A few months ago, I was speaking to an officer of 20+ years service who said he joined the police to help the elderly cross the road and catch the burglar. I can imagine this was a lot easier to do back then, but with changes to the police service, less neighbourhood teams, less officers and a change in types of crimes, it is not often you see real community policing… A lot of the times it generally goes unheard of.
I have experienced neighbourhood policing at its finest, seeing local ‘beat bobbies‘ know and target their offenders, eradicate gangs, tackle the key issues and build strong rapports with community activists, shops, residents and even the local youths. This is something which one has to experience and actually see for themselves to understand real neighbourhood policing.
The media rarely shows positive stories about the police, however, one story recently caught my eye… PC Chris Stevens of Northamptonshire Police made the headlines when he helped an 83-year old granddad walk home whilst holding on to his shopping for him. The video and images went viral and had over a whopping 400,000 shares. Now this isn’t policing at its finest, but in fact humanity.
As the officer is correctly quoted saying;
“It’s nice that the police are getting recognition for doing good things, but it’s nothing more than any of my colleagues would have done. These things happen on a daily basis up and down the country”
He ought to get the recognition he deserves, but as any other officer would, he humbly passes his recognition to his colleagues up and down the country. This acts as a reminder that we are more than just cops… Going that extra mile, above and beyond his normal duties is what makes officers like these stand out like real heroes.
“The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope” – Barack Obama