Well the Telegraph just about says it all, almost
I thought I might have been reading an April 1st edition but no, this is still February so I am a little early.
A Police Superintendent has admitted that he was forced to move house by youths hanging around outside his home. He has allegedly said that he decided to leave because he did not want to confront the teenagers sitting on the wall of his home. The youths had made him nervous about returning from work so he has given in to them and decided to move house. It was either that or start challenging them.
His quality of life has improved massively since then, apparently, as well as saving his Force a fortune in targetted patrols costs and wasted patrolling hours that can be utilised elsewhere.
I expect he is now able to resume his challenging policy making role and showing leadership of the highest quality. There is no problem as he was clearly off duty at the time so what is all the fuss about.
This follows on from the Home Secretary’s claims that she just doesn’t think it’s a thing that people do to walk around at midnight. She is fortunate, of course, that she doesn’t have to do so. She also insists that in truth, people are safer, in terms of crime, than 10 years ago. How blatantly and blindingly reassuring. No, its still not April 1st.
Clearly there is one Police Superintendent who would disagree with that view.
I also suspect that the views of quite a lot of the people who make the relevant laws and policies do not normally inhabit the anti-social behaviour zone that the majority of the real world have to occupy because they have neither the means or the finances to move to a different area where they just ring up the Police and expect them to sort out all their perceived problems for them.
Perhaps sitting on someones wall could become a sanctioned detectable crackdown type of tick in the box statistical target sort of thing.
Our Superintendent could then set up a working party to have meetings about it to decide on a strategic plan to combat the problem. After sorting out the terms of reference there would be a three month review after liaison with the crime analyst etc etc to allocate ownership of the problem to some already overworked individual(s) who will be committed to the problem and will be working harder than ever to make our communities be safer and feel safer. Things will be moving forward on the ground in real terms and they will be making real progress.
But what about all those removal lorries in the street. They are causing an obstruction.
We could set up a working party to have a series of meetings to agree on a strategy to combat the problem. Someone will be allocated to take ownership of the problem………….
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