Are the police doing enough?

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I have always thought that police are an amazing part to our society and you know they save the day, their the heroes and that they catch the baddies. However, as I have got older I have obviously began to read the news on a day to day basis. Therefore, I am now more aware of my surroundings.

So as I was reading the news I came across an article called Where Are The Boys In Blue? This means where are the police? This was all about the topic of police and violent crime.

This really interested me seeing as I have such a good image of the police within my mind.

I began to read the article and it really shocked me. These are just a few things of witch the article mentioned. It went into the depth that there aren’t enough police on duty and that they aren’t doing their job good enough. Something that made perfect sense to me was the fact that when witnesses of a crime call the police they end up coming to late and then the culprit has already got away. However, if more police were on duty this would not happen seeing as they would be there to. Apparently, CCTV is just used as an aid to see the culprits face the only thing is the majority of the time the culprit ends up making a run for it. Then they won’t get caught.

It was only last year that my grandparents got burgled for the first time in their lives. The burgalry was captured on CCTV but could the police do anything? No nothing. And why I say nothing is because the police did not come out until an hour later. Even though my grandma wrang the police 8 minutes after she saw what had happened and the burglers travelled by foot. So if the police where on time there would have been a higher chance of the criminals getting caught. Even though this is to do with burlgary and not violent crime I believe that there is a strong link.

Many blame this all on the police and that the police are the ones in the wrong. That they are the ones who should make sure that their team are in streets and sidewalks to keep track of what is going on. I believe that there could be a deeper meaning that that even though it looks as though the blame goes towards the police, the blame could perhaps go to the government.

Seeing as, the government may not be giving enough money to the police forces so therefore, the police department don’t have enough money to give down to the police. They also won’t get as many police as well due to this crisis and if there is a lack of police there won’t be enough police to go to streets and sidewalks. So this will not deter the problem of violent crime.

Who knows was the article that I read trustworthy enough?

I would like to know what your take is on this. Do you think that it is the police or the government‘s fault? Or are you mixed? Or do you think the blame goes to someone entirely different?

Comments (47)

  • Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
    29 Jan 2019

    Well done!

    This post has been given a star for showing healthy scepticism. Firstly, you challenge your own ideas of the police. Then you listen to what an article challenging your viewpoint has to say and you also challenge where the blame is being placed.

    Do you have a link to the article so we can all read it?

    If there isn't enough money for more police, how could communities come together to work on reducing violent crime?

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg nice_seagull | Hanson Academy
    30 Jan 2019

    i think the police are doing an okay job but they can try harder :)

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      nice_seagull's comment 01 Feb 2019

      Can you expand on the ways of which the police force could try harder?

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg fairminded_flower | Hanson Academy
    30 Jan 2019

    i think your article is very accurate and your point is very good i really liked your article carry on doing what your doing your awesome :)

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg storytelling_impression | Hanson Academy
    30 Jan 2019

    I believe that the issue here is partly that the amount of police officers with training and full knowledge is low, presumably compared to the amount of crimes committed each year. With more officers and efficient training for a few years cases would have been took further.
    Furthermore, I agree that the government may not be paying people enough for being part of the police force, therefore young people with aspirations to be police officers might change their minds.

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  • New-Horizons-logo-250x250.jpg generous_recipe | New Horizons Children's Academy
    30 Jan 2019

    I think it is the police’s fault because if they came on time they would have been able to catch them. Also my friend has gotten physically harassed before and called the police but they were too late. I believe if the police was faster to respond to the people who need them the world would be safer.

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      generous_recipe's comment 30 Jan 2019

      I am sorry to hear. Yes, I agree with you if the police were on time, the police might have been able to have caught the person

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg charismatic_chameleon | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    30 Jan 2019

    I dont think it is the polices fault, imagine how hard it is being a policeofficer. Every 20 minutes a police officer is assualted, now do you want to be a police officer! Also money that goes towards the police force have gone down 19 percent so there are less of the because the get less pay which means there are less officers to support one another when one is assualted or attacked. There are several officers who die or get fatally injured from the job, even if they are trying there best. So being a police officr can be so much harder then you think. You need to be brave and clever and much more. So blaming the oficers is not fair because they are trying hard. But crimes will always happen and the police stop most of it. Also police are busy with other crimes.

