During a discussion with The Telegraph, the new head of the Police Federation (John Apter), admitted that the many police officers he represents are fed up of having to be assigned to dealing with mean social media posts, as opposed to more serious crimes, such as burglary.
As the main spokesman for the Federation (of which represents 120,000 rank and file police officers across England and Wales) discussed that while resources remained the main issue for the force nowadays, one main problem for many in the force was that they were paying more attention to offence caused on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, not to mention the various so-called ‘hate crimes’ that occurred on such sites, instead of more serious crimes.
Such initiatives according to Apter had for many police officers seen common sense work for such people go ‘out of the window’ and that many of them were ‘incredibly frustrated’ at having to do such work.
This is at a time whereby both burglaries are going massively unsolved (with only one in three burglaries being solved in Great Britain and only 5% being solved in the capital of London) and crime in Great Britain (including violent crime) is on the rise. To top it all off, police numbers too are dropping and the Metropolitan Police in particular are running out of money too, because they have sold off most of their valuable resources. Such a lack of priorities has drawn much public criticism.
Apter reflected such feeling:
Burglary is one of the most intrusive, horrible crimes that a householder can go through. It makes you feel incredibly vulnerable, but people can sometimes wait days for a police response… Even if there is little chance of catching the person responsible, police officers know the value of spending a little bit of time with the victim, talking through their concerns and offering them some reassurance.
He’s right. At a time when we cannot solve less deadly crimes like burglary effectively, are stretched for resources and money, have fewer and fewer people to carry out such work and when crime (including most notably violent crime) is increasing, one would think that focusing on the hurt feelings of offended people on social media is less important than more important solutions to these glaring problems. Bring back tougher policing maybe. Putting bobbies back on the beat, another. These are only some ideas to suggest.
Hopefully Apter’s attitude can change this course of direction, but with various forces complaining about hate crime on their social media accounts, and London Mayor Sadiq Khan continuously wasting money on his hate crime hub, don’t expect this to change any time soon.
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