September 22nd, 2009

Bedtime reading

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

The National Policing Improvement Agency was set up in 2007 by the government to “make a unique contribution to improving public safety”. They take a lead on forming policies & procedures, deal with recommendations for equipment & technology & generally anything to do with making policing in the UK better.

They issue a monthly ‘digest’ or newsletter which contains information of interest to those involved in policing. It’s called the NPIA Digest, and you can if you’re really anal or bored, download a copy.

I had a glance of the September 2009 issue. It contains a wealth of items some of which may be of use to some police officers.

In this month’s packed issue you can see sections on:

Legislation – such things as the Equality Bill & bills before Parliament are discussed.

Government & Parliamentary News – info on the Policing Pledge with a report on the English Local Strategy Partnerships.

Police – The IPCC Annual Report, Management of Police Pursuits & Home Office Circulars.

Crime – Homicides by people with mental illness on the increase, drugs misuse stats

Criminal Justice System – Youth Crime Action Plans

News in Brief

Case Law – items appearing in appeal courts which shape current law

Some of the above will be of more interest than others to police officers but the thing which struck me straight away is that in each issue the first section after the Contents page is not Crime, Police or Law but is a section entiled Diversity in which you can read about Stonewall’s new “What’s it got to do with you leaflet“.

I wonder how the order of sections reflects the importance placed on them or whether it’s just my usual cynical  viewpoint which thinks that more importance is placed on diversity than things like crime & learning the law.

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  1. Big Ott says:

    No bigotry section for charmers like yourself 200?

    September 23rd, 2009 at 15:47

  2. Tony F says:

    Diversity: The art of pointing out differences that don’t really exist.
    Diversify: The art of pissing off people who did not want discriminating aganist.
    For those that don’t realise it, we are ALL unique. Just like everyone else.

    September 23rd, 2009 at 19:28

  3. 200 says:

    I’ve been called some things in my time, but a charmer?

    September 23rd, 2009 at 22:48

  4. Jabadaw says:

    As Tony F points out we are indeed unique, it’s just that some are more unique than others, but most of us try to be like others by dressing in a similar vein, joining clubs, etc ,etc.

    Big Ott, where do you get the idea that 200 is a bigot from? After all 200 had the grace to give a link to Stonewall’s leaflet. Would a bigot do that?

    September 24th, 2009 at 10:25

  5. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I`m not sure if Big Ott was joking or not. But there is a huge gap in between being someone who bangs on about diversity 24/7 and a ‘bigot’.

    The diversity agenda hasn`t been about equality for a long time, nor is it about eradicating racism. To claim it is make you as naive as someone who thinks the worlds major drug companies are interested in curing illnesses. More likely they`re looking to invent a new form of common cold, milder but longer lasting so we buy more of their products.

    It is annoying to keep having diversity rammed down your throat at every opportunity. It also doesn`t happen in the majority of other workforces. Therefore it is not representative of the public we serve to do so.

    On last nights Cops documentary they were about to go mob handed to put in the door of a known drugs dealer. The officer giving the briefing in the car park was obliged to tell those present that the nights festivities had been evaluated for potential human rights breaches.

    If a cop car is chasing a crim, who crashes and is injured, it is right for those officers to render first aid. But to spend a second worrying about the human rights of a drugs dealer prior to a standard arrest procedure is obsession bordering on mental illness.

    Institutionalised mental illness.

    September 24th, 2009 at 20:23

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