Into your darkest hour


This week in policing has certainly been a dark hour for the policing community or family. The murders of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes shocked those of us who aren’t involved in policing as much as it wounded those who are part of the thin blue line.  There is a sense of community (as demonstrated by #coverforGMP) in policing which is positive, protective, brave, unselfish and necessary as they deal with people and situations in which you or I would leg it fast the other way: The people that spit on them, the wee, the puke, the grief. Mostly, 99% of time they deal fairly and humanely with people that we might avoid as mad, bad or too dangerous.

This vocation is not about pay or pensions but a sense of care for the public and to keep us safe. The death of PC Dibell last year demonstrates that an officer is never off-duty, never puts the job down with the uniform.

The extra mile is walked often by staff and officers. I have watched in Sussex as officers have passed a hat around for an old man who was a victim of a cruel fraud. I have heard about a SOCO who took the time to clean and tidy a child’s room which a burglar had trashed so that the child wouldn’t be distressed. The officer who was on leave and spent her rest days tweeting updates to try to locate a missing elderly lady. The traffic Special who took time to make a cup of tea for an elderly couple she had driven home after an RTA. We don’t measure this. We should.

The sense of spirit and team which is often termed ‘police family’ is admirable. But in their darkest hour, the alleged comments by the Government Chief Whip risk pushing the police into siege mentality – this would be a disaster. We, the public take the time to thank officers, to pay back their dedication. We are the public and so are the police. Don’t retreat, we need you. You stood by us last Summer. You stand by us every day.

I want to tell you that in this, your darkest hour, I stand by you.

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I’ll stand by you

Em x