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      charismatic_chameleon's comment 31 Jan 2019

      Well done for challenging a viewpoint. Do you think there is a lack of respect for the police force?

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg freespirited_iceberg | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    30 Jan 2019

    I think it is the polices fault because they always spend more time chasing people than actually arresting them.Also they should change the jail to the old American one because these ones are just bars but the old ones were full iron doors with small slides to check on the criminals. Anyway carry on with what you are doing. you are epic(this is my first ever comment and it feels awesome);D

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    1. Tiff-Avatar.jpg Tiff @ the BNC
      freespirited_iceberg's comment 31 Jan 2019

      Welcome to the Hub freespirited_iceberg!

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg kind_hurricane | Richmond Hill Academy
    31 Jan 2019

    i think poilice are not doing enough about violent crimes because each time something there always a little late add they get away with it .

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg charismatic_chameleon | Streatham Wells Primary School A
    31 Jan 2019

    yes, i feel like people don't understand how hard the police are working and how little they get. it's hard to catch a criminal carrying a gun or Knife. A police officer called Wayne Marques was stabbed several times at the London bridge terrorist attack while trying to defend the himself and others with only a baton. there were three terrorists and yet he survived. (the guardian)
    An average police officer earns about 23,500 pounds a year were as a game designer earns about 45,000 pounds a year.
    i think we take them for granted because they are very important, protecting us and without them people could get away with many crimes big or small.

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      charismatic_chameleon's comment 02 Feb 2019

      So are you to blame it on the government at all

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg trustful_grasshopper | Hanson Academy
    01 Feb 2019

    the need more police

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      trustful_grasshopper's comment 02 Feb 2019

      Can you think of ways to get more police do you think higher pay could ba an option?

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg balanced_volcano | Graveney School
    01 Feb 2019

    I agree with you about how the police need to improve catching the culprit, however its not all their fault. Plus, there has been less funding for them, e.g. since 2008 the funding for police has gone down by 19%.You need to work on your spelling as well.

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      balanced_volcano's comment 02 Feb 2019

      Exactly, what words am I spelling wrong.

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    2. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      balanced_volcano's comment 02 Feb 2019

      Which words were spelt incorrectly?

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      1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
        easygoing_rabbit's comment 12 Feb 2019

        It’s more grammar. Also, the word ‘baddies’ is very formal and make for KS1. Also ‘witch’ should be ‘which’.

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg perceptive_location | Hanson Academy
    01 Feb 2019

    I sometimes feel like the police are not doing enough because most of the time they ignore crimes and don't believe the people who are telling them about what is happening on the streets or in alley-ways but on the other hand they are doing quite a bit because they are walking around cities protecting innocent people from dangerous crimes.

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      perceptive_location's comment 02 Feb 2019

      Do you believe that it is partly the governments fault.

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg eager_tamarillo | Hanson Academy
    01 Feb 2019

    I think it is not the police's fault because one of the reasons is that being a police officer is a really skilled and dangerous job. Lots of police officers die or get injured every day so not many people want to be a police officer.Would you want to work day and night trying to save as many people as you can but instead you get yourself injured?My second reason is that it takes years and years to train and a lots of people get tired easily and wouldn't keep up so they just give up. Some of the training g skills are they have to learn state law,criminal investigations, patrol procedures,firearm training,traffic control,defensive driving,self defense,first aid and computer skills.Another reason is that the salary for the police is very low.The starting salary for a police office is around £19.971 to £23.124 which is quite similar to the salary of McDonald's which £17.000.So do you want to risk your life but not get payed enough to make a living? In conclusion I think the police are doing enough!

