YEP Says, July 3: Time for police to recognise that respect is a two-way street

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...and sign of the times as yellow fever hits Leeds

ANYONE who has tuned in to the current BBC documentary Police Under Pressure will be under no illusions as to the challenges facing frontline police officers.

Few people would swap places with men and women who go to work not knowing what dangers might confront them.

Policing is a unique job and those who do it well deserve respect and gratitude for their efforts to keep the public safe.

Yet it is somewhat churlish of West Yorkshire Police Federation representative Nick Smart to point the finger at the media for whipping up what he believes amounts to an anti-police fervour that has contributed to an increasing number of attacks on officers.

This is not a question of actively “undermining” the police, as Mr Smart suggests, but of upholding one of the fundamental tenets of a democratic society.

It is wholly right that the conduct of officers involved in such matters as the Stephen Lawrence murder case, the probe into the abuse committed by Jimmy Savile, and the Hillsborough disaster is questioned.

The bedrock of British policing is that officers exercise their powers through the consent of the public. If this is to be upheld, then it is up to the force itself to now show that these controversies belong to policing’s past, and not its present or future.

Sign of the times as yellow fever hits Leeds

A SIMPLE sign – in yellow of course – provides a vivid illustration of what the Tour de France means to Leeds, and how the city is starting to resemble a Parisian suburb ahead of the Grand Départ: ‘Ooh La La x Ee By Gum = World’s Greatest Cycle Race’.

In any language or dialect, this has already been an extraordinary week for Leeds and the self-evident enthusiasm will become even more apparent today when the city turns yellow to raise vital funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

What better way is there to show the world that Leeds is proud to be part of sporting history than to support the YEP’s Wear It Yellow Day?

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