Gone are the days when uni­form got re­spect it de­serves

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

The in­crease in as­saults on po­lice is alarm­ing but, sadly, not sur­pris­ing. As ca­sual vi­o­lence on our streets has es­ca­lated over the years, it’s lit­tle won­der the po­lice have be­come vic­tims too. The un­pro­voked at­tack on PC Ash­ley Mcma­han – an ex­em­plary of­fi­cer with 14 years ser­vice – is just an­other ex­am­ple.

He had stopped to pose for a pic­ture with tourists when he heard abuse be­ing hurled at him and turned round to be punched hard in the jaw.

Of course, it never used to be like that – in the same way that at­tacks on paramedics and nurses were un­heard of, but are now all too fre­quent.

Gone are the days when the uni­form com­manded the re­spect it still de­serves.

There will al­ways be the odd rogue cop­per who brings the force into dis­re­pute, but the sim­ple fact is that the vast ma­jor­ity of po­lice­men and women are there to pro­tect us and catch crim­i­nals.

They deal with some pretty un­pleas­ant peo­ple that, frankly, most of us would rather have noth­ing to do with.

You only have to watch one of those fly-on-the-wall po­lice doc­u­men­taries to ap­pre­ci­ate that.

Their job in re­cent years has not been made any eas­ier with in­creas­ing pres­sures from all sides and dwin­dling num­bers on the streets.

Any­one as­sault­ing a pub­lic ser­vant do­ing his job de­serves to have the book thrown at them with the stiffest pos­si­ble sen­tence.

It’s the only de­ter­rent left.

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