Last week we learned the shocking facts of how Sarah Everard was taken from the street by a police officer abusing their powers and raped and murdered. How this happened is as much of a shock to me as it is to you.
I cannot think of anything quite like this in policing’s history. I am sure you feel as sick as I do.
There has been a great deal said about policing in the last few days. Most of it has been bad. This blog is primarily aimed at my fellow male officers.
To the dads, brothers, husbands, grandads, partners and sons, who work with me in policing.
I am sure many of the things you have heard this weekend about policing will have hurt, as they have me. Like me, you joined to protect people. The idea of a fellow officer abusing his powers to abduct, rape and kill a woman is against everything we believe in. I can understand the desire to see Sarah’s killer as a bad apple. Police officers are of course people that should be trusted. The facts are extraordinary.
This is the wrong lens through which to see these events.
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