Wednesday, 21 December 2011


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has published a review of the Police's tactical responses to England's August Riots.

The headline idea is that arsonists could be shot dead to protect the lives of building occupants. Odd that Parliament decided off its own bat to stop capital punishment as a sentence for murder because of a few miscarriages of justice but the Police consider themselves capable of being judge, jury and executioner in the (literally) heat of the moment, without the opportunity of an appeal or petition to the Home Secretary.

If anyone deserves to be shot during a riot it is the senior police officers who allow public order to get out of hand and escalate by neglecting to swamp the miscreants with overwhelming force and speedy arrests. It is their job to organise timely reinforcements in the right places, not to attempt to establish a black-uniformed copy of the Army.

Another idea in the report is to use water cannons on rioters. Now that would be a practical solution to arson - perhaps such vehicles could be painted red for identification purposes and made available to fight ordinary fires when not needed to quell riots..

1 comment:

Thud said...

You might be on to something on that last point although the idea does vaguely sound familiar.