Rude and sarcastic police officers are to get a lesson in manners after a surge in complaints about incivility.Is anyone surprised?
The move comes after reports of police rudeness have shot up by 14 per cent in the last year from 11,385 allegations in 2007-2008 to 12,948 this year across the UK.And naturally, this hasn't gone down well with some:
Greater Manchester Police saw a 17 per cent rise in complaints from the public from 1,794 to 2,102 in the same period, according to the Independent Police Complaints Commission
A quarter of those were about officers being impolite or intolerant, which was higher than the national average of 21 per cent.
But the courtesy course has angered many officers who claim they are being forced to act like 'Mary Poppins' when dealing with thugs.And if all they did was deal with thugs, they'd have a point.
However, they also deal with people who aren't thugs:
Last Wednesday night a police car stopped beside me as I parked outside my home. I could get out but his passenger window was open and the officer inside told me toNow, does that sort of behaviour make one more disposed to support the police in their crime-fighting efforts, or less?
‘Get into your car and put the headlights on,’ which I did. ‘And now walk to the front of the car.’
I obeyed, and one of the headlights was broken. News to me. Well, I never.
‘Oh,’ I said, all citizenly.
‘Get it sorted,’ came the voice from a now disappearing patrol car.
I know how it makes me feel...