The function of the police is to express sympathy for the victims of crimes they aren’t going to solve

We're so sorry about what happened. It was senseless. How could it have gone so tragically wrong? This is what happens when souls are in the wrong place at the wrong time. We pray for you

We wish to voice our sympathy and show a bit of tenderness at this difficult time for you. We are full of pity and understanding for you and your family. The whole thing was, after all, senseless. How could it have gone so tragically wrong? This is what happens when members of the public find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, in this case your own home. We pray for you. Hope all this makes you feel better

Our thoughts today are with…

British police spokesmen, writes Dalrymple,

sound like Church of England clergymen without the upper-middle-class diction.

They are particularly moved by

  • senseless murder (sensible murder moving them to much less compassion)
  • robberies or burglaries that go tragically wrong
  • crimes that end in the deaths of persons who were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Dalrymple’s advice to readers: always be in the right place at the right time

We're so sorry about what happened.

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