I read with interest the article “On The Beat” written by Ch Insp Mike Hills (Citizen, March 23). I have rarely read such a collection of complacent, self-congratulatory claptrap! I have a few suggestions and phrases that Mike Hills might take to heart in the future conduct of his job.
When I visited the United States on business, one of the favourite idioms used by my American colleagues in describing something was to say “that’s Motherhood and Apple Pie”. They explained this meant ‘it is a statement of basic principles or values with which everyone agrees’. This describes exactly Ch Insp Hills’ article.
A mentor of mine from my business life demanded from his subordinates what he described as “Action Not Activity”. This meant he wanted to see true progress, not a wish list. True progress is exactly what is missing from the Chief Inspector’s remarks.
The driving standard in Fenland is appalling and is getting worse. I am considering giving up my driving licence before I am killed by one of the nutters that proliferate on our roads. In the last two days alone, while driving between Chatteris and Peterborough, I have witnessed:
n Four vehicles following each other through a red traffic signal in Peterborough
n Two vehicles racing each other on the A141 Doddington bypass, at well over the 60 mph speed limit, causing oncoming vehicles to move aside n Being overtaken between the junction of Ash Grove with the High Street in Chatteris and the clock roundabout by the Budgen’s store; a matter of some 50 metres
This happens day after day after day, ad nauseum, and where are the police? This, then, Mr Hills, is where I would like to see a lot less ‘motherhood and apple pie’ and a lot more ‘action not activity’.
I have fitted video cameras to the front and rear of my vehicle. When I ’phone Cambridgeshire police to report some maniac on the roads and am asked ‘were there any other witnesses’, I can say, “Oh Yes; do you want to see the film?” (i.e. action not activity).
I suggest you and your colleagues get into the multitude of police vehicles at March Police Station and go out into Fenland to ask about policing. The most common response will be “what policing?”.
I would like to thank the people who helped me when I tripped and fell near March Stationery and Print in Fenland Walk, March, at about 10.30am on March 16.
A gentleman called Gary came and sat down beside me and put his arm around me. Another lady sat the other side and helped pull me up. People in the shop also came out.
The ambulance crew took me home and made me a cup of tea and they were great, too.
Connie Harris, 84,