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      eager_tamarillo's comment 02 Feb 2019

      However, some people love the thrill of being a police officer so what can you say to them? Can you explain to me why the police that do enjoy there job and have done all the training don’t turn up on time and aren’t there when needed?

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      1. Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg eager_tamarillo | Hanson Academy
        easygoing_rabbit's comment 06 Feb 2019

        it is still not there fault because there is a lot of traffic sometimes and some of the police stations are too faraway

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    2. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      eager_tamarillo's comment 02 Feb 2019

      Can you challenge yourself to imagine that it is the police’ s fault. If not I want to say your comment had many valuable points. So thank you

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg intelligent_fossil | Hanson Academy
    01 Feb 2019

    i dont think police arnt doin that mutch cuz people are geting stabed

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    1. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      intelligent_fossil's comment 02 Feb 2019

      So are you saying that the police are almost to scared to do there job because there is to much knife. If this is what what your saying I am not so sure about that because that is after all what the police signed up for, they signed up to help the people in need.So what is your take on that?

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    2. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      intelligent_fossil's comment 02 Feb 2019

      I meant to put knife crime not just knife in my comment

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  • Hanson-logo-250x250.jpg humble_lobster | Hanson Academy
    01 Feb 2019

    they are not doing there jobs proply because there letting criminals

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    1. Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg amusing_impression | Noel Park Primary School
      humble_lobster's comment 01 Feb 2019

      What will happen to the criminals if the police wasn't there to escort the ganglary to prison?

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    2. Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_rabbit | Highdown School
      humble_lobster's comment 02 Feb 2019

      They are letting criminals what?

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg faithful_sealion | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Feb 2019

    So i don`t think there really doing anything because the police on the streets have been cut down.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg capable_wombat | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Feb 2019

    i think that the police are doing the most that i possible however if they would be not doing all their best it can be the orders of the government so that the police officers refuse to do any actions for the orders of the government

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg cherished_petal | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Feb 2019

    I think the police is trying there best but crimes keep on increasing so the number on police should also be increased and I think police are a target of criminals so it might also be difficult to do there job and get hunted by lawbreakers.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_wolverine | Noel Park Primary School
    01 Feb 2019

    I read the article which easygoing_rabbit mentioned in their post: with violent crime soaring where are the boys in blue? The main thing I took away from the article was that we need more police on the streets, particularly in areas that are known crime hot spots. However, I also read the article as blaming the government more than the police.
    It is politicians, such as Nick Hurd who is mentioned in the article, that believe the cost of policing the streets on this scale is too great. I wasn’t sure about easygoing_rabbits comment about the police not doing their job, so I decided to do a bit more research into the matter.
    I read an article on the BBC (Reality Check: What has happened to police numbers?) that said that under the Conservative and coalition governments, the number of police officers has fallen by somewhere between 19,000 and 22,000. Numbers of police community support officers (PCSOs), who patrol the streets, have fallen by almost 40% during this period- that’s a lot fewer police than before! This isn’t simply police officers not doing their jobs. This is police numbers being cut by a government that doesn’t seem to see the benefit of having them on the street!
    Between 2019 and 2015 overall policing budgets have fallen by 20% and although this is now being protected, the government admits that not every force will benefit.
    All this points to the fact that, in my opinion at least, the lack of police on the streets is much more the fault of the government than the police themselves. Unless we can make the government see the value that having police patrol the streets has on crime levels, I can’t see things getting any better.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg champion_seahorse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    01 Feb 2019

    Good post and the police aren't doing there job right.

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  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg introspective_bilberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy
    02 Feb 2019

    Personally, I agree with you, however if we didn’t have any police at all, would crime rates be higher?

    Police are benefitting our community by decreasing the amount of crime, but I do agree that they should try to get the crime scene quicker. Despite this, could the fact that there is an issue with the amount of police officers with training and full knowledge being low have an impact on the amount of crimes committed per year. The fact that the amount of police officers are low, could this be due to the fact that they aren’t getting enough pay, and therefore linking back to your point.

