YEP Says, August 25: Bullish response by city police to ‘doughnut’ jibe

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Good on the Leeds community policing team which responded to the jibes that all they do is “spend time eating doughnuts” with a long list of crimes they’d investigated in the previous 24 hours.

Good on the Leeds community policing team which responded to the jibes that all they do is “spend time eating doughnuts” with a long list of crimes they’d investigated in the previous 24 hours.

“So we thought you might be interested to know what your officers actually spent their time on yesterday,” they wrote back, going on to list more than 750 incidents including 244 crimes.

Even if this response seemed slightly tetchy it offered food for thought about the roles and responsibilities of today’s police - and the need for a clear dialogue with members of the public.

The robust response, which listed crimes including 21 house burglaries, one robbery, 21 thefts from vehicles and 22 shop thefts, certainly generated a large public reaction, being ‘liked’ more than 14,000 times and generating more than 1,000 comments.

Given that most people now have access to a computer and spend many hours each week on social media it might be to the police’s long term advantage if they followed the example of the Leeds inner east neighbourhood team and built a more fluid, frank dialogue with the public, rather than maintaining an aloof silence.

Meanwhile, we hope the author of the ‘doughnut’ jibe will be eating a healthy portion of humble pie today.

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