January 11th, 2013

A bit late for Christmas…

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… but the message is relevant all year.

January 8th, 2013

Gangnam Policeman (Falmouth Style)

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This vid is doing the rounds at the moment. I thought you guys might like a look…

You can read the story of the video on the Devon & Cornwall Police website.

If you feel like donating you can do so at Josh Wilkinson’s website.

December 24th, 2012

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

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Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung on the doorknobs with care,
But something was missing, my dad wasn’t there.

Out in the night parked under a star,
My Dad was there watching in his traffic car.
Now out in the snow, where nothing had stirred,
the radio crackled, the big engine purred.

Dad adjusted his cap and straightened his tie,
Got out of his vehicle and looked round the sky.
He turned up his collar and looked all around,
And listened so hard for that wonderful sound.

And sure enough soon through the cold winter night,
My Dad on patrol saw the wonderful sight.
There up in the distance so vivid and clear,
A light getting brighter it soon would be near.

He called on the radio “Tango-one-oh,
“I think I have contact out there in the snow.
“I’ve got him on mapping, it’s him there’s no doubt,
“I’m off the to R.V. point, Tango-ten, out!”

Dad jumped in the police car & looked to the sky,
Just getting closer but ever so high,
Bathed in the glow of a deep yellow light,
He finally saw the wonderful sight.

First Dasher then Dancer then Prancer and Vixen,
And Comet and Cupid then Donner and Blitzen.
Then out in the front of the beautiful sleigh,
Was Rudolph the Reindeer leading the way.

Santa looked down at the police car below,
Grateful once more for a guide through the snow.
“This is Santa, come in Tango-ten,
“It really is good to see you again.”

“Roger that, Santa, your message is clear,
“This really is the best assignment all year.”
The police car revved hard as Santa flew by,
Then magically lifted up into the sky.

Over the County they flashed blue & red,
Santa behind and my Daddy ahead.
Landing on rooftops and climbing inside,
Then off to the next, my Daddy the Guide.

They finally finished their job in the sky,
Daddy saluted as Santa flew by.
“Same time again, Santa, next year once again?”
“You bet, and my thanks go to you Tango-ten.

Into the distance Dad saw Santa fly,
He took off his cap and loosened his tie.
And feeling quite pleased with himself, as he should,
He knew he did well, he did fine, he did good.

When I open my presents although I am sad,
I know Santa leaves me a kiss from my Dad.
And although I miss him I know in my soul
Though Dad’s up in heaven, he’s still on patrol.

 

Dedicated to the nine officers who lost their lives on duty in 2012:

  • Detective Constable Adele Cashman – Metropolitan Police
  • Special Constable Scott Bennett – Lincolnshire Police
  • Police Constable Nichola Hughes – Greater Manchester Police
  • Police Constable Fiona Bone – Greater Manchester Police
  • Police Constable Ian Dibell – Essex Police
  • Inspector Preston Gurr – Metropolitan Police
  • Police Constable David Rathband – Northumbria Police
  • Detective Constable Karen Paterson – Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Detective Constable Andrew Stokes – Greater Manchester Police

 

December 5th, 2012

On the Russian Roads

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Time for another road crash compilation….

December 4th, 2012

Dear Mr Cameron

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I thought I’d share this which is doing the rounds of Facebook….

Dear Mr Cameron,

Yesterday I was called out to an incident where an 80 year old man had fallen out of his bath seat and landed in the bath upside down. He was trapped and screaming for help with his legs trapped in the bath seat.

His neighbours heard him screaming and called 999. The doors and windows were locked and he was screaming in agony. I arrived, broke the door down and went into the bathroom to find a very scared elderly male laying naked, freezing cold trapped in his bath by a disability aid that was supposed to help him. He took one look at me and began to cry with relief.

We are so short of officers and resources on every shift that we are stretched to breaking point and already we are forced into saying no to some jobs that used to be graded prompt… such as this. At some point very soon we will be dealing with CRIME ONLY because 1) we are being told to keep the figures up and 2) we haven’t got the resources to deal with anything more.

There are serious arguments going on over the radio between control room staff and officers on the ground regularly because they have statistics to meet, and we aren’t dealing with incidents we attend quickly enough. We are all stressed and biting at each other, when we used to work as a team. Stress = mistakes and mistakes in this job costs lives.

What’s going to happen to the old man in future? Whilst dealing with this man, wrapping him in a dressing gown, my radio goes off again. A 16 year old girl – suicide attempt- stood on a bridge on the M25.

