Thursday, October 05, 2006

'A Police Officer is just that, simple and plain.'

Met Defends Muslim Officer Move

When a person becomes a Police Officer, personal feelings should not become involved in the job they do.

If a Christian Police Officer had asked to be excused from guarding an embassy of a Muslim country, based on moral grounds, you feel he would have been told to get on with his/her job, and rightly so.

A Police Officer is just that, simple and plain. When a person puts on that uniform, they are no longer a Muslim, a Christian, a woman, a man, a homosexual or a heterosexual but a Police Officer.

Imagine a Police Officer arrives at a incident, he notices that the shoplifter is actually a friend of his. He decides to let the man go, because he thinks it will hurt his conscience if he does not. Is this the right thing to do?

The answer is found in the words of Superintendent Dal Babu from the Association of Muslim Police Officers:

‘We're going down a very, very slippery slope if we then start having postings based on individual officers' conscience.’

Perhaps this should be a lesson to the Police as a whole, nothing they do goes without scrutiny, what seems to be a small, insignificant issue can escalate into front page headlines.

Big Brother, AKA The Media, is watching.


At 2:59 PM, Anonymous 200Weeks said...

That of course depends on whether you believe the Sun's version of events or the Met's which are both different.

I presume from your post you are with the Sun and the other sensationalist media, then?

At 4:14 PM, Blogger Joe90 said...

My post is not based specifically on what has happened or what has been reported, it is based on the principle of personal feelings not becoming involved with the job of a Police Officer.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger fjl said...

Good, mature posting. I am so sorry you accidentally got deleted from blogroll in the changes! I'll put you back on.

At 7:23 PM, Blogger John said...

I'm pretty sure that in the not too distant past someone in position of supervisor would have said "Don't put Ally Oop up at the 4 by 2s" and the situation would never have arisen. Now, I assume, it cannot be said for a variety of reasons. The H & S angle came into play as soon as the PC said he was not comfortable with his duty. Just imagine they ignored it, PC had something serious happen. In any enquiry he would be sure to say he had doubts about being there. The clever buggers would then attack that decision.
I'm a bit worried about the idea that he had to do as he was told without any question or reservation. If that is the attitude, the change from Police Force to Police Service did nothing - he is a member of a force just as if were a soldier.

At 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Supt. Dal Babu's comments re worrying about an officer's partiticular concerns. You are either in the job or you aren't.


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