At the CTCC we have a new, very important and wonderful position that appears to be just what the Constabulary needs at the moment. At £60 + thousand a year, generous allowances and its own parking place, along with the comparable Ch-Supt status, is it any wonder that any amount of applicants were in line for a seat on the gravy bus.
The Directorship of Citizen and Community Focus take all the front seats of the diversity bandwagon as it thunders along the dry and dusty track heading towards the pass. No ambush in sight, just a clear route ahead.
It appears that we welcome all sections of our diverse and wonderful community and we revel in the differences that a wide variety of culture bring to our shores, particularly within the Force area covered by the CTCC. So much so that we intend to hold a monthly celebration of the traditions and cultures of most of our temporary and permanent residents who hail from lands all over the world. I understand that a booklet is due to help me to understand all the differences betweencultures and to make me even more accountable than I already am. I believe we are up to February 2009 already and not running alphabetically. The printing costs alone stagger the mind, but I understand that no department or district budget will suffer as a result.
As an individual I am led to believe that I welcome all entrants to the boundaries of the CTCC, be they from Romania, Somalia, Ukraine, Albania, or anywhere else for that matter. I welcome the differences that they bring into my life. I know this because the carefully worded statement, prepared so not as to offend any person from just about any faith or country, tells me that this is my view. I am better for having this opinion on my behalf. Like with many others, I simply have no individual view when the organisation do it all so eloquently on my behalf. One might even suspect that an award could be in the offing for the organisation and its new high profile post holder before the end of the year. The monthly in-Force magazine has already hosted a full page article for the positive implications that will benefit the organisation. A number of photograph opportunities appear to have conveniently presented themselves. I imagine that next month’s issue will have a rather special instalment in its ‘a day in the life of’ series.
I must remember to mention this, one evening, to the lads from the Britannia Estate the next time we exchange some social chit chat. I feel sure they will be extremely understanding and not overlook the wider picture.
Unfortunately for me, I live and work in the real world. In the real world, where not everyone is a nice and decent person, where there are travelling criminals that prey on easy targets, easy victims and are not held to account for their actions because their differences are somehow used, on occasions, not just to try to mitigate but to be a justification for the criminal acts they commit in the chosen country that has to accept them. In their worlds the Forces of Law and Order do not treat them with the comfort and welcome we have here. Their chosen victims do not have the affluent or luxury lifestyle and all its trappings that offers such a golden opportunity over here. We have enough criminals over here. We do not need any more from other countries to swell the offending ranks. Unfortunately we cannot send them back to their home countries as although they seem capable of surviving in the treacherous wilds of the UK, they would not be able to survive in the comfort of their home country or country of origin.
In the real world there exists a statistic that is unfortunate and blows a chill wind down the backs of the elected leaders and associated bands of do-gooders trying to show what a wide and tolerant country we are and at the same time, promoting the all encompassing multi-cultural harmony they believe exist somewhere in the things that spin around in their heads. They prefer to see victims of crime as mere statistics. In that way they do not have to personalise the victim but can regard them generally, lost within the greater vision of things as simply a statistic.
I must try to remember this the next time I bump into one of those ‘victim’ people. When I explain they are sure to understand.
I will not tell a victim that they are merely a statistic. For that is the way of the Government and their lackeys. The victims are individuals and they deserve to be treated as victims when they become the target of those who have not one ounce of respect for the individual victim or the laws of the new country they choose to commit their crime in.
As the CTCC actively cuts the amount of front line officers in an effort to save money and reduce its annual budgetary overspend, I dare say there will be less officers dealing with even more crime recording and those less officers conducting even less crime investigations.
Just what we need as the increase in knife related violence begins to hit the headlines. There will some form of crackdown soon.
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