Braverman champions “common-sense policing” over social justice, urges police to focus on reducing violence and saving lives
Home Secretary Suella Braverman has urged the police to utilise their increased stop and search powers and focus on “common-sense policing” rather than engaging in social justice debates or succumbing to political correctness.
Speaking on LBC’s Nick Ferrari show, Braverman criticised police involvement in debates on social media about gender and dancing in the streets. She instead encouraged officers to be proactive and courageous in their decision-making, using the increased stop and search powers granted to them to reduce violence and save lives.
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When asked about the potential alienation of communities due to increased stop and search, Braverman highlighted the importance of engaging with communities and praised the rise in ethnic minorities and women joining the police force. She also noted the introduction of new guidance on non-crime hate incidents to ensure freedom of expression is protected and lawful incidents are not over-policed.
Braverman declined to comment on the specific case of police removing golly dolls from an Essex pub, but expressed concerns about police responses to complaints about hurt feelings or offence. She maintained that the police’s role is not to police lawful debates where feelings may be hurt or offence taken.
The Home Secretary’s comments come amidst criticism of police conduct at events and as the Prime Minister announced that the government is close to recruiting 20,000 new officers for England and Wales, fulfilling a key pledge from Boris Johnson’s 2019 election win. The recruitment drive aims to diversify the police force, attracting more women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds.
However, concerns have been raised about the rapid recruitment potentially leading to lower-quality or rogue officers being hired. The Home Office maintains that all new recruits will undergo a rigorous vetting process. The recruitment plan is expected to cost £18.5 billion over the next decade.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman calls for increased use of stop and search powers and a return to common-sense policing, moving away from debates on social justice and political correctness. With the government nearing its goal of recruiting 20,000 new officers, concerns have been raised about the potential impact on police quality and standards.
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