They haven't got any respect in the the particular area they were policing. I suspect that they were more concerned with avoiding further injuries than retaining the respect of arrse posters.Most people on here are criticising the fact that Plod ran away in the first place, yielding ground and respect in equal measure.
They took the ground back. Not the respect.
Nobody appeared to aware that they went back in, the narrative was that they had lost the streets.