There is a really easy, rational thing that you could do if you truly wished to keep females secure on the streets of this nation’s communities, whether at night or throughout the day.
This is all that we used to do. The streets were not as unsafe as they are today when we did it.
Daily foot patrolling by uniformed policemen, who were withdrawn in the 1960s for no valid cause, will be reinstated.
After the elimination, which was decided upon on November 18, 1966, at a conference of the Police Advisory Board headed by then-Home Secretary Roy Jenkins, policing in the United Kingdom has gone down the drain. Hundreds of police stations were required to shut as a consequence of this move.
That has contributed to the change of the police themselves, into trusted, common civilians in uniform who were respectful and welcoming to law-abiding citizens, into an unloved, shouty, overbearing paramilitary that has evidently enjoyed intimidating and handcuffing innocent members of the public for the past year.
None of the rationalizations for this shift are true. The sum of manpower available nowadays is much greater than it was in the past. There has never been sufficient evidence that preparing for a crime to occur is a safer policy than stopping it.
A police presence in the street is intended to prevent suspects from committing offences in the first place, rather than to apprehend them. It does not yield conviction totals or other estimates that are appropriate in official statistics.
It provides a concrete result: quiet, tidy streets where a woman can move without fear after dark.
How many times have we been told that incarcerating a perpetrator would not put a slain citizen back to life, will not regain the sense of mind destroyed when a house is broken into, will not erase the harm and sorrow created by crime? Detection is significant, but it isn’t nearly as successful as avoidance, which is what the police were designed to do.
The case of Sarah Everard has been jumped upon for a number of purposes, but I feel we can wait until the accused killer’s trial to assess how justified they are in doing so. However, until her passing, the problem of street protection was a serious one, and it is still a real one now.
Women aren’t the only ones who slam their keys between their knuckles when they move by or pass dangerous individuals or dark, dimly lit areas. That is just something that men do.
Since authority is so scarce on our highways, bad criminals are unafraid, causing the majority of us to be fearful instead.
That’s a quick query to address. I believe that the police’s recent behavior has shattered all of the remaining goodwill that they once had. I assume that any political party that genuinely espoused a program of deterrence by frequent, sustained foot patrol will be astounded by the volume of support it would get.
And if the current cops don’t like it and would just continue whatever they’re doing now (how would we know what they’re doing because we barely see them? ), we can disband them and rehire only those who are involved in helping the public.