“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) have just published their report on “The Welfare of Vulnerable People in Police Custody.” For those who have been championing the apparent recent progress in this area it makes for sober reading. That is not to suggest for a moment that there hasn’t been progress but the report lays bare the scale of the journey still required. It is a long one with many obstacles.
In the last blog I talked generally about risk and how so much of police work is about the management of risk.
I discussed how easy it can be to achieve a target but miss the point – even in cases of high risk. I touched upon how risk has been ignored for too long as focus has been on types of crime rather than a crime’s individual effect on a victim.
Some of the comments on Twitter regarding the incident on the M42 over bridge have defied belief.
Comments have been directed at the individual brandishing him “selfish” and worse. They have also been directed at the police, criticising their handling of the matter. Read More…
This week I have been told of a case which pretty much typifies the title of this blog.
The situation arose when a man called the police for help as his partner, a mental health sufferer with a range of diagnosis – who had not been taking her medication, was having “an episode.” She had taken a knife to her wrist but not cut it and had then barricaded herself into a room with a quantity of tablets. Read More…