Dr Alan Billings
The terrorist attack in London in which a police officer died reminded me of a conversation I had recently with a South Yorkshire police officer. She was recovering at home from injuries she had received while on duty. We had a cup of tea and a chat.
We had met briefly at a police Awards ceremony where she and a colleague had been commended for their bravery. These ceremonies happen each year across the county to recognise and celebrate outstanding work that particular police officers, PCSOs and staff do.
For obvious reasons, perhaps, South Yorkshire Police have often been reluctant to draw attention to any good work because it can trigger immediate criticism, especially on social media, from those who only want to remember past failings. But if the police service is to move to a better place, it has to be able to point to excellence with confidence. It needs to be able to celebrate what is good and take pride in it.
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