OK, first the bouquets, then the brickbats. In the space of one day this week, the police in Kirklees helped save a baby girl from a sweltering car on Alfred Street, announced the seizure £1.2m worth of drugs in Dewsbury and arrested two people in connection with the murder of Birkby man Jasem Asakerh.
Well done all round.
And I could go on like this, listing laudable police achievements, the vast majority of which will never find their way into the pages of the Examiner.
Every day thousands of men and women go out to do a difficult and dangerous job so the rest of us can get on with our lives. It’s to their credit.
But now for the brickbats.
This has been a terrible month for policing in England.
First and foremost there was the death of Ian Tomlinson, a passer-by at the G20 protests who died shortly after a masked police officer hit him with a truncheon and shoved him to the ground.
A few days later there was a vigil in Mr Tomlinson’s memory which included a frank exchange of views between a female protester and a police officer ending with said officer – identification number obscured – slapping the woman and hitting her with his truncheon.
And - more brickbats I’m afraid – there’s the Damian Green affair during which the Tory MP was told by detectives he was staring down the barrel of a life sentence for leaking Government information.
Finally, there was last week’s 20th anniversary commemorations of the Hillsborough disaster, which carried with them the reminder that the families of the 96 fans who died that day have not had justice.
Among all this, a pattern emerges of a police force becoming more out-of-touch with the people they are supposed to serve.
For, make no mistake, the families of the victims of Hillsborough deserve justice. Mr Green deserves to be able to do his job without being threatened and the thousands of people who protested in London two weeks ago deserve to be policed humanely.
Supporters of the police have been quick to point out that some of the G20 protesters ‘provoked’ officers. And indeed they did.
But surely a police officer should be someone who doesn’t react to provocation, who doesn’t lash out at the first sign of trouble. People who are unable to stay calm in tense times shouldn’t be wearing the uniform in the first place.
While it’s true that a small number of protesters goaded and attacked police, this should not obscure the fact that the great majority of marchers exercised their legal right to protest peacefully.
Yet the authoritarian wing of the police-are-always-right lobby don’t seem to get this.
On Monday, Derek Barnett, vice president of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales claimed that at the G20 demonstrations there were: "Thousands of protesters with the sole intention of causing damage to buildings and at the worst injuring and killing police officers.’’
If Mr Barnett is correct, then these ‘thousands’ of bloodthirsty protesters must be among the most incompetent would-be murderers ever seen. It would be slightly less ridiculous for Mr Barnett to have said that ‘thousands’ of police officers turned up that day with the ‘sole intention’ of killing passers-by.
For as long as Mr Barnett’s attitude holds sway, the police are going to go downhill in the public’s estimation.
Which is an awful shame for all those officers who are really serving the public by investigating murders, seizing drugs and helping trapped babies out of cars.