April's edition of Police magazine is now online on the Police Federation website.
Here is the link to the Police magazine for April:
You can also download it here as a pdf
I am really struggling this month. They were short-staffed at the coffee shop where I grab a much-needed morning pep-up at around 7.30am. How on earth will I survive the day? I literally run off caffeine like a truck on diesel. Not enough staff to get through the queues of hollow-eyed commuters starting their day.
This got me thinking about applying political theory to serving caffeine in the same way as we do to policing.
If I were a Conservative politician, I would be saying: “Well, they are managing the cuts, I mean, not everyone gets their morning coffee on time, but it will turn up at some point, in fact I reckon they could probably manage it on less staff in a more efficient manner. They could simply make other staff work longer perhaps, double-shifts until they drop down on the floor amidst the coffee beans and discarded sugar packets.”
A Labour politician might show concern that staffing seems to be impacting on the daily perk, but they can’t guarantee to go back to those staffing levels once cut, only that they won't get rid of more. The possibility is you might receive your latte, but served by a red-eyed slurring over-worked member of staff, mumbling something about sleep while spilling boiling water down themselves. The Lib Dems would want more people serving coffee and fewer people in the backroom (are there any left?). So who will fill the bloody coffee machine then, that's all I’m asking? I'm not tetchy.
This may seem a bit facile but the fact is that when there are fewer officers, there are fewer people to serve the public. Cuts do have consequences, and will surely lead to trouble brewing for politicians whatever the party. You can't let the public wait in a queue when it comes to dealing with crime, and officer numbers are more than just a storm in a tea cup.