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GMP Federation chairman Ian Hanson “why do people just blame the police?”

October 30, 2014, 6:31 pm

Ian Hanson, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Federation, responding to todays report on protecting children from Ann Coffey MP said:

“The abuse or exploitation of any child is appalling and our hard working members do everything within their powers to stop this happening.

“However I think there has to be a degree of realism injected into the current debate on child protection as to exactly the difficulties police officers have to overcome when trying to bring matters before the courts.

“It is grossly unfair that both the organisation and our police officer members collectively are singled out and blamed by some for what is a failure of the whole system.

“We expect officers to build relationships with victims in the most difficult circumstances imaginable in a fraction of the time where often the education and social care system has failed to do so.

“Given we work in law enforcement, we then catapult these young, vulnerable people into the criminal justice system.

“Rather than some people apportioning blame to one group of professionals doing their best with the odds stacked against them and balancing increased demand against diminishing resources, we as a society now must take a step back and look at the whole process from beginning to end.

“Only when we understand the whole problem and the challenges involved will society start to deal with those issues.”


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