As a former police officer, I have conducted numerous raids on drug dealers’ houses in Cabramatta. I can [still] feel the trauma for the people whose houses are raided. When we attend the premises, there are no pleasantries given but everything is done in officious manner: a loud knock on the door with the announcement of office.
Once the occupant of the premises opens the door, a number of police officers will then barge in, followed by a video camera to ensure that all the proceedings are recorded and that no allegations can be made against the police for any irregularities.
This is standard procedure if the person(s) of interest are suspected of having firearms. The leader of the raiding party will then show the occupant a Search Warrant. Other officers will be watchful for any signs of danger or if anyone tries to dispose of any evidence.
Neighbours will try to poke their nose or will even approach police to find out what is going on. The usual police response is: “There is nothing to see – keep going.”
I can imagine the terror and feeling of embarrassment by the occupants of the premises..
There are always two sides of the story and regardless of the outcome, the damage has already been done. The embarrassment, psychological trauma, stress and financial consequences to clear someone’s name would certainly take their toll on the people involved. – ? (Printed with permission from the author)