Police: Proactive or Reactive?

Just for a minute tonight I want to talk about the police. It has come to mind due to some of the comments that are coming through to the page about Lisa’s children and the facilitators involved.

Someone mentioned that one of Lisa’s daughters thought she was a ‘hard’ girl because she had reported Lisa to the police. There is two responses to that: 1) when you live in the real world you find out what happens to people that report every little thing to the police, and you get a name for yourself which puts you in danger; and 2) what do you think the police are going to do, they cannot protect you..

Hypothetically, if someone was going to say break into your house. What can the police do about it? Well the answer is pretty much nothing. They have no idea of where or when it is going to happen so its going to happen and thats all there is to it. They may be able to give you a reference number for your insurance and they may eventually catch someone but your priceless possessions have already gone so their service is pretty lame.


What if someone was going to cause serious physical harm to you. Once again the police don’t know when it is going to happen or where or how. They can only react when it does happen, but by then its too late. If you have been shot or stabbed, major damage could have occurred and the only thing the police can do is try to find out who done it. What actual difference does that make to you? If you have to spend the rest of your life in a wheelchair because of some vicious attack, knowing that the person who done it may spend 5-10 years in prison is of no comfort. Most prisoners only serve half their time so effectively they could spend a couple of years in prison then come out and life is normal for them. You will be in that wheelchair for the rest of your life.

It asks the question whether the police are pro-active or re-active? and I think the answer is re-active.

The presence of the police force may ‘calm the waters’ in certain situations but in general their only use is to make a report of what has happened. Now I fully admit that sometimes that is useful, in a car accident for example when the damage is something that is maybe inconsequential but what happens when its more than that?

What happens when someone you dont know attacks you or someone you care about?

What happens when a stranger pushes into your house and takes your things?

What happens when a stranger abducts your child?

What happens when someone you know is killed?

and exactly how many burglaries go unsolved? how many murderers are there still out on the streets? how many children have gone missing and never been found? These numbers are a lot higher than you would think.

We all call the police because thats what we are trained to do, but the sad fact is that they can only respond to these situations, they can not actively stop them from happening.

Its also concerning with the re-offending rates for prisoners being so high, and after typing up Lisa’s thoughts on prison yesterday it all makes for troubling thoughts.

Maybe you should think about this next time you piss someone off because the sad fact of the matter is, that once it has happened there is very little you can do about it. We are a nation that is taking the law into its own hands with more reports of serious crimes, stabbings, shootings and abductions every day.

Try to prevent being in a situation that could provoke such behaviour from anyone, and if you are in that situation then try to find a way to resolve the issue before it gets out of hand. The police cannot and will not protect you.

Until next time people, look after each other. One of us wont be here tomorrow. God bless x


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