I was at a street briefing in Sidcup this evening, just a few yards from where Rob Knox was killed. Over 150 people gathered to to speak to the local police team and pass on their queries and concerns.
It was clear that people were really worried, a cluster of events in quick succession makes some people in this historically safe part of London feel like they were in South Central Los Angeles. They were frustrated by the lack of police officers on the streets, by the criminal justice system, by the number of prison places, etc.
Much of this frustration was taken out on the police officers at the briefing, even though they knew that the police were not in a position to change them. The police can only do what resources and the legal framework allows.
Anyone who has read this blog will know that I feel the police have been let down by the political system. This evening I witnessed hard working police officers getting a hard time because of problems created by this government, they did it with good grace and never took the easy option of blaming someone else. There are a number of people in the government who could learn a thing or two from them.