Government spending cut (outs)?
- 29th September 2010
- Crazy but True Stories
A radical Cleveland policing solution has left Redcar offenders facing stiff opposition.
We all complain about the lack of police presence when a new crime comes to light, but it is uncertain whether this was exactly what the Redcar community had in mind after their recent crimewave.
A new initiative in the North-East has been rolled out (or, perhaps more accurately, propped up) in the form of cardboard cut-out police officers.
The new recruits to the North-East police team come printed complete with fluorescent jacket, helmet, and walkie talkie.
Situated in shopping centres, the hope is that they will act as a deterrent for muggers and pickpockets due to the recent spate of offences in the area.
"The theory is that it creates the impression at first glance of a capable guardian being on site, which hopefully also reduces the perception of fear of crime," said a Derbyshire police spokesman.
The force are evidently taking the new initiative very seriously, even refusing in an interview with the Telegraph to reveal the exact location of the individual cut-outs, arguing that "to release locations is likely to jeopardise the success of the trials".
As yet, the new bobbies have not been fitted with motion-activated sensors, or even Toy Story inspired pull cords, to bark out electronic warnings but watch this space.
It is no secret that the government have consistently pledged to cut spending wherever necessary, but one has to wonder, have they stepped over the thin blue line?
it creates the impression at first glance of a capable guardian being on site
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