A main item on the BBC news today has been about how, “Police ‘rationing’ puts public at risk, warns watchdog.”
According to the BBC, the police standards watchdog has warned that some police forces are putting the public at risk by rationing their response as they struggle with cutbacks.
The are saying that some forces are “downgrading” 999 calls, in order to justify responding to them more slowly.
The HMIC’s report found that there are now too few detectives and in some areas an erosion of neighbourhood policing.
The BBC is reporting that 67,000 people suspected of crimes were not entered onto the police national computer – so that all forces were made aware of them. And that some forces had assessed domestic abuse victims over the phone rather than face-to-face.
Some police forces are even assessing domestic abuse victims over the phone rather than face-to-face.
We could go on, but you have got the picture.
Contrast this with the police response to Christians preaching in public.
Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell, along with another preacher were arrested for preaching the word of God in public, and Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were found guilty under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, this past Monday.
Is it possible that while there may have been a need for a police officer to attend the preaching event due to the anger of some members of the public? Asking the members of the public, who did not wish to hear the preaching, to move along might have been a better use of police time and money.
But that would not fulfil the “liberal agenda,” (today, of course, liberal means everything but liberal), of those who wish to shut the church up, and prevent the preaching of the Word of God.