No other units available. None! I’m not trained to talk down a suicidal teen! But there is no one. All tucked up far away on other jobs. It’s a good job I don’t need immediate assistance with a male trying to break the bedroom door down and knife his wife, like the previous evening, when I was once again single crewed.

What do you want me to do? Stay with the man who’s still shaking in shock? Go to the girl who’s just about to jump onto a busy motorway or do we not attend these jobs and just deal with crime? Like the man trying to kill his wife …… On my own with no back up!

I’ve just got home and I’m sitting here wondering if I can handle this anymore; is it worth me getting hurt? I have 2 young disabled children. What would happen to them? I’m a single mum, with childcare fees and with the cost of living so high I’d be better off on benefits.

Being a police officer is firstly about saving life and limb and not statistics, not saving money and certainly not votes. We are stretched to the point that it is now dangerous. Your cuts are putting my life at risk and that of the public. You have just destroyed my pension and frozen my wages.

All these things are going through my mind all the time, morale at work is at rock bottom. All police officers are feeling like this at the moment but we are all holding on in hope you will realise what a mistake you have made.

Surely you will see sense before it’s too late? This isn’t just whinging because we don’t like cuts…. this is a genuinely dangerous situation. Would you like me to wear a body camera for a week? Will you watch what’s really happening on the frontline and what police officers face on a daily basis?

Mr Cameron, you tell me why I should stay in my job?

November 29th, 2012

Another one down

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How much of this job is about attending domestics? For those who don’t know, a significant proportion of all jobs we attend are domestic disputes, most of these are between current or ex-partners.

Three Baldwin County (Alabama) Deputy Sheriffs attended an address last Friday. They approached 53-year-old Michael Jansen on his porch outside his house, to ascertain why the ‘family disturbance’ call had been made. As they did so, Jansen pulled out a gun and shot two of the officers, fatally wounding Deputy Scott Ward an critically injuring one of his colleagues.

The officers returned fire and killed Jansen. All officers were wearing bullet-proof vests.

The slain officer had 15 years’ service and was a US Coastguard Reserve having recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan.

Rest in Peace, brother.

November 22nd, 2012

I love it when a plan comes together

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This looks just like one of those computer games.

November 21st, 2012

That was worth it, then

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The Police and Crime Commissioners election, what a farce.

How many of you exercised your democratic rights to vote? not many I’m guessing. I did, I went to the polling station. there were 6 staff there. I was the only one in there. I didn’t see anyone on the way in or the way out. The staff looked bored.

I spoiled my paper by leaving a choice message to the candidates on it.

It was an election that nobody called for, nobody was interested in, and practically nobody bothered about. I saw on the BBC News that it cost something like £100million. I have no idea of that’s true or not. I’m bloody sure, had they had the election in May with all the others, they’d have got a far higher turnout, and would have saved the country a packet. I’ve not heard why it was so important to have this election in the middle of November, unless it was to do with engineering a favourable list of suitably biased Commissioners for the government…

I do know someone who manned a polling station from 6.30am until 10.30pm, had 100 people voting out of an electoral roll of 2,000, and was paid £170.

I received one leaflet through the door, I think it was from the Conservative candidate. I have not the first clue what the others were proposing. I did note that when interviewed 75% of the candidates couldn’t even recall the name of the chief constable and none knew how many police officers are in our force. And one of them is now responsible for running the police service.

November 14th, 2012

It must be the week for it

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So soon after my last entry, we have another arsehole who got found out after posting a video of his exploits on YouTube.

Allan Staunton, aged 23, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire has just been jailed for animal cruelty after he posted a video online of him putting his ex-girlfriend’s cat in a tumble drier and turning it on three times. The cat survived the ordeal though it was injured. He later told RSPCA inspectors  that he thought the incident was funny, after YouTube visitors reported the video to them.

Staunton received 56 days at Her Majesty’s pleasure and was banned from keeping animals for life.

November 13th, 2012

Bang(ed) to Rights

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You gotta love it when people provide their own evidence against themselves.
The latest inductees no the UK’s Dumbest Criminals are one Karl O’Kill (really?) and Liam Bolton, of South Wales who have just even convicted of burglary.
O’Kill was arrested for a burglary by the Old Bill in Wales. On his possession was found a mobile phone. On his mobile phone were pictures of the hapless waste of spaces ping with a shotgun stolen in a separate burglary one time earlier.
The pair received four years’ jail at Swansea Crown Court this week.

November 11th, 2012

In Remembrance

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November 5th, 2012

At last!

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So, I’ve finally managed to go part time.

