In an idle moment yesterday (I have so much more time now that I’m out of the “PCC race”!), it struck me that there’s an ever-growing list of misconceptions in British Policing. Having checked on Wikipedia, it seems these have been poorly chronicled to date.
So, here’s the headline entries for my initial “Misconceptions in British Policing” list:
- 20% cuts
- Police Privatisation
- Politics In Policing
Some of these are linked to honest misconceptions, others originate in mischievous or even tendentious intent. Over the coming weeks, I’ll explain more about each one, and set out why I’ve put them in this list.
Have you any more to suggest? Or perhaps you want to comment on the “headline entries” I’ve suggested?
FOOTNOTE: Many thanks to Stuart Lister (@StuartLister1) for the following early contribution via Twitter:
Well the biggest, Bernard, must be that responsibility for ‘policing’ rests solely with the (state) institution of ‘the police’.
UPDATES (15th and 16th July): Several further suggestions now added by others as comments, plus three contributions (One, Two and Three) from @cate_a_moore via Twitter. And one from @Will_Tanner, one from @Peter_Kirkham, one from spoof account @SirIanBlair (no, not the real one), one from @DurhamSBBsec.