Sunday, 30 August 2009

Crap policing in Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest acting borough commander Sue Williams said: “It is our duty to provide the best possible service to the public and this includes being visible on the streets and in your neighbourhoods to prevent crime from happening in the first place.

Which is complete garbage, as I hardly ever see police officers on the streets of the borough, and when I do they are usually in cars, driving like lunatics with sirens blaring and blue lights flashing (and when they are not driving like lunatics they are parked on the pavement, in an Advanced Stop Line, or condoning pavement parking by bullion drivers).

The Metropolitan Police does not enforce ASLs for cyclists and is contemptuous of its duty of care to vulnerable road users. It is complicit in driver crime by declining to take it seriously. Speeding, red light jumping, ASL obstruction and drivers on handheld mobiles are all at epidemic proportions locally, and Sue Williams, like Commander Mark Bowden, doesn’t give a damn.

I wasn’t surprised either to learn that Walthamstow is a burglary hotspot.