I decided a while ago that although I still need to earn a living – I have kids to assist thru university and I can’t survive on just a police pension – life is a little more important to me than work. For the last three years, since I retired, my family and I have enjoyed a greater standard of living than ever we did when I was a copper, but I don’t want that to lead my life. It’s starting to hit me that I am probably around two-thirds through my life, and I only want to be working for the bare minimum of the third that’s left.

I have stuff I want to do outside the job, I’m becoming more interested in other pursuits, and to be honest, I don’t want to go down the route of some of the other people who work in that control room, i.e. becoming ill with stress and having to take months at a time off work.

So I am now known at work as part-time-weeks.

Whoopee!

October 29th, 2012

Not just in the UK

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Thanks to  regular reader, Boy-on-a-Bike, for this one.

I see it’s just not the UK that has to put up with arseholes on public transport.

October 24th, 2012

Blimey!

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Is it really over 3 weeks since I last posted on this blog?

No, I’m not gone. The reports of tumbleweed rolling across this blog are greatly exaggerated. I just thought that after 5 years of posting every single day, I deserved a break.

I must say, it was quite liberating. There were times when maintaining a daily blog was a chore rather than a pleasure. I’ve had between 15 and 30 minutes a day for three weeks extra to myself. And the late night panic before going to bed trying to come up with something to blog about  is now a welcome memory.

So much has happened in the last three weeks. I was pleased to see the funerals of the two GMP police officers receive national attention. I watched both events live on the BBC News channel. Subject to the family’s wishes, of course, I think every funeral of an officer killed on duty should receive such attention. It does seem to be one thing that America do right.

Then there was ‘Pleb Gate’ with that government arsehole who opened his mouth in anger and really revealed what people in his position actually think of the police, and probably a whole range of other working minions. Is it any wonder they have no compunction in shafting us? And we had that sorry playing out of the well rehearsed government-scripted farce where the Prime Minister offers undying love and support for those who have transgressed, realises his mistake, does a good job, needs to get on and run the country, yadda, yadda, yadda, followed by the inevitable ‘resignation’ a few weeks later.

And Jimmy Saville, who’d have thunk it?

Anyway, I’ve managed to go part time so I should have a lot more time for myself, and my family, as I work my way through my fifties and off into old age. As I tell my colleagues at work on a regular basis, keep working and paying those pension contributions, I’ve got a lifestyle to maintain.

I’ll probably post again before three weeks are up this time.

September 30th, 2012

Who knew?

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Today saw the 9th annual National Police Memorial Day which saw a Police Memorial Service at York Minster, dedicated to the memory of  the 4,000 police officers who have died on duty in the last 100 years.

Who knew?

I heard about it, after the fact, on the BBC News this evening.

Strangely, I didn’t hear one word about it, in the weeks leading up to it, from my force. No posters on the walls at HQ, no  mentions on the weekly orders that get out by the chief giving useful information to all the employees of the force, no emails, nothing, bugger all.

I do see posters, get emails and read on the weekly bulletin about Black History Month, Traveller Engagement Week, news and invites to attend any one of a number of Gay Pride events.

Strange, that.

September 20th, 2012

What a Pillock

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Twenty-six year old Lukasz Wisniewski  of Leeds has just been banned for 12 months and ordered to do 200 hours community service after pulling a wheelie on his motorbike as he drove past a mobile speed camera can in Selby, North Yorkshre, at 103mph, whilst overtaking other vehicles.

I bet he thinks what a great idea that was back in June. He was either incredibly unlucky to be pulling a wheelie at high speed at exactly the moment he passed a speed camera van, or just thick; it’s not as if speed cameras are highly disguised. Still, I expect he’s got plenty of time to consider his motorcycling prowess, as he sits on public buses for a the next year.

September 18th, 2012

Rest in Peace

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PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes

Greater Manchester Police

Murdered 18th September 2012

You can leave a message of condolence at the GMP website.

September 13th, 2012

Another one

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For those interested, another page about police officers’ rights (or lack of them) on Faceache:

September 12th, 2012

Phew!

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It started with an attempt to write a post every day for a month, this turned into 3 months and then six months. After I’d managed to post every single day for half a year I thought why not go on for a whole year? So I did.

That has turned into a post every single day for five years. I sometimes feel like Forest Gump who took up an idea and just ran with it, and kept on running.

To say this blog has formed a large part of my life is an understatement. Sometimes it’s been fun, interesting, though-provoking, other times it’s been like a millstone around my neck.

