Be Festive not Foolish

It is that time of year again where the Festive period results in people being unnecessarily silly.

The don’t drink/drug drive campaigns do the rounds again.

The shoplift/purse theft campaigns do the rounds again.

The burglary campaigns do the rounds again.

Yet for reasons unknown to us, people still drink & drive. People still take drugs & drive. People still steal, and people still break into homes and steal presents.

Just today, somebody was in Custody having blown 166. Just how?!

Be festive, not foolish.

Yesterday, a delivery driver was in Custody having been caught drink driving. Just why?!

Be festive, not foolish.

Over the last week there’s been yet another rise in violent assaults. Of people being bottled over the head, being attacked with machetes, being involved in car crashes where alcohol has played a part.

Be festive, not foolish.

It’s only the 3rd December. We, as Police, as Paramedics, as all Emergency Services, know that there is worse to come. The demand is massive, the hours worked are excessive, and Christmas is still weeks away.

Weeks more of Christmas parties, of alcohol fuelled assaults, of thefts from shops. Twice this week (I’m on day 3 of 6 of my working week) my Custody block has stopped accepting new prisoners because it’s been full. It has capacity to hold over 50.

Help us. Be festive, not foolish.

Don’t complain if we don’t arrive as quickly as you would like. You don’t know what we’ve just come from.

Don’t complain if you see us in Tesco buying food. You don’t know when we last ate.

Don’t go to A&E unless it is an accident or emergency (the clue is in the title).

Don’t abuse the call takers when you don’t get the answer you want. You don’t know how much pressure they are under.

Be festive, not foolish. Support us. Help us and work with us.

One thought on “Be Festive not Foolish”

  1. A really excellent blog, while I wouldn’t say I enjoy them exactly i look forward to getting them. Keep safe. Margaret Wilmot

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