August 12th, 2009

Inspiration

Posted in Blogging by 200

I like to vary the type of entries to my blog, if you’re unfamiliar with it, you’ll find I talk about many different things, not all of them to do with the police.

I take my inspiration from various sources; of course there are experiences of 30 years of policing, from my times as a probationer a generation ago to tales of my time in a police control room both as an officer & a civilian which are much more recent.

I never speak about anything which has happened on the day it happens (at work, that is) & I remove details which keep it as generic as possible. You won’t find much on here which has only ever happened to me.

I like to make the occasional post humorous, but that takes a lot of work for the old grey matter.

I’ll post on political matters & comment on what I refer to as society’s ills.

Because I set myself the goal of posting an entry every day it can be quite difficult to come up with a topic every single day. This is often when I wish I just blogged when I thought I had something worthwhile to say like all the other police bloggers; sometimes the last thing you want to do – or have time to do – is sit down at a computer & type up some deep philosophical argument (not that you actually get any of that round here). That’s often the time I just post a quick video, variety being the spice & all that.

I’ll get inspiration from the Google & BBC News websites, from the national TV News – but never from the BBC local news, lest my location is narrowed down. That’s not to say I won’t comment on local issues, but only if I come by them through other means.

I also check out several police forums to see what issues of the day are being discussed. I try not to get stories from other blogs, but inevitably there are issues that we police bloggers want to talk about when they rear their heads in the meeja. That’s where posting every day gives me an advantage; I can often get to a story before some of the other blogs.

I often wish I wrote more down during my police career. I suspect I have what might commonly be known as a bloody awful memory, which means that most of my memories  are lost to history. If I had one bit of advice for new recruits, it would be, write it down, we work such an extraordinary job there will always be people fascinated to hear about what we do, just look at all the police reality programmes we have currently.

Sometimes I don’t have any inspiration at all. That’s when I adopt the approach I took with  my motorbike; I set off on a journey with no idea which way I’ll go & just see where the road takes me. Much like as has just happened with this entry.

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5 comments

  1. Fee says:

    I like your blog – a wee bit of variety is the spice of life. Feel free to ramble on regardless!

    August 13th, 2009 at 13:28

  2. Fee says:

    Actually, meant to post this link as well

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/8198268.stm

    Bet the control room staff went “What?” when the first call came in! Not your average everyday call to the police, that one.

    August 13th, 2009 at 15:15

  3. Linda Baki says:

    Just to make you smile ‘here is an article by Gerry Forbes who states the Police do have a sense of humour,,,,

    The Calgary Police Service is by far one of the best in the country if not the best at balancing policing with serving the public.

    I have run across too many people who are quick to criticize their actions and the challenge facing Chief Hanson with under-funding and not enough good men and women to do the job.

    I have a lot of buddies on the force and they are regular folks just like you and me.

    As a matter of fact, they sent along a collection of funny comments which are currently making the rounds across many of the police services across the country.

    Here are just a few of the examples of those fine men and women who do have a sense of humour.

    The following were taken from actual police reports that were sent to me:

    - “Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they are new. They’ll stretch out after you wear them for awhile.”

    - “So you don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that means I can write anything on the ticket, eh?”

    - “Warning, so you want a warning? Okay, I’m warning you not to do that again or you will get another ticket.”

    - “Yeah we have a quota — two more tickets and my wife gets a toaster oven.”

    - “In God we trust. All others we run though the police computer.”

    - “Just how darn big were those two or three beer?”

    - “So you want to talk to the shift supervisor? I don’t think it will help because I’m the shift supervisor.”

    - “The answer to this last question will determine whether you’re drunk or not: Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?”

    - “We don’t have quotas anymore, so we can write as many tickets as we want!”

    - “You didn’t think we gave pretty women tickets? You are right. Sign here.”

    August 13th, 2009 at 16:54

  4. 200 says:

    Linda, very good.

    August 13th, 2009 at 20:27

  5. Bill in Canada says:

    Yes, please don’t ever stop blogging!

    August 13th, 2009 at 21:26

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