Just a few days ago there was a conversation about the difficulties people encounter as they try to work with our police service. Some will say, well, that has been in existence for decades.
Every evening on the police TV show ‘Beyond the Tape’, there are citizens who call in to complain to the presenters, Marlan Hopkinson and various senior police co-hosts, about how badly they have been treated by officers at stations all over the country. The police are trying, but there still exist ‘rogue’ officers. There is clearly an attempt to change the culture but the perception persists.
Making things more difficult is the Acting Police Commissioner’s attempt to defend the many missteps of the service with regular releases pertaining to a reduction in serious crimes, when the murder rate is increasing daily and detection has fallen below 25 per cent. But, he would not promise to improve the public relations of his fellow officers.