We all have high expectations from the police – we want them to be courageous and sensitive, at the same time we demand integrity and honesty in their performance; in addition, we expect them to be harsh with the criminals. But do we actually go in-depth into their daily routine life and understand how difficult and excruciating their job is?
Here’s what a British cop has to say about what made him lose control of the London streets. British police officers suffer from anxiety and Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is mainly because they feel that people in London are not safe due to the alarming crime ratio. He recently witnessed double stabbing which resulted in the death of a 15-year-old teenager. With a population of more than 250,000-an average of only ten police officers respond to emergency calls per shift. Out of these officers only three can drive on blue lights and very few among them carry tasers. In such a scenario if any big incident like stabbing occurs, it is common that all ten police officers would be expected to be on the crime scene, which leaves with no other officer available if another stabbing occurs in that area. On an average in a month, every police officer encounters at least two to three crimes with knives. On most occasions, attackers pulled knifes on officers, in spite of fellow policemen being in the vicinity.
On the downside, the officers are not equipped with essential weapons. This leaves them with no option but to tackle the criminals through a physical combat, or through verbal communication, until they wait for help of an officer, armed with Taser. In his statement he mentioned that London Police have frequently faced multiple blade and gun attacks in the past. Such incidences have been the cause to instil fear among the workforce. Apart from this, the police are also often sent to help the mentally ill, this task consumes hours of their duty, and such cases keep on recurring, only to consume their work hours.
Adding to their frustration, they often feel that they are ignored by the authority. Moreover, annual leaves are in lockdown, as there is an anticipation of a rise in violence during their leave. According to the statement, officers have lost their faith in authority and the force is thus on the verge of collapsing. As a result of the consequence, the authority needs to take immediate measures to improve the wellbeing of the police forces as they qualify to be the guardians of citizens.