February 14th, 2007

Calling all cars….

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Despite having record numbers we are not attending more & more incidents. Either we don’t have enough front-line officers to deal with everything or someone has simply decided it’s a waste of time and withdrawn the service. Neither of which appease an increasingly annoyed public.

However, I have a little-known trick that just about anyone can pull to guarantee the appearance of a friendly bobby or two on your doorstep; just say that whatever it is you are reporting was a racist incident. There is no requirement to show that it was actually a racist incident. No need to show that any racist behaviour took place. Just mention that you think it happened because you are black & this guarantees a response. (NB. also works with Asian, Chinese, Jewish and gay people but not necessarily the old or stupid). 

By the time the officers get to you and discover there is no racist element it’ll be too late, they’re already there so they’ll have to take your report.

It also helps if you are in a minority group to phone in every 15 minutes demanding to know when someone will attend your racist incident. Soon someone in the control room will realise that a racist incident hasn’t been assigned as a top priority & start putting pressure on the controller to get someone to deal. You could at this point go one better than this & get your local minority community group committee involved. They will have the personal number of the local diversity inspector who will take up the demands for an instant response on your behalf. The diversity inspector will be on the phone to the control room inspector who will demand to know why this racist incident has not been dealt with yet & put even more pressure on the controller who will eventually cave in & send a unit to your complaint about kids chucking snowballs at you.

Job done.

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  1. wozza says:

    You mentioned a couple of posts below about ‘minorities’ receiving preferential status. Are there written guidelines that make ‘racist’ or ‘anti-minority’ crimes a priority over any other ? If so then it is surely government policy to ‘positively’ discriminate in favour of certain victims of crime and I wonder why this hasn’t been made more of an issue in the media – or am I missing something ? Surely all victims of crime are equal under the eyes of the law ?

    February 14th, 2007 at 06:02

  2. whichendbites says:

    This wouldn’t possibly be anything to do with statistics, would it ? by any chance ? Nothing to do with diversity targets by a strange and purely random coincidence ?

    February 15th, 2007 at 14:16

  3. 200 says:


    the Government have decided that an offence, for example, of criminal damage or assault or public order, which have a racial element, should draw a higher penalty. The upshot, at the most basic level is if I thump a white bloke in the face and call him a fat bastard I’ll get one penalty, if I thump a black bloke in the face and call him a black bastard I’ll get a longer sentence. I’m not sure the white victim will find that equitable.

    Also, there are some things we don’t have the resources to deal with, nuisance kids being one, we can’t attend every single incident so have to let down some victims, however, if a victim of such nuisance says they think the kids are doing it because they are, for instance, black or Jewish, we must attend on a high response (within 30 mins). There is no requirement for there to actually have been any racist behaviour as a racist incident is deemed to be racist if anyone ‘thinks’ it is. So we have incidents where the minority victim doesn’t actually think an incident is of a racial nature, but a third party (including police call-takers) think it might be, so therefore the ‘victim’ gets a higher level of police response than everyone else.

    You may well think so, I couldn’t possibly comment.
    Actually, I could…. I think it’s more to do with those with the power wanting to right the wrongs of the past but visiting the sins of the fathers on the sons. Because minority groups have historically not fared too well in the past in the UK, we now have to overcompensate. Crime policy now dictates how serious a matter should be judged, not on the effect it has on the victim, but on which groups fit into the current definition of victims deemed more vulnerable as a group.

    February 15th, 2007 at 17:00

  4. whichendbites says:

    Ahhhh, now I see the light. I believe this is known by some as positive discrimination and it allows us to treat some people differently.

    February 15th, 2007 at 19:06

  5. Ferrety boy says:

    A Racial incident as per one force is an incident which is perceived by any party as being a racial incident. (paraphrase mine)
    So no actual requirement to have any evidence and not even a requirement to have the victim view it as a racial incident.
    On a similar note
    Most police forces have a Telephone response team.
    If an incident is called in by an english speaker it can be reported by phone.
    If an incident is called in by a non english speaker it must have police attendance. (despite police forces having translator services nowadays)
    Why is this?

    March 22nd, 2007 at 00:58

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