In most areas certain crimes had been reduced
IT WAS disappointing to hear the political points scoring between the various government departments and within the police federation concerning the recent crime statistic figures.
These figures indicated that in most areas certain crimes had been reduced,
I believe that in our area the general figure was by around six per cent in some cases.
This was an ideal opportunity to put some great news back out into the communities that we serve.
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It should have made headlines throughout the day.
Instead we were subjected to politicians telling us that it proved the recent cuts to our numbers had been right and had proven.
That the government was still being tough on crime and the causes of crime.
While the police federation put it down to the continuing hard work of its officers under extreme pressure.
There are arguments for both sides in relation to this.
Yes, within such a huge organisation as the police service and as with most large companies those who work within could probably all see areas where efficient savings could be made.
Even I can understand some of the departments within our service which didn't appear to require a police officer within the role.
I have also seen the continuing hard work and dedication to service of some of the officers who, no matter what, will strive to maintain the level of service expected of us by the public and who continue to do their job under constraints but without complaining.
The focus of any public organisation should be its customers and both the government and the police service should never lose sight of that fact.
It has never been rocket science that if you put a large number of police officers in an area at certain times then crime within that area will be drastically reduced.
But to have done it under the constraints that have been imposed over the past couple of years really should be a cause of celebration.
It also begs the question about how much crime would have been reduced had we continued to maintain the police numbers prior to the cuts.
On another note the clocks have now gone back.
While it allowed us the luxury of an extra hour in bed on the weekend it also means that the nights are getting darker earlier.
And this tends to lead to an increase in road accidents.
Now is an ideal time to check those lights are working on the car.
Don't forget, either, to replace the batteries on the push bike lights and to bring out the fluorescent clothing that ensures that you are seen and can be seen.
After all, the run up to the Christmas festivities will be no fun for either yourselves or your family if it is spent in hospital following a road accident.
And the added expense of repairing a damaged vehicle or replacing your push bike after an accident is something we can all ill afford to do.