August 29th, 2009

Hip Hip Hurrah!

Posted in Blogging by 200

Happy Birthday to me,

Happy Birthday to me,

Happy Birthday dear 200,

Happy Birthday to me.

Today marks the fourth anniversary of my humble little blog. That’s FOUR YEARS of blogging, the last two of which have involved a post every single day.

If you’re reading this blog, your reading one of the longest-lasting continuous police blogs in the UK, you’re also reading the most prolific UK police blogger.

Thank you to all my regular readers, especially the ones who continue to support me by posting comments on my articles!

Here’s to another, er……. year or two.

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19 comments

  1. the man who fell back to bed says:

    congratulations – and thank you for being a damn good read.

    August 29th, 2009 at 10:40

  2. bunk says:

    congrats!

    August 29th, 2009 at 11:09

  3. the_leander says:

    Thankyou for continuing to provide insights into the world of policing!

    Keep up the great work, and congratulations!

    August 29th, 2009 at 11:49

  4. pc fish thief says:

    Thanks for continuing to blog… You seem to be one of the last few left. It’s good for plods like myself to know there are others out there with opinions on the wider world who are willing to share their thoughts regardless of the risk.

    Now keep it going!

    August 29th, 2009 at 12:10

  5. boy on a bike says:

    I hope the missus has baked you a nice, big chocolate cake with candles on top to mark the occasion.

    August 29th, 2009 at 12:30

  6. Tom Gane says:

    A hearty congratulations to you, and your family. Well done and thank you for your thoughts.

    Please keep it going!

    August 29th, 2009 at 16:18

  7. Fee says:

    Happy Birthday to you

    Squashed tomatoes and stew….

    Can we have a game of Blind Man’s Bluff, or has diversity made that illegal?

    August 29th, 2009 at 16:38

  8. Pinkstone says:

    Hats off to you from the New World. Keep it up.

    August 29th, 2009 at 17:02

  9. Tony F says:

    Happy Birthday!

    Here’s to many more!

    August 29th, 2009 at 20:01

  10. MarkUK says:

    Well done and hearty congrats, 200.

    Great blog, and here’s looking forward to AT LEAST another 200 week.

    August 29th, 2009 at 21:05

  11. bill says:

    Happy birthday, 200.

    Your’s is one of the better Police blogs on the “net” and I look forward to reading many more of your posts.

    August 30th, 2009 at 04:02

  12. Steve (Former DC with West Mids) says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

    As a busy business blogger myself, I know how much of your time & effort it must take. A great read.

    If you get chance, I wonder if you would mind having a look at my latest blog, that has been launched in support of the lads n lasses in the job? Not sure if the comment box will permit a url address so I’ll type in a way you’ll get the gyst http etc thinbluelineuk dot blogspot dotcom

    I left the job as a DC with 10 years service back in 1989, to set up in biz. I now jointly run a business called Nice 1 Ltd in the West Midlands area, that promotes a national insurance product through 2000 brokers, motor manufacturers and dealers across the UK. (No promoting intended here!) Anyway, the policy provides a replacement vehicle for theft victims, so as you can imaging, it’s proving popular. If you follow the website link in this post, or as it was typed, it will take you to all our sites (6 in all!), so you can see what we’re about.

    The process of raising consumer awareness these last few years got me intensely involved with the analysis of car crime statistics. That led me to the Home Office, Police Force sites, the Asooc Of British Insurers, National Statistics Office & the Dept for Transport.

    Whilst collating all the information over a three year period, I have been reading police blogs with great interest. I really sympathise with the guys serving now, the job seems to have become a thousand times more bureaucratic and bogged down since ’89 with all the Home Office fifure fudging etc… none of which would make the “job” any easier.

    The exposure of Richard Horton incensed me I have to say. It’s a measure of the political influence that exists in this country, that the frontline bobby cannot have an informed opinion about how the job is made harder by lack of resources, mis reporting of crime and extreme levels of bureacracy.

    It set me thinking. Guys like you do a sterling job putting what information you can “out there” for public consumption. If it’s in the public interest, and in the spirit of public access to information, (crime and policing certainly are), then there is s strong argument that it is against the public interest for the truth to be concealed and massaged by senior officers whether by political pressure or career motivation.

    The big issue is the anonimity factor. I have read a lot of posts on police blogs expressing fear of threatened career prospects. My view is, if the force is transparent and has nothing to hide, then it wouldn’t be too fussed if bobbies spoke out about important issues. Clearly, senior level cover ups have deepened since my day and a right old tangled web of public deceit has been woven. The problem is as we see it, falsely portraying crime figures and sending out the message that “All is rosy” only serves to support the government desire to slash force funding and resources, making it even tougher for the front line troops. Less money, less resource, massive bureacracy adds up to a less efficient force with dissilusioned officers with low morale.

