We’re snapping the thin blue line
HOME Secretary Sajid Javid last week again promised he would get the police more money.
Reporting for ITV News, I spend a lot of time working with forces around the country and most officers I know accept that the early cuts were right, but say they’ve now gone too far.
The situation’s made worse because police are too often doing jobs they shouldn’t. On Tuesday, I went filming with the West Midlands force. As is frequently the case when I visit, they had fewer officers on duty than they deem safe.
But that morning, no fewer than eight officers were tied up at hospital. Overnight four cars – two officers each – had taken four prisoners who had attempted suicide into hospital. The rules dictate they then had to stay and monitor them to make sure they didn’t discharge themselves.
As one exasperated officer asked me: ‘Why should eight officers on £30,000 each be doing that when G4S could do it for cheaper?’