Doncaster Free Press ‘Cash For Coppers’ Campaign!

February 6, 2009

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We kid you not, Doncaster’s biggest selling local paper has launched a campaign to try and get local people to pay an extra 50p a month in council tax in order to get more police on the streets of Doncaster.

A form on the Free Press website says…

Sign up to support our Cash for Coppers campaign!

If every household in Doncaster paid just 50p a month more council tax, the town could benefit from 20 extra police officers. Join our campaign to get Doncaster the police force it deserves.

Unfortunately most working class Doncaster residents do not feel the same way. As one reply on the website puts it…

The police are a joke, I won’t pay
YOUR front page story on the Free Press is a laugh – more cash for coppers? I wouldn’t give them any money, they’re a waste of space.
They didn’t help me when someone threatened to burn down my house when were all asleep, they didn’t help me when someone threatened to kidnap my daughter – they are all a joke.

Official crime figures help to show the level of mistrust in working class communities. According to official figures Askern, one of the poorest areas in the borough has exactly the same crime rate as Tickhill, a wealthy middle class region – this, of course, does not reflect the real criminal activity in each town, it simply shows that people in poorer communities don’t bother reporting incidents to the police because they know full well that nothing will be done!

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3 Responses to “Doncaster Free Press ‘Cash For Coppers’ Campaign!”

  1. Dave E said

    As my alter ego, snook cocker, I made two comments on their website when they first published their story at http://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/free/Cash-for-Coppers.4923939.jp , both comments disparaging to our idiots in blue.

    The first,

    ‘It has been established that the average police officer spends only about 14% of their time on patrol, and it is estimated that they spend around 20–30% of their time completing paperwork.

    Well that only adds up to a maximum of 44% of their time being accounted for.

    So what the hell do they do for the other 56% of the time?’

    and the other,

    ‘Tony said, ‘The way forward would be to give back to our Police the power and respect that they once had.’

    Well the police have lots and lots of powers, many more under the auspices of New Labour, which they abuse in inappropriate circumstances – eg. search powers under terrorism legislation.

    And respect must be earned – so I don’t see much hope there.

    As the Home Affairs Select Committee’s ‘Policing in the 21st century’ report said,

    ‘Only 43% of people thought the police could be relied on to deal with minor crimes, 48% believed they would be there when needed and 51% thought the police were dealing with issues that matter to the local community. Only 41% of those who had been both a victim and a witness rated the local police as doing a good or excellent job.’

    ‘The number of complaints against the police is rising…28,998 complaint cases were recorded during the year 2006/07, an increase of 10% on the previous year. 45% of complaints were allegations of neglect/failure of duty and incivility.’

    Not exactly a vote of confidence in the whingers who marched so arrogantly in London at the beginning of last year to demand more pay.’

    But when the paper was published yesterday, and on their website , they attributed a post supportive of the cops to me…..Thankfully after an email the comment was removed from their website, but unfortunately it still looks like I’m a pro-cop twat in hard copy.

  2. marksany said

    Just cancel the target culture, eliminate the paperwork and make them live locally. You’d getter better policing – no extra money required. In fact there should be a cost saving.

  3. Dave E said

    To add to Mark’s post on the local angle.

    I’d like to point out that I’m not against policing, just being controlled from without. Community policing should be just that, policing by the community.

    When I was a child the local police did have houses in the mining village where I lived. I went to school with their children, and some were my friends – I visited their homes, and they mine (their dad’s drank in the same pubs as my dad too). And through my rose coloured specs, things did seem better than now – not a case of unknown officers passing by in their cars on the main roads only to venture mob handed into the streets to arrest or harrass someone.

    But even then we couldn’t let them know too much – they had masters other than those in the community in which they lived.

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