GMP’s New Chief Constable Stephen Watson says that the public would ‘rather we just locked up burglars’ than be seen taking the knee.
Admitting he believes that the level of ‘woke’ policing has passed a ‘high water mark’ of levels of tolerance from members of the public who would rather just see police officers out there policing and catching burglars.
The public are ‘fed up’ with the ‘virtue-signalling police officers’ and believes that the level of impartially of Policing officers could be undermined by responses to campaign groups which include actions like taking the knee or wearing pins, badges or rainbow shoelaces.
Mr Watson was asked if he would take the knee in uniform and he told The Daily Telegraph : “No, I absolutely would not.
“I would probably kneel before the Queen, God, and Mrs Watson, that’s it.”
Mr Watson took over the leadership role at GMP last month but the force remains in social measures because it has failed to properly record 80,000 crimes.
He has vowed that every crime reported to GMP will no be properly investigated after they previously were not taken seriously.
He said he would quit if the force is not in a ‘demonstrably better place’ within two years.
On impartiality, Mr Watson told the Telegraph: “Impartiality is in danger of being upset in our urge and desire to demonstrate that we would like to make common cause from time to time with people whose agenda is very difficult to disagree with.
“I do not think that things like taking the knee, demonstrating that you have a commonality of view with the protesters that you’re policing is compatible with the standards of service that people require of their police.
“Officers could put themselves in a difficult place because if you demonstrate you’re not impartial, and you then have to make an arrest, how on earth do you assist the courts to come to just judgement as to you having executed your powers of arrest in an appropriately impartial professional manner?”
Mr Watson added: “I think we’re past the high watermark.“The public are getting a little bit fed up of virtue-signalling police officers when they’d really rather we just locked up burglars.
Mr Watson comes to GMP from South Yorkshire, where he has been credited with introducing significant improvements.