The NYPD have recently undertaken a form of industrial action – is this ever something that’s acceptable for police officers to do? (Image from NYPD Drills)
There are lots and lots of things that us police can do.
We can arrest folk, we get to go on stakeouts and drive our squad cars down alleys through piles of cardboard boxes.
On the flip side, there are also things that we cannot do either because there are rules or laws that advise us certain things are not permissible.
One of the things that us British police cannot do is strike owing to the Police Act 1996 telling us that it’s not something that’s okay for us to do.
The debate over whether we should be able to strike has been hovering in the background for several years with some in the Police Federation suggesting we should be balloted on getting the right to strike in response to changes to our working conditions.