    If police officers are not getting enough pay, this could be stopped by the taxes that we pay to go towards prisons going towards police pay instead. The prisoners could then pay for their food themselves and it could also decrease the crime rate as prisoners would be paying more for their crimes, so if they commit crimes over and over again, they would start to struggle financially. This could also mean that there could be a rise in the amount of people applying for police jobs, so there would also be a decrease in crime rates from that perspective.

    Furthermore, what happens if there is a burglary in a house which is out in the countryside? There would probably no police station near that area for miles, so there would be no chance of the police getting to that house in time. Despite the fact that the chance of a house in the countryside getting burgled is low, should children be taught at school how to deal if there is a burglary at their home and what they should do if the police are unable to get to their house in time? This would mean that when the children grow up into adults, they would not need to rely so much on the police in certain situations. If children do get taught at school, they could get taught in a variety of situations, not just if their house is getting burgled, which can benefit them if they do get into a violent situation when they are older and can reduce the chances of them getting hurt.

    To conclude, I do agree with you saying that police should try to be quicker getting to the scenes, but sometimes we could help them do that. If we got taught how to hold of in situations, only if it is just for a matter of minutes, the police could benefit from just them extra minutes and it could help them get to that place in time to catch the criminal.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      introspective_bilberry's comment 04 Feb 2019

      I am sceptical about your point about prisoners. Can you do some research about this and tell me whether you think it would be feasible to stop spending tax payer's money on prisons? What might be the challenges with this?

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  • Elaine-logo-250x250.jpg victorious_snow | Elaine Primary School
    03 Feb 2019

    At first, I actually thought it was the polices fault mainly because of their late arrivals and their questionings. But thinking deeper, it is really hard to answer.
    The police do take alot of time.
    One day as my dad was in hospital with my brother, a man came shouting at everyone who works in there. He was shouting because some one in a bar tried attacking him from the outside, being scared to leave the bar, that man called the police from staying inside. They asked too many questions and took far too long to reach that man, so as the bar eventually closed, he got thrown out and've been attacked heavily by the attacker.In this case, we don't know what actually happened or what the man did first for the other man to attack, but the police took alot of time. Can this be there fault though?
    It would be really hard to answer this question because what can they do if they have less people in duty or people not available for that job. And asking way too many questions, I don't know in which way this helps but this might undergo one of their strong procedure. It might be to confirm the truth. And finally, even if there are so many police in duty, they all might have a case to deal with. That case could involve lots of them depending the seriousity.
    On the other hand, we can blame police for closing police station so aerly. For example in the place I live, our nearist police station is a little far and they close so early. This could be worse in Sundays as it's open 9am-5pm. This gives high opprtunity for criminals to commit crime and to escape easily.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      victorious_snow's comment 04 Feb 2019

      Thanks for your account. What other resources are available to the public, when the police station isn't open?

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  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg resourceful_eagle | Millbank Academy A
    08 Feb 2019

    i think that police are helping saving the day by arresting voilent people its just that the question "Do you think police are doing better" is just sometimes true.I think this beacause people who are voilent are most of the times getting away with it. This is why i think most oftern police are struggling to capture bad people and put them into prision

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  • John-Ruskin-logo-250x250.jpg generous_banana | John Ruskin
    09 Feb 2019

    I disagree because the police could be on their way to a house that had been burgled and then the phone rings and somebody says they saw somebody selling drugs . The police officer never thinks of calling another police officer to go and deal with the problem and that's how culprits get away with it . So if you think the police are doing 100% on their job , they are doing HALF the work , trust me .

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg splendid_raccoon | John Ray Junior School
    12 Feb 2019

    In my opinion there should be more police (younger and stronger police)

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  • Highdown-logo-250x250.jpg loving_quince | Highdown School
    12 Feb 2019

    I think this is what balanced_volcano meant

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg great_duck | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    13 Feb 2019

    I don't personally think the police are to blame. There is little funding, making the job less appealing, making less police. If the government funded the police better, then there would be more police keeping us safe.

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