In 2017 Political Correctness harms policing more than anything else. Its effects are worse than staff shortages, chronic underfunding, and even terrorism. The reason of course is that these three main problems in policing are often directly caused by political correctness and then worsened by it in an ever decreasing spiral.
On its own it would be bad enough, but now the police service is subject to draconian internal discipline regulations which see almost every misdemeanour however small, as gross misconduct.
Added to this destructive mix is the zealous way in which the public are told to make their complaints about officers, and even the internal discipline system, the Professional Standards Department, the PSD, running an ‘inform on a colleague’ confidential hotline which is apparently very busy.
The result is a police service firmly shackled in their duties, causing very many individual officers to be hesitant, timid, unimaginative and afraid to enforce the law impartially. Cops are told ‘any conversation you have on police premises belongs to the police’. Even their personal Airwave radios can be used to listen in on cops without their knowledge. You will see cops standing in the open, in the top corner of the police car park, deep in conversation; it’s the only way to talk privately while at work.
I worked the front line, in uniform, as an ordinary copper for thirty years. If anyone knows Nottingham, when I tell you it was Hyson Green you will know the type of area. 270 languages are currently spoken in Hyson Green. It is the busiest part of the entire force area, and officially known in modern parlance as ‘very challenging’. In all my time there, and my millions of public interactions, not once was I ever accused of racism. You cannot hide racism for thirty years.
Police officers take an oath to treat everyone the same ‘without fear or favour’. There has to be some flexibility in this of course, but the law should eventually be applied equally to all. Very often today this is not the case. The reasons vary; expediency, cost, staff levels and so on always have an influence, but now we find more often the diversity trainers telling us so many things unacceptable in mainstream British society are merely ‘cultural issues’ we don’t understand so therefore to enforce UK law could be risky, and even perceived as racist.
Police officers know that an allegation of racism can lead to immediate suspension – frequently for months or even years – with suspicion on the officer’s record for life, even if the complaint is withdrawn or eventually found to be unjustified, as the vast majority are.
Cops know that nobody likes being arrested; so many people will complain about the officer – frequently with the enthusiastic support of their solicitor – in order to mitigate the conditions of their arrest and cast doubt on the honest intentions of the officers. This has always been the case of course, but one of the reasons more minorities appear to be disproportionately stop/searched is because the figures are dangerously skewed by political correctness; white lads rarely complain about being stopped, so the mandatory search forms are often overlooked.
Conversely, black lads are always issued a form, just in case. Incidents deemed as ‘sensitive’ always require two or more officers. This is not for their physical safety, but for corroboration against allegations. This ties up resources unnecessarily. Even the paperwork is slower thanks to political correctness; the ethnicity of everyone coming to police attention is recorded in fine detail, victims and offenders alike, dozens of times.
Cops are used to all this of course, but none would ever admit it or even talk to you about it. Bringing their force into disrepute is currently a sackable offence, and skewing the figures now comes under the catch-all public sector offence of ‘misconduct in a public office’ which quite simply means prison.
There is now such a crushing weight of fear-generated silence within the police service on all issues, that if the North Korean Secret Police knew about it they would come flocking to Britain to pick up ideas. Very few cops are on social media, but those who are brave enough have been forced to use garbled nonsensical pseudonyms to hide their identity. They know many cops have been prosecuted for the slightest inferred opinion such as clicking ‘like’ on someone else’s Facebook post. They are being watched twenty-four hours a day, on and off duty, amid further scrutiny and intimidation.
Personally I have seen cars full of black lads that I have chosen to ignore; even with a suspicion the car they are driving may be stolen. They may have gone on to run over a child or even kill themselves, I don’t know. I didn’t want a suspension, not with a hefty mortgage to pay. I have visited dwellings numerous times and spoken to the man of the house and accepted his version of events because for me as a male to talk to the woman would be culturally unacceptable.
On one occasion this backfired when an hour later an ambulance carried the poor woman away, unrecognisable because the man had beaten her so badly. I didn’t get into trouble for this because it was kept quiet. Colleagues tell me of other instances which I cannot repeat for fear of their identity being revealed. There’s that word again: fear.
Cops tip-toe around with their primary focus being not one of upholding the law, but of not upsetting anyone; This is okay in the short term, but eventually it will turn around and bite you in the backside, as I found out.
By the time I retired I must have got to know hundreds of cops. Sadly under the present atmosphere in the police, I realised I could only trust three of them. It’s all very sad and dangerous too, of course.