We’ve been sent a message by a concerned reader about alleged serious failings on the part of local police. So let’s put it out there…
“I have become more than aware of a number of cases over the years of law abiding members of the general public becoming increasingly frustrated at what they perceive to be the total lack of action by the Police when they are informed of consistent drug dealing from domestic premises.
There appears to be a pattern of Police response in ALL the cases that I am aware of.
Firstly, after several complaints about lack of action by the Police, individuals find themselves having to complain higher up the ‘food chain’ ((i.e. to the Chief Constable or to their local member of parliament ) Eventually a ‘community’ Police officer gets in touch and explains that they need more detailed ‘intel’ (Intelligence). They will want car registration numbers, times of callers, reports of ‘incidents’ (such the associated shouting outside of the various properties etc) In all the cases that I am aware of all this information (and much more) is provided. This usually goes on for a number of months.
Then the question from local residents becomes ‘How much information do the Police actually require before they actually do something?’ This is a question no one actually gets an answer to… because nothing actually happens.
No doors are kicked in, open drug dealing continues. Nothing changes. Local residents give up. This is the pattern on the Wirral.
It seems that there is something structurally wrong with the organisation of the local Police for things like this to continue.
I am not anti Police. I know that the ordinary copper has to go out and fight with knobheads everyday. (And that they do this day in and day out. ) But there is something wrong with the set up as it stands, concerning the response to reports of drug dealing from domestic premises.
So this is my appeal to Merseyside Police, do something, get a grip – or you are going to lose all the good will and respect of a lot of very ordinary Wirral people?”
It would be interesting to know whether the same applies for crimes involving theft or which carry the threat of violence to the public such as robbery, burglary etc. and whether there is a consistent and effective approach across the stark wealth divide that exists here on Wirral?