As kids, many of us were told that if we were ever lost or in trouble, to find a policeman. How many of us tell our kids that today?…
I know I don’t. I tell my child she’d be better off finding a cab office than a policeman. At least that way she’ll make it home without a gaggle of social workers straggling behind in the desperate hope of a prosecution.
The police are not your friend. That’s the most fundamental piece of advice I can give to anyone who encounters them. And if you believe the romantic myth that they are there just to protect the good from the bad, then you really don’t understand what it is the police actually do…
Protect The Innocent or Protect The State?
When the police arrive at a scene they are there to bring about a conclusion. They are not there to settle disputes, or mediate between warring parties. They aren’t a shoulder to cry on or an impartial stranger willing to see your side of the story. They are there to find trouble and end it. Hopefully by making an arrest. And if you make the mistake – as so many do – in believing that the more honest and open you are with the police, the more you explain, then the more likely they’ll see it from your point of view, then you are gravely mistaken. Because if the police believe you are guilty of something – no matter how flawed, biased or unfounded that belief is – all the ‘explaining’ in the world is not going to make them change their minds.
The primary job of the police is NOT to protect but to prosecute. They are in the business of imprisonment, not freedom.
If this isn’t so then ask yourself this: Why do the police not set targets for all the people they let go rather than prosecute? Why do the Home Office not reward police officers who mediate rather than arrest? Why do the police not conduct interviews with suspects to prove their innocence rather than to determine their guilt?
The police are not motivated to protect the liberties of the people, because it’s not the people they serve. They serve the state. No matter how idealised your notion may be of the police, the fact remains that it is the state that employs them, pays them and governs them.
The police are not there to protect the people from each other, but to protect the state from it’s people.
Safety In Numbers?
Another over-perpetuated myth is that we all feel much safer with a heavy police presence on our streets.
But do we?
If you are walking along the street or driving down the road and suddenly come into the view of the police, do feel a glowing sense of reassurance? Or do you, like most people, feel a mild and unpleasant sense of paranoia. That perhaps right now, for whatever reason, their focus is on you, even though you have done nothing wrong.
If so, then what you are experiencing is a perfectly natural and healthy mistrust of authority for an obvious reason: You know that they have the power to take away your liberty there and then. So few of us are actually comforted by the false concept of community policing. In much the same way so few of us feel comforted by the almost impossible numbers of CCTV that scrutinise us from every street corner, making Britain the most watched nation on earth. The same argument for an increase presence of police on our streets is the same argument used for the ever growing number of CCTV cameras: That we all feel so much safer knowing that the state are watching over us. Rather than the actual truth: that it is the state that feels safer, knowing that we are all being watched.
After all, aren’t we all just criminals waiting to happen?
Community Policing or Intelligence Gathering?
We are not policed by consent, but by fear. And the police routinely use that fear to get us to comply with unreasonable and unlawful demands, just to inflict their desire for obedience upon us.
The fact that you may never have committed any crime in your life means nothing to either the police or the state. They are equally suspicious of everyone. You will never get the police ‘on side’ by opening your heart up to them, or protesting your innocence.
That friendly PCSO who walks the high street, smiling and saying hello, chatting casually to shopkeepers and passers-by. They are gathering intelligence. It’s a fundamental part of their job. Almost anything they deem worthwhile will be collected and written up later, stored on police computers indefinitely. It doesn’t matter if it’s petty gossip or unsubstantiated rumour. If it can be used to prosecute, it will be gathered.
That formal police chat, or stop-and-account, where the police come to your door or approach you on the street, or invite you to the station. That’s not so that they can ELIMINATE you from any notion of wrongdoing. It is to help them obtain evidence they don’t already have. To prosecute you by your own words and actions. After all, tricking an admission of wrongdoing from someone they suspect (or simply don’t like) is much easier than going to the trouble of gathering independent evidence.
If you want to stay safe from abuses of the police then you must never place your trust in them. Treat them in the same way they would treat you. With suspicion. Because no matter how much you may trust them, you must remember that the police are trained to NEVER TRUST YOU.
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