Inspector Gadget writes the best public service blog, bar none. Today he explains the real reasons why the police sometimes disappoint their "customers":
- You are mad and are asking us to communicate with your deceased grandmother or fight Cybermen in your garden. (true story)
- You are attention seeking and you want us to bring up your kids, sort out your love-life and ‘do’ your ex-partner for texting you.
- You expect everything to be solved in 40 minutes with no real evidence and all criminals to confess in interview. (like on the telly)
- You are a sensible law-abiding citizen who has a genuine need and are waiting for us to deal with 1-3 above.
Spot on, I suspect. A policeman's lot is not a happy one. The saddest thing about Inspector G's very entertaining writing is how little he clearly has to do with category 4, to which most of us belong.
I cannot recommend his blog enough. It's often funny, sometimes sad and always self-evidently honest. Reading it, as a civil libertarian for whom (thanks to their political masters) the police are often in the firing line, keeps me in touch with the realities of their vital and often under-rated work. It stops me seeing them as the enemies of liberty they so often seem. Every so often his superiors have a go at Inspector G. about his blog. In truth, he does them more good than their entire PR budget.