Not vulnerable enough!

Failed by Police

Failed by Police

Back in October 2007, Fiona Pilkington, having suffered 9 years of “Anti-Social behaviour”, was at such a low that she killed herself and her 18 year old daughter, Francesca, who had a mental age of 4.

It’s taken half that time again for the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to find that the police “missed opportunities”. The officers involved will face misconduct proceedings but it’s the people who ran the system who should really face action.

Apparently, despite her having made 33 complaints to the police, they didn’t feel she was vulnerable enough. I hadn’t realised there was a criteria for vulnerability – I foolishly thought the police were there  to help anyone who was having trouble.

In this case, they were vulnerable by any standard but it does raise the question of what you are meant to do if you aren’t ‘vulnerable’ as such but are nonetheless having problems with the local yobs.

Presumably not being vulnerable means you are able to look after yourself without police help but what exactly can you do – you can’t take matters into your own hands or you’ll end up with an assault charge against you.

If the police aren’t  there for everyone we should be allowed to handle situations however we feel fit – and with the budget cuts that are being threatened this could well be the situation.

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2 Responses to “Not vulnerable enough!”

  1. Barbara Says:

    once again you have expressed yourself well. The Police do have a hard job, but unfortunately quite often it seems the ordinary person does not get the help they should.

  2. Barbara Says:

    once again you have expressed yourself well. The Police do have a hard job, but ufortunately quite often it seems the ordinary person does not get the help they should.

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