BEING a police officer is a job that comes with heavy responsibilities.
Generally speaking, people still look up to the organisation and there is respect for police and the work they do. TV is awash with programmes following officers as they go about their duty and viewers can see at first hand the challenges, problems and tricky situations they often have to tackle.
But there is a mark which must not be overstepped and clearly this was crossed in the strong-armed arrest of 80-year-old Huddersfield great-grandad Alfred Harling.
He quite rightly complained, the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated, found that his arrest was unlawful and demanded tougher disciplinary action be taken against the officers.
This is the second story in today’s Examiner showing watchdogs in action and how their bite can be as powerful as their bark, boosting confidence in the organisation as a whole.