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Safety by numbers.

Helen Reynolds, a health and safety officer with Lancashire Constabulary, said that the current phrase, which praises officers for acting “with no thought to his or her safety” should be toned down.

She suggested changing the words to “fully recognising the risks to their own safety”.

Speaking at the conference of the Association of Police Health and Safety Advisers in Cardiff, she said: “We need to recognise the bravery of these officers but we also need to emphasise the importance of keeping them safe.

“Safety does not prevent them from doing brave acts.”

Detective Constable Alex Challenor of Lancashire Constabulary, who was given a bravery award in 2001 after he was shot at while pursuing a gang of armed robbers, said the idea was “absolute rubbish”.

So lets see……………………….you’re engaged in a footchase, you have to evaluate all of your health and safety options, you have to be fully recognise the risks to your own safety, as you try to give locations, descriptions and other essential information over the radio. Down lanes, over gardens, across roads, fully recognising the risks to your own safety at each step of the way, risk assess each stage of the chase.

I think Alex had this about right.

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2 Responses

  1. She could have suggested….

    “without bleedin’ time to fanny about assessing the risks.”

    or

    “having had time to assess the situation, decided to call in sick.”

  2. Umm. If it wasn’t for all the bed related injuries reported each year, I don’t think I would get up. What planet does this daft bat come from?

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