Well-known commentator Jeremy Paxman, in an article in the Financial Times, accurately wrote: [Metropolitan police officers] “consider themselves fortunate that, in central London, back-up can be with them inside a minute or so. Police officers patrolling county towns on a weekend night are much more exposed.”
My own comment: As was the case for many, many of my colleagues back in the 1970s and 80s, I recall occasions when I had to wait 15 minutes or more for the ‘urgent assistance’ I had requested for the violent situations I was dealing with, alone. It was accepted as being part of our job, and in rural areas I suspect that the situation is now even worse, given the reduction in officer numbers and the closure of many small-town police stations over recent years. At times, rural policing can be very far from the idyllic job it might appear to be. Steve Shearwater
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