    We have examined the case law closely and have found that there are simple ways to get the message out there that are within the law. Our site and links explain in more detail, and our contact numbers are there for anyone to ring us (anonymously and NEVER recorded. Anyone can ask for me (Steve) and I’ll happily discuss it.

    As you will see from the site, what we are looking to achieve is to provide a channel for bobbies to communicate genuine issue (not slanderous, defamatory, insulting or abusive content). We will be very careful about items that might bring an individual force into disrepute as we are looking for policies that seem to run current on a multi force basis. We know that will be ok with the majority, as the main bones of contention seem to be the bureacratic burden, lack of resources and the official line on statistics (which is where our analysis comes in).

    We want to canvass as much support for the site as possible among the front line guys (and also the former, retired, civvies in fact anyone who can provide informed content).

    We will collate all the material and produce it without reference to names (because we won’t have obtained them!). We have access to media contacts that can get the information in front of a wide audience, which will ultimately lead to pressure being brought to bear in the right quarters.

    We agree with bobbies comments we have seen so often, that the public will only get the police service they deserve, once there is a clean sheet to start with. No matter how stark the real position is, the grass roots policing conditions and the results they could achieve, will only improve once the decks have been cleared.

    I read a great article recently, likening the running of the police service to the MP’s scandal only with much greater consequences for the general public.

    The time is long overdue when political pressure and influence over day to day policing must be re-evaluated. All that it has brought is misdirected funding on expensive committees and planning, leaving nothing left in the pot for the real job of policing the streets.

    A police mate of mine, who wishes to remain nameless, said “If UK Police PLC was a business, it would have gone bump donkeys years ago”.

    Many police bloggers talk about real accountability within forces. To even get part way there with these efforts would be a major achievement.

    I can understand if not everyone will feel comfortable participating. Sometimes we face tough decisions about careers, livelihoods, mortgages and the like and anything that might affect that has to be given very serious consideration.

    That is why we favour the anonymous route. YES, some commentators may suggest that issues and arguments are weakened by anonimity. However, there is an equally strong argument that crucial information to effect change that is greatly in the public interest, would otherwise never be seen in the public domain without anonimity.

    How many police informants would come forward without the protection of CHIS or something like it?

    Provided we are not referring to issues of national security, sticking to statistical reporting processes, their flaws and anomolies and issues affecting resources, the cause remains a balanced and justifiable.

    We will be extremely careful NOT to publish specific detail about officers, forces, or geographic areas that are vulnerable. We are mindful that the criminal fraternity may also read some of our publications and would not wish to expose a vulnerable area to an even greater criminal threat.

    So, in conclusion, whilst we are a commercial business operating successfully, we have immense sympathy and support for the front line officers, regardless of rank.

    Our motives are not-for-profit. Like yourselves, we simply want to raise public awareness and perhaps stimulate action from the right quarters to try and effect some paotive change. This will be to all of our benefit, more especially, the tax paying citizens of which we are all included.

    Please visit the site(s) have a look at what we’re doing. We’re completely open with our activity and open to conversation and information anonymously or otherwise. The choice is down to the individual.

    Hope to see as many of you guys on our boards and posts in the near future. (Again, anonymously if you wish).

    Best wishes to you all, and if no one has said it recently, on behalf of the British public that DO support you fully, thank you for all your wonderful efforts.

    Kind Regards

    Steve
    Head of Crime Analysis
    Nice 1 Limited

    P.S. Just in case our e mail address doesn’t appear here, I can be reached at enquiries @ nice-1DOTcoDOTuk or via the contact numbers on our web pages.

    August 30th, 2009 at 09:30

  13. Joe says:

    Congratulations – here’s to another 4 years of great posts

    August 30th, 2009 at 11:10

  14. Jabadaw says:

    200,

    Hearty congratulations indeed! I am a fairly new reader of your blog and I have found most of them erudite and thought provoking. Long may you continue to blog.

    Shame about the selfish one who used this occasion in an attempt for his own aggrandisement and promotion.

    August 30th, 2009 at 21:26

  15. constableconfused.com says:

    Sorry mate,

    missed your birthday. Would send a belated one but thought I would do this instead. Well done, I know how hard it is to find the time to post never mind everyday. Job well done.

    Regards and keep it up.

    August 31st, 2009 at 04:15

  16. rafanon says:

    Belated congratulations.

    I may not comment very much but I love reading your perspective on things.

    Thanks.

    August 31st, 2009 at 12:36

  17. Reactively Proactive says:

    CONGRATS 200. Happy birthday blog. Keep em coming.

    August 31st, 2009 at 17:45

  18. Officer dibble says:

    200

    4 years?…its flown past!…well done

    August 31st, 2009 at 23:13

  19. 200 says:

    Thanks very much everyone!

    September 1st, 2009 at 18:59

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