The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Return to Basics - Bobbies on the Beat is the Only Way

06 June 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970
 

The Police Federation has renewed calls for more investment in neighbourhood policing in the wake of the Westminster, London Bridge & Borough Market and Manchester terrorist attacks.

As London’s Met Police Chief admitted they needed to look at resourcing and strategy, Federation Vice-Chair Calum Macleod said: "We must first recognise the extreme bravery shown by police officers and other emergency services who, as always, put their lives in danger to help others.

"But we’re in danger of sleep-walking towards another tragedy if we don’t recognise right now that community policing is on the critical list."

 

Losses

Home Office figures show that between 2015 and 2016 more than 3,350 neighbourhood officers have been lost and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) warned of an ‘erosion in neighbourhood policing’ only last year.

"It’s what the Federation has been saying for years," said Macleod. "We know the information to stop these mindless attacks exists within communities and great work is being done to forge strong, valuable relationships to capture this. But it cannot be jeopardised by reducing the contact the police has with the public."

 

CT investment not enough

Macleod welcomed the extra investment that has been made in counter-terrorism policing but added: "This is not enough on its own – other areas, like community policing, need more boots on the ground now so that we can strengthen those neighbourhood relationships and stop the terrorists before they claim more lives.

"The reality is that all those of interest to the security services can’t be watched all the time and difficult decisions have had to be made."

 

Arming the police

Macleod discounted any ideas that routinely arming all police was the answer: "When we last surveyed our members, 80% told us they did not want to routinely carry firearms. They do, however want access to better equipment, such as Taser and spit guards.”

 

Death of the copper on the beat

But the spotlight is now firmly on the dearth of neighbourhood policing as the UK reels from its third terror attack in a couple of months.

Macleod said: “We have and will no doubt continue to hear remarkable stories of people’s selfless acts to help others in the days and weeks to come.  But we must not lose sight of the key challenge now – and that is ensuring we have a resilient fully-staffed police service, including the neighbourhood policing resources it needs."

Picture: We need Bobbies on the beat. Most don't want to be armed

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 06 June 2017

Share



Related Articles

Return to Basics - Barriers Back on Bridges

Following the terrorist attacks in Westminster and London Bridge, MI5 and Counter Terrorism Command have reviewed the security of the 33 bridges in...

 Read Full Article
Terror Arrests - No Connection

Three men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences are absolutely NOT connected to the recent London attacks, ThisWeekinFM has discovered despite reports to the...

 Read Full Article
Have a Little Faith

Statements were issued by faith leaders on Monday June 5 following the attacks in London Bridge and Borough Market. Commander Mak Chishty of the Metropolitan Police...

 Read Full Article
Yorkshire Terror Arrests Mount to Three

There have been further arrests in the counter terrorism operation related to the Manchester Bombing. A 23 year old Sheffield man has this morning (Friday June 2) been...

 Read Full Article
Critical to Severe - Lessons Still Need Heed

Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, National Lead for Counter Terrorism Policing was swift to agree to move the terror threat level in the UK...

 Read Full Article
Blue Line. Green Line. White Lines. Critical Update

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Cressida Dick, has visited officers and military personnel on duty providing protection at the Palace of Westminster. She said:...

 Read Full Article
Man Jailed for Shrapnel Bomb Cache - Plus More Detentions

A 22-year-old man who attempted to buy a grenade on the dark web has been jailed for 10 years following an investigation by the National Crime Agency and the Met Police...

 Read Full Article
Manchester Bombing - Eight Held. Suspicious Package Alert Over

Having lead a national minute's silence at 11:00am, lunchtime on Thursday 25 saw Manchester's Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has given his latest statement to the...

 Read Full Article
Nails, Nuts & Bolts IED Pressure Cooker Bomber Jailed

A Birmingham man has been found guilty of a terrorism offence after potentially lethal bomb making equipment was found at his home. Zahid Hussain, a 29-year-old former...

 Read Full Article
Saharan Dust Moves Across UK

A storm carrying Saharan dust is causing hazy skies and layers of orange-coloured dust across southern England.   What is Saharan Dust?   Saharan...

 Read Full Article