When you work a full shift system, have a family and private life and other interests, just finding the time to research, compose and post something is no mean feat. You’ll have noticed when I didn’t have time as that’s when I post up a quick video.

I’m quite proud of the fact that this is, if not the, certainly one of the longest running police blogs in existence, a few weeks over seven years. I’m not quite ready to give up the blog, so I’ll continue to post, but only when I have the time and inclination. I have no idea how frequently that will be, we’ll just have to see.

To all my readers, regular and otherwise, thanks for checking by and thanks for all your support and words of comment and encouragement over the last seven years.

 

September 11th, 2012

Whilst on the subject

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of pensions, as we are this week, I found this doing the rounds of Facebook. Copied with permission of the writer who suggests sending something similar to your own MP.

Ed Balls MP,

I am writing to you in relation to the Home Secretary Theresa May’s changes that will be made to the Police Pension Scheme 1987. (PPS). The changes are due to be made in 2015.

When I joined this scheme in 2004 I was told that it could not be changed by the Government and I received a booklet which I still have that did not state that the pension could be changed. I signed up to the scheme because of these reasons and due to the fact that I knew I would be able to retire at 55 years old, receive a lump sum and a pension when paying 11% of my salary. I have received yearly statements outlying what I will receive when I retire in 2033. Nowhere on this statement did it say it was subject to change by the Government.

It was confirmed to me that it could not be changed when in 2006 when the Government of the day brought in the New Police Pension Scheme (NPPS) Where members pay 9.5% in and have to work for 35 years. There was an option to stay in the 1987 PPS scheme or change to the NPPS scheme. I chose to remain with the PPS scheme.
This year in 2012 due to the Governments financial hardships caused by poor ongoing Government management of the United Kingdom’s finances my pension payments were increased to 12.25% and this is to rise even further in the coming years, I understood this as people are living longer and I agreed I should pay slightly more to finance this.

The pension I signed up for has been changed which is not recogniseable from what I signed up for and the main points of this are listed as below:

• The pension I signed up for is the exact same as what every Police officer signed up for before 2006. The changes state that I will not get the pension I expected but those over 38 years old and with less than 10 years to do will get the full pension. I am being discriminated against because of my age / level of service and believe I could have a case under The Equality Act 2010,

• I believe I also have a case under S2 of the Police pensions Regulations which states I have the right to a stable pension.

• If my pension could be changed at any time why was I never informed of this and why wasn’t it changed in 2006? I could have easily made the decision then to opt out or stay in the pension scheme knowing what I would receive and knowing that there could be future changes by the Government.

• The pension I signed up for was Mis-sold to me as I was not made aware of the full facts. I was given an illustration presentation of what I would receive when I retire, they never stated that that was subject to drastic changes

• The last pension statement I received from October 2011 stated the benefits payable if I retired on the 29th of November 2033 – £15,516.91 per year with 106,032.10 lump sum (commutation). Without commutation it would be over £20,000 a year. Pensionable service would be 29 years, 163 days. I have put my figures in to the home office calculator and my projected pension on the same figures is £8,200 per year and this is with no lump sum. I pay more and get drastically less than I was told I would receive. I find it hard to believe that the Government can do this when an MP serving 15 years paying 11.9% is entitled to £22,500 a year. An MP’S pension will not be slashed in half with the lump sum removed.

The Home Secretary Theresa May has unnecessarily attacked my pension. It will in no way assist the United Kingdom’s finances with the current deficit as Police Officers retiring in the next 10 years will still get their full pensions. If anything it will damage the economy further as people will opt out of being in the pension all together so retired Officers pensions will have to be paid for by the state alone.

Over the 8 years I have worked in the Police I have seen things that no normal member of the public should ever have to see, been assaulted, injured, I have no rights like the right to strike, I am restricted as to where I can live, I can’t refuse to work if I am told that I am working over then I am. I can’t ignore an incident and just walk away when off duty, I can be brethalysed at any time at work with limits way below the drink drive limit and can be subjected to drug testing. I put my life, physical and mental wellbeing at risk every day to be treated with utter contempt by the Government and Teresa May

What I want is one of 2 things. For my pension to remain as it was and I will get what I am entitled to or all the money I paid into the scheme over the past 8 years returning to me with interest so I can invest my money elsewhere knowing the full facts.

I have also sent a copy of this letter to the Pensions Ombudsman.

I am writing to you as I feel the Government is causing a maladministration as promises have been broken in respect to the pension I signed up for, I was not made aware of the full facts at the time and they are trying to change Section 2 of the Police Pensions regulations so they can do as they wish.