“I won’t have the police service as the place where all of society’s ills are laid out and blamed on us.” (Cressida Dick, Met Police Commissioner, April 2017)
The painful privilege of policing is to venture into the hurting places – and to encounter the lives being lived there: the damaged and the dangerous, the beaten and the broken, the troubled and the terrified, the abandoned and the afraid.
I’ve said it often before, but it bears repeating: police officers go where most wouldn’t and do what most couldn’t. I’m incredibly proud of the fact that they do.
But we expect an extraordinary amount from them:
- We expect them to respond when we call
- We expect them to come quickly and arrive safely
- We expect them to to provide emergency medical treatment in the minutes before the ambulance arrives
- We expect them to be able to use a defibrillator
- We expect them to face violence with steady hearts and hands
- We expect them to face abuse with an even temper
- We expect them to show restraint
- We expect them to preserve...
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