have taken a personal dislike to. Which let’s face it, is EVERYONE they prosecute. They are more willing to lie in a magistrate’s court than a crown court simply because they know that, on the whole, magistrates are dyed-in-the-wool authoritarians who would never question a police officer’s honesty. Crown court judges on the other hand take a much more pragmatic approach to reality.
If you want to experience just how casually, abundantly and expertly the police will lie, then just try making a complaint against them. But then what more can you expect when the person who will be handling your complaint will inevitably be a friend and colleague of the officer complained of. Not forgetting their priority to uphold the unspoken and cardinal rule of the police service:
‘never rat on your colleagues’.
6. They are rude and unhelpful
The number one complaint against the police service, year after year, is that they are rude and unhelpful.
It used to be said if you were ever in trouble, find a policeman. Nowadays it’s if you’re looking for trouble, then find a policeman.
One thing that is almost a universal constant among police officers is just how touchy-feely they can be. They have an over-reaching sense of self-entitlement as they seem to believe that, just by virtue of their uniform, they are the heroes and saviours of the public and have an automatic right to be respected and worshipped.
They are not heroes. And they stopped serving the public a long time ago.
Now it’s a common meme that the police serve only the political aims of the government or the capitalist greed of big business. I believe that to be a grandiose misconception. It also credits the police with a motivation and ability that quite simply they don’t possess.
I think the aims of our existing police service are much simpler and more obvious:
The primary function of the police – like all bloated public sector industries – is to serve themselves above all others. Crime and victims don’t even get a look in.
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