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WELL done to the senior police officers who ordered paper work to be pushed to one side so a high-profile blitz could be launched in Erdington High Street yesterday.

But what a pity that "All Out Day" was the exception rather than the rule.

More than 40 police and community support officers pounded the beat while traffic cops patrolled the roads and the force helicopter hovered overhead.

There can be little doubt that such a highly visible presence will have deterred criminals and will have massively reassured members of the public.

Equally there can be little doubt that too often our police officers are forced to spend their time behind desks ensnared by bureaucratic red tape.

Here was an example of what can be achieved if our bobbies are freed to do what they should be doing - fighting crime and mixing with the general public.

More of the same. Please!

MANY people - especially former servicemen - will gather at suitable sites across the region solemnly to honour their fallen comrades.

Tears will be shed and prayers said as they cast their minds back to the terrible conflicts in which they risked life and limb.

Even if your schedule is too busy to join them on Remembrance Sunday, find time to remember the soldiers, sailors, airmen and other uniformed personnel who have perished or been badly injured while serving this country.

The freedom that we enjoy today was founded on the sacrifices of those who put duty beyond personal safety and paid the ultimate price.

Take time, too, to think of those who served their country and emerged unhurt for they, too, are heroes.

In an age when we are prone to think only of ourselves, such people provide a reminder that sometimes duty demands we cast aside our selfishness for the common good.

We should thank them from the depths of our hearts.
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Title Annotation:Leaders
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Nov 8, 2008
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