This Will Drive Crime Down.

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Criminals are shaking in their boots in the United Kingdom these days.

Police are replacing patrol cars with “hate crime cars” to encourage people to report incidents such as social media comments.

Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke said that the cars painted with the police insignia and rainbow designs are now “part of our vehicle fleet” and will be driven daily by officers on patrol.

However, critics have said that forces should instead focus on policing “real” issues such as knife crime and rape, with the latest figures showing poor prosecution rates.

Ms Cooke, the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) lead on LGBT issues, released a video on its Instagram account explaining why police have rainbow vehicles.

Describing them as “hate crime cars”, she said that forces are “always replacing vehicles” and they get the police insignia and “there will normally be then something added on that is to do with the rainbow side of things”.

If you notice, there is a link from the cited article on “showing poor prosecution rates.”

Here’s what that link says:

One in six crimes not going to court as criminals including sex offenders are let off

Ministry of Justice figures show prosecutions fell 32 per cent in the year ending in March as police chose to avoid court action

A record one in six crimes are not going to court as criminals, including sex offenders and robbers, are being let off.

Ministry of Justice figures show that prosecutions fell by 32 per cent in the year ending in March, as police chose to avoid court action and instead issued community resolutions that do not result in a criminal record.

Out of court disposals, largely made up of community resolutions, rose by nine per cent and now account for 16 per cent – or 164,000 – of all the 1.07 million offences prosecuted through the criminal justice system in the past year.

That is a proportionate 60 per cent rise on last year, when it was only one in 10, and reflects a growing trend for “soft justice” that is now extending to more serious offences.

Offenders handed community resolutions agree to say sorry face-to-face to those they have wronged and may be ordered to pay compensation or carry out a reparation. But they avoid a criminal record as they are not taken to court and do not receive a police caution.

“Gee ma’am, I am sorry that I beat you up and raped you. Please don’t be mad at me. Here are some scones, jam and some lovely tea……”

The UK has a different standard on speech than we have here in the US, but this is one of those “really?” moments.

A police car with a rainbow in support of LGBTQ is going to stop or decrease crime?

What fantasy world do these people live in?

According to the statistics, ever since a low in 2014, crimes in the UK have been going steadily up, except in Scotland where you don’t mess around with cops in skirts / kilts. (We are kidding, of course.)

The crime rate of the United Kingdom in 2019/20 was 96.4 per thousand people, compared with 110 in 2002/03. During this time period the crime rate of England and Wales has been the highest in the UK, while Scotland’s crime rate has improved the most, falling from 82.6 crimes per thousand people in 2002/03, to just 45.1 by 2019/20.

Overall crime on the rise
In 2019/20 there were approximately 6.43 million crimes recorded by the police in the United Kingdom, representing the highest figure since 2006/07 when there were around 5.97 million. In fact, since 2013/14 when there were just 4.4 million crimes, there has been year-on-year increases, following an almost constant trend of declining crime between the early 2000s and mid-2010s.

But don’t worry!

The rainbow police cars will be on the prowl!

Harry Miller, a former police officer and founder of campaign group Fair Cop, said: “We don’t see the Met with special cars for knife crime, even though the number of stabbings in London is appalling.

“The problem is that the second that you see a rainbow car, you know that it is a police force that has made its mind up about some very contentious issues. You no longer see a police car or a police officer who is there to support everyone, from all political persuasions, without fear or favour.

“They have literally tied their colours to the mast and painted their cars with their political leanings. They are painting rainbows on their cars when we have figures showing that only seven per cent of violent crime ends in a prosecution.

“They have moved from policing crime to policing thoughts and speech, because it is easier.”

In 2019, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Wayne Ivey became embroiled in a controversy after a local business agreed to pay for decals on new patrol cars which read, “In God We Trust.”

The suggestion for the patriotic theme was submitted from a citizen, a very proud veteran who made mention of the idea after sharing with Sheriff Ivey how proud he is of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and how passionately the agency supports veterans.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, said the new decals were “inappropriate and exclusionary,” calling the national and Sunshine State motto “controversial” in a statement.

In July of that year, the US Supreme Court had rejected a challenge to the words “In God We Trust” on US currency and declined to hear the case which let a lower court ruling stand.

Any legal action against Ivey and the BCSO had no chance of succeeding.

However, the BSCO’s cars were merely echoing the motto approved by Congress and upheld by the Courts. Certainly no one laughed at the police cars and said “you look ridiculous” and no one ever thought that the police would ask someone’s religion.

That’s not the same as what is going on in the UK.

If you are being investigated for an accusation of a “hate crime” by simply saying something against a LGBTQ person, can you really expect fairness from the police?

Furthermore, when they showed up at your door, would you have the ability to not laugh at them as they pile out of a “rainbow car?”

It is amazing how people think that things like this police car which is in and of itself is exclusionary and divisive, will somehow bring people together. They are living in a fantasy world.

What’s next?

A Care Bear Police van?

2 Responses to “This Will Drive Crime Down.”

  1. Percy Veer says:

    What a crime, taxpayer monies being spent to promote a progressive political opinion/viewpoint. I noticed the spokeswoman in the video was also sporting a rainbow lanyard around her neck which shouldn’t be acceptable. To do their job the police need to remain neutral and enforce the laws uniformly across the board. As you mention this seems to indicate the police there are biased, and even if not the perception of bias is evident.