Throughout my presently 32 years in public life I have had numerous encounters with police officers. The vast majority of those encounters have been really positive and I grew to respect many police women and men as a consequence.
But I have also encountered police officers who have struck me as being simply the wrong type of person to put on that uniform. I refer to personality traits such as controlling, self-important or remote from the communities they are meant to be serving.
Yes police officers have to be tough and unwavering as they try to keep us safe but they all also require good diplomatic and interpersonal skills despite the challenges of their job.
I don’t know about you but I sighed when I read the Liverpool Echo article above. It’s all well and good apologising but the bottom line is the remark should never have been made in the first place by a police officer. OK the officer has been given ‘management advice’ but surely the officer’s managers must be thinking that this seeming lack of judgement is far more serious than an apology can put right.