‘Police Search Hundreds Of Children’ gives the impression of 7 year olds being spun outside their primary schools, hands and feet spread with police dogs snarling on strained leashes. In fact, I have looked up at several 6’4″ ‘Children’ at 4 in the morning just after a street fight involving serious injuries. The devils in the detail.
Contrary to popular believe, I don’t love thrusting my hands into stinking pockets of dirty tissues, cultures of bacteria, and potentially used needles whilst chatting with an argumentative young man with 52 pages of convictions on his record accusing me of harassing him. I search people, when the circumstances show it is pretty likely they are up to no good, but I have to evidence why I think that. I have to follow the law, and account for my thinking and reasons for that check and document it in detail.
Police abuses attract media attention quite rightly as we police by consent and are accountable, but it’s not exciting for the media to put failures by the police into proportion. It’s rare, but unfortunately the public can start to think it’s epidemic with only the bad news being portrayed. We are ordinary people who do quite an extraordinary job. Officers I work with want to do a good days work, and go home to their families being proud of the job they do. I wouldn’t be a police officer if we targeted and persecuted people to show we were powerful. I would be ashamed of it. I’m not, I’m proud of it, and the people within it. #JustSaying