Campaign Trick #7 – Be Polite To The Police

Whatever the situation it always pays to be polite to the police. Whenever, i’ve organised an action for Amnesty in the city centre the police are always helpful with the planning. They make comments like ‘its Amnesty and they are always well-organised actions’ and ‘we’ve had no problems with you in the past’. And they sometimes suggest better routes that might get us a better profile for marches. Then on the day they provide an escort and help us cross busy junctions. Our activists have always been polite to police in my experience and they return the experience. I can’t imagine they would be so supportive if we were rude and uncooperative to police officers. So please be polite to the police because it will benefit your actions. Any comments appreciated as usual.


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