Why bother when you are not appreciated?
Do Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May know what police officers do on a daily basis?
As they relax in their state subsidised homes, or dine on exquisite country suppers, do they ever think about what British bobbies â€“ the finest police officers in the world as they say â€“ are having to face on the streets?
Yes, those very same police officers whose pay, conditions and pensions are being attacked on what now seems to be an almost weekly basis.
I ask because this week I spoke to a front line police officer.
Something Theresa and Dave have not dared do for a long time.
This cop told me of a horrific incident he had just dealt with. If you are of a weak disposition look away now. But all politicians and chief officers should read on.
The officer said: â€œPicture the scene – just coming onto duty to be asked to take an adult male in custody to hospital with a head injury – not a problem. However he had decided to purposely defecate himself.
â€œWe then had to endure a four mile trip to A&E in heavy traffic with what can only be described as an ungodly smell. Just about managing to keep the contents of my own stomach down we arrived at A&E.
â€œI went in to see if he could be triaged outside so the people in hospital didn’t have to suffer what we had. However we were told: â€œNo book him in as usualâ€.
â€œWe were then told he would need showering before treatment, so we were shown to a shower room and had to shower him down.
â€œHaving cleaned him and ourselves, he was treated for a cut to his nose. He then said on average he consumes 20 to 30 pints a day and when he normally soils himself he just throws his clothes out of his flat window.
â€œHis rent is paid for on benefits, his alcohol is paid for on benefits, his soiled clothing is paid for on benefits, as are his electric and gas.
â€œI go to work every day to deal with things like this.
â€œI don’t claim benefits and I am struggling to find just Â£30 to attend my Christmas work function.
â€œShould I give up work and go on benefits or continue working so my taxes pay for people like this?â€
This officerâ€™s individual tale is just one example of the job police officers do day in and day out. If politicians spoke to police officers they would realise this.
Despite what Mrs May constantly says, cops are much more than just crime fighters. They simply have to be.
All they want, all they demand, is to be fairly paid and rewarded for the work they do on our behalf.
Otherwise â€“ and this is a very real danger – they will be left wondering â€œWhy bother?â€