...and give youngsters credit where they deserve it
MARK Carter, a serving West Yorkshire police officer, has been convicted of assault following an attack on a man at a nightclub in Manchester last December.
As a result of his conviction, Carter was made the subject of a 12-month community order and told to carry out 250 hours unpaid work as well as pay £100 compensation to his victim.
But the punishment should not end there. Carter is currently suspended from duty and is due to go before an internal misconduct hearing.
There can only be one outcome of that hearing – there is no alternative but for Carter to be ejected from the force.
West Yorkshire Police rightly say that they expect the very highest standards of officers and staff, both on and off duty.
The force must now back those words with deeds and show that officers are not above the law but are subject to the same rules as the rest of us.
Public faith in the police is arguably at an all-time low in the wake of a number of high-profile controversies involving forces around the country, and especially those in Yorkshire.
Showing that there can be no place in its ranks for someone who has been convicted of assault would be a first, small step toward regaining some of the trust that has been lost.
Give youngsters credit where they deserve it
TODAY’S youngsters don’t always get the best press. It’s often all too easy to revert to lazy stereotypes and believe that they lack both motivation and manners.
But the inspiring individuals honoured at a glittering ceremony last night to celebrate Yorkshire’s Young Achievers of 2014 could not be more deserving of their accolades.
They are the best of the best and the deeds of the winners will go a long way to reassuring those who have become intolerant of younger people because of the irresponsibility of a minority.
Well done to them all – and here’s hoping they serve as inspirational role models to their peers.