December 15th, 2009


Posted in The Job - General by 200

The Metropolitan Police have recently picked up an award, but perhaps not one they were actually after.

The Plain English Campaign have awarded a “Kick in the Pants” award for their use of gibberish & ‘ploddledygook’.

A spokeswoman for the group said they had made the award for the consistent bad use of language in recent years.

It is all the more embarrassing for the Met since they have been corporate members of the Plain English Campaign for several years.

The Met was specifically slated for using the term ‘multiple perpetrator rape‘ instead of ‘gang rape‘ & for naming a department the ‘Citizen Focus Command‘.

The Met said: “We used the expression multiple perpetrator rape because of concerns raised by academics about the perception of the word ‘gang’”.

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  1. Officer dibble says:

    As the Met appears driven in appeasing any criticism we will now probably create a Fortnightly review group to meet and chew over all media output.Lets call it the Tasking Response to Unreviewed Media,Press and Editing on Detail to the Uninitiated Public… which would be….er… TRUMPED UP..mmmm

    December 16th, 2009 at 00:50

  2. TunaSunrise says:

    I’m sick of all this rubbish. What’s wrong with calling things what they are?

    I’ve not heard the term ‘multiple perpetrator rape’ before, and I suppose it might be more technically accurate than ‘gang’, but as long as the meaning is clear, who cares?

    If you’re one of the multiple perpetrators then you deserve far worse than being referred to by a term you don’t like. If you’re affected by the crime or involved in sorting out the consequences, then surely you have far bigger issues to take up your time. And if you’re not involved in any way (I suspect the originator of this phrase falls into this category), then you need to grow up and find something more constructive to do.

    The nature of my job means I have to deal with academics every single day. The majority of them are not on this earth or Fullers.

    December 16th, 2009 at 08:44

  3. MPS Probie says:

    The quote from some media drone at the Met (who probably gets paid a lot more than I do) says it all.

    We fall over ourselves to accommodate ANYONE who complains about ANYTHING.

    I’m willing to bet large sums of money that I don’t have that the ‘academics’ who were so upset by the term ‘gang rape’ had never been gang raped themselves. As such, why do we care what their opