Defence Policing

Spoilers and Saviours

Risks to community policing and the narrative of spoilers and saviours…

There’s an interesting ‘spoilers / saviours’ narrative which seems to be playing out in some UK tabloids.

Beratement of police for enforcement of lockdown restrictions v’s invincible ‘true grit’ of military planners leading the charge to drive forward vaccination programmes.

Of course, it is not unreasonable to challenge over-zealous law enforcement if and when appropriate, and I can only applaud the armed forces and all who praise their highly commendable work.

However… I worry about the long term impact on community policing. Any weakening or disintegration of trust relationships between the police and communities has long term dangers.

Also, in lockdown the risks of self-radicalisation cannot be discounted. There is also a fairly substantive drop in the contact between police and communities – relationships that will need to be rehydrated once we return to normality.

I’d like to see the editorial therefore read more to ‘saviours and saviours’ and highlight the sizeable contributions being made by front line police, as well as extremely welcome excellence of military support…


By Steve Nimmons

Steve is a Certified European Engineer, Chartered Engineer, Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Royal Society of Arts, Linnean Society and Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is an Electric Circle Patron of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, a Liveryman and Freeman of London and serves on numerous industry panels. He is a member of Chatham House, the Royal United Services Institute and the Chartered Institute of Journalists.