This last week has been a busy and testing time for our small force.
We were stretched to our limits and beyond but managed not to snap with the help of our support staff, Special Constables and the pure determination and grit of all involved.
It is in such times like this when we tell our family that we don’t know when we will be home, cancel plans for the next few days and work long hours that we really show who we are and with this strangely comes a massive, tangible and real morale boost.
Officers from different areas and departments simply come together and many different hats are worn so that the right person is in the right place at the best time.
Police are at their best under pressure. We are can do people with a passion to succeed regardless of the demands placed upon us. We don’t always get it right but we always try our best with what we have.
At the time it is tiring and demanding but when the dust begins to settle and the wheels start turning you cannot help but feel pride when being carried along on the wave of excitement that comes with working in such a manner and in a team such as ours.
We choose to do this job. No one makes us and we don’t want sympathy. However, despite the hard work behind the scenes this week we have come under fire from those people who like to criticise and comment on social media and often without knowing the facts.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion and this is an important right but these days opinions often seem to be aired without any facts or first hand knowledge which can be dangerous and upsetting for families of loved ones involved in investigations and can actually cause major complications relating to evidence and court.
Social Media is one of the greatest inventions of our time. It helps us to communicate with each other, find lost friends and family, share information, keep people safe and at times amuse ourselves. However, at times I fear that we have all become a little dismissive of the harm that it can cause if we don’t think before we post or share or comment.
We are all part of a big team in our own little communities and we all have a responsibility to keep ourselves and each other safe but all I ask is that we all take a moment to think about what we do and what we say and if by doing such a thing will it harm another.
We teach our children to do this but we sometimes get so caught up in our busy and often stressful lives that I fear we forget to take a moment, take a breath and think about the possible repercussions of our actions and our behaviour.