Yes as I thought you are right and I am wrong , how silly of me.Yes, much as you find it difficult to accept, I regret to say you probably are wrong.
I haven’t seen a bobby in the village where I live for months. But I know that they have been there, almost daily. I know that, not just because of what I do, but also because I play golf with our local bobby and there is nothing he doesn’t know about this community. Nothing. His knowledge is not something he gains by not getting out and speaking with local people. Surprisingly, even though I don’t see him and his colleagues, equally I don’t spend every waking hour looking for them, and there’s every possibility they might just have passed by when my attention was elsewhere. Or perhaps I might actually not have been at home. But hey, it happens. It might just happen down your way, too.
But far more significantly, my nearly 29 years’ experience of policing, experience you don’t have, is such that I can say with some certainty that there is not a community anywhere in this country which has been abandoned by its local police, regardless of what you think. That won’t mean a 24/7 presence in plain sight of your front door, but they will still be about.
Things might be bad after a decade of austerity. But they’re not quite that bad.
I live in a suburb in a major city and have seen cops in the city centre on foot but knowhere else.
When I don’t golf I go for a very long walk every day ,I don’t see any except whizzing in their cars.
That’s not community policing to me sorry.
Can’t make it any plainer.
I am not having a go at the police far from it I would love to see them more.
But I don’t.