‘Jail is too soft and cops lack passion’

copCL'Sgt Richard Sainsbury
copCL'Sgt Richard Sainsbury
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A RECENTLY retired police officer claims bobbies are losing their passion for the job because courts and prisons are too easy on offenders.

Richard Sainsbury, who served in South Yorkshire for 34 years, said many officers “are getting to the ‘why do I bother’ stage”.

“I believe that they will always do a professional job but the passion seems to be fading from policing,” he said.

“When I joined we had a belief and a drive to make a difference. We felt respected by society and believed that we were there as their guardians. Now it seems, for the majority, it is just another job.”

He said the Crown Prosecution Service should stand for ‘Couldn’t Prosecute Satan.’

“No matter how much evidence you put before them, they want more. They glibly dismiss evidence that a jury should see and hear. There is not a bobby that submits files who does not have a horror story about a job that has been dropped or ridiculous charges applied to an obvious offence,” he said.

Mr Sainsbury used his column in Police Review - a magazine for police officers - to air his views, questioning the effect of prisons, claiming not enough criminals get locked up for long enough and calling for a law change so that criminals are no longer freed after serving half their sentences.

Neil Franklin, of the CPS, said: “Richard Sainsbury is of course perfectly entitled to his views and opinions but I am surprised and shocked that, as a former South Yorkshire police officer of many years’ standing, he appears to be alarmingly ignorant of so many of the fundamental tenets on which our criminal justice system is based - not least the importance of sufficient evidence for us to build a prosecution case.”