01.07.2015 - 02:17 [ BSC Policing Network ]

`We have met the enemy and he is us´ – Kelly, W. (1971) Pogo – Earth Day. Simon and Schuster

(21.April) The problem here isn´t demand; it´s a culture of reliance built up through years of the police and other agencies consistently responding to incidents (or are they just events?) where individuals and communities have lost the ability to manage situations themselves. They call the police, the police say yes, and then find themselves entwined in a game of, ‘touched you last.’ Once embroiled in the ‘event’ police find themselves trapped as players in a game that shouldn’t be theirs to play. Is this the ‘invisible demand’ that is the real cause of the police struggling to cope with austerity?