LETTER: What happened to common sense policing?

Reading the plight of PC Rothwell takes me back many years. Have we not progressed after all this time?

Monday, 17th April 2017, 11:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:35 pm

Our two sons served in the Royal Navy following on into the police force. They served in opposing counties down on the south coast.

One was driving around in a police car and attached to the armed unit. The other a community constable patrolling his beat around the streets.

The latter was hauled onto the carpet for not making his target of arrests.

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Like PC Rothwell, he too took pity on the locals and was prepared to talk to and advise his ‘flock’.

This to him was a much better deal rather than have them on the road to crime and long histories of law breaking.

Our police commissioner advocates building a better relationship with local people. Is this not what PC Rothwell was also trying to achieve?

Surely, common sense is the best.

Keith Saxton

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