These cuts created that have been caused by austerity are too deep and have gone on far too long.
It’s not just a challenge Cleveland Police face, for most towns 10 officers over a weekend is valued, some run or more like 4 or 5. That is a reality.
These officers face daily and increasing assaults, the job they love and do is getting more and more dangerous. They leave there loved ones at home not knowing if they’ll return again. They do not do it for the money but for the love and the passion of helping me and you.
All the while they know they have the public support, but they also know people love to drag them down and keep kicking them while they are down. Some take great pleasure in laying into the Police especially the BBC, With dreadful headlines about Hartlepool.
Police Hour is based in Hartlepool, and we can promise you there are no streets within this town that are no-go areas for the police, the streets are not run by so-called vigilantes and the police do a stunning job. The community do a great job we are a feel-good town that is very community focused we’ll spend our last pound helping someone else in the community less fortunate.
Hartlepool is a great town, and in fairness the community is tight-knit, not everyone will understand that but in Hartlepool, everyone knows each other therefore crime is relatively low compared to other towns and cities, The police in Hartlepool do a great job.
Policing is based on demand, and trends, therefore, Cleveland Police are going to keep the officers exactly where they are needed. So instead of the negativity, we should in-fact praise the councillors and police for the work they carry out in Hartlepool.
The people of Hartlepool
Like all towns, Hartlepool is not perfect, but in Hartlepool, there is a great community feel and spirit which is unheard of in other parts of England, Hartlepool looks after there own and by that we don’t mean we send in the heavys when something goes wrong, we look after our offenders in the sense we volunteer at food banks, we raise money to keep these going we suspend coffee for them we try and help them which in turn helps keep our crime low.
If someone breaks the law, Hartlepool is such a tight community that the offenders step back inline because everyone knows everyone. Crime still happens mainly opportunistic criminals who take there chances of the offset no one will ever know it’s them.
They’ll target the big retail stores with thefts because they are seen as being able to afford it, rather than the smaller family-run businesses. Houses do get burgled but that’s the same everywhere you go.
Anywhere there is alcohol there is always violence at some point, and anywhere there is youths there will always be anti-social behaviour.
Crime is a fact of life, it’s always going to happen.
Hartlepool has had its fair share of really serious and awful crimes, but the police are always responsive and have someone arrested fairly sharpish. After all, Hartlepool is a great town with great police officers simply facing the challenges of deep cuts.
The story of Hartlepool simply highlights what every other force outside of London or the richer parts of England are facing, Hartlepool might be one of the poorest places in the UK but we’d rather be poor and live amongst some great people who really care about the area they live so much that they’d protect it on an evening by performing neighbourhood watch patrols.
The blame game
Be more intelligent, rather than assuming the police could not be bothered to attend that crime you reported, rather than assume they don’t care about that crime that happened to you, rather than assume they don’t want to see the CCTV footage that you have, Rather than assume they don’t want to help you challenge your mindset and think why, look at the challenges the police face, look at the lack of funding they have and the money that is relentlessly being taken out of the pot and you will find your answer.
Don’t blame your MP, Don’t blame the council, don’t blame the councillors, or the police. Challenge them especially those with the power and authority to make change within Westminster but individually don’t blame local authorities and those that are not within the governing party, Because most MP’s are actually fighting for the same thing and have been for years, they have been fighting cuts to policing and have been very key in supporting local police forces and speaking up for them in debates in the commons.
We simply no longer have the tools to do the job
Cleveland Police simply don’t have the tools to do the job anymore.
They can no longer attend incidents involving thefts from sheds, cars and other minor crimes.
Policing is now responsive oppose to having officers on the beat, because times have changed. An officer walking the streets isn’t really productive or of value when it comes to crime within 2018.
But because of huge cuts to budgets, Cleveland Police simply cannot afford the time, money or resources to investigate minor crimes such as thefts from cars.
It was warned by Police Hour and many years these cuts were deep, we campaigned and added pressure to prevent them, so the current state of policing should not shock our readers.
The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police has made it clear things are not ok after Hartlepool hit the headlines following a community group policing their own community.
Chief Constable – the cuts created and caused by austerity is too deep and have gone on for too long
Cleveland Police Chief Constable Mike Veale has today outlined the challenges, as he sees them, facing modern policing.
Chief Constable Mike Veale said: “Every day of the week there are officers and staff out on our streets keeping people safe and protecting our communities by showing the utmost courage. Policing in the 21st Century is a risky business where criminals are more sophisticated, more resourceful and more dangerous than they ever have been before. Every day of the week that courage and tenacity results in dangerous criminals being locked up, vulnerable people being protected and members of the public helped in their greatest hour of need.
“Within a few months of my joining Cleveland Police as the Chief Constable, I made it clear to all my staff that I want them to push the boundaries, be on the front foot, be in the face of criminals and be audacious in their approach. Those who say that the police service has had a culture of blame where risk aversion has been debilitating and impaired the trust and confidence of leadership in rank and file are right. This will not happen in my force.
“It’s absolutely right that local people expect safe streets and secure homes; this is at the heart of British policing. We will get more officers out into our communities and that is what we’re doing through a root and branch review of our services and transformation of the technology we use.
“But we must remember that it is not just about uniformed colleagues patrolling the streets anymore, as it was 20 or 30 years ago. An officer on the streets means an officer not looking after children online, not investigating crimes such as murder, rape and complex cases of child abuse or domestic violence. These are the challenges we face, and we will meet them head-on.
“These are complex issues and while simply crying ‘austerity’ is not good enough no one in policing today can claim it isn’t a factor. Forces across the country including Cleveland are more efficient and more effective than ever before but despite this efficiency, the service we are providing the public is nowhere near where it needs to be.
“I would not be exhibiting the courage that my officers and staff deserve if I continue to say we have enough resources if I continue with this commentary that things in policing are okay. They are not okay. The cuts created and caused by austerity are too deep and have gone on for too long.
“We have brilliant people doing a brilliant job but we do not have enough of them and the facts speak for themselves. It is about time that trend was reversed so that we can protect our communities, protect the most vulnerable and protect everyday people who go about their business and protect them with courage, kindness and compassion.
“My message is clear; give us the tools and we will do the job.”
Cleveland Police, Especially those working to keep Hartlepool safe we simply thank you for the hard work you are doing under increased and negative headlines.
Police Hour, will not kick you while you are down and nor will the community of Hartlepool.
We are a positive town full of positive people.