Edit: I wrote this as a generic introduction to the issue of the police being held to account. I intend to write about the IPCC and issue of officers resigning once the program has aired.
"To earn the privilege of holding to account...
...i must first learn to be held to account"
Every police officer in the country will have heard how difficult it can be to be in the job when mistakes are made. Being held to account generally isn't comfortable. It can be embarrassing. It can be upsetting. It can make the job of policing much harder. What can be easy to forget is that the public, often through the press, have the absolute right to challenge us when we make mistakes. If we want to enjoy public support we must welcome such scrutiny.
However, we must put those feelings to one side, accept Panorama's findings without quibbling over semantics, and behave like the highly professional family of good honest public servants that the majority of us are.
It is right that we should be held to account, no matter how uncomfortable that may be at times...but is there a limit? I would love to hear your thoughts on the program, aired tonight (Monday 31st October 2011) on BBC1 at 20:30. It would be great to hear if you agree with my definition of 'policing by consent'...have i got it right?
PS: Note the lack of cat photos...it wasn't easy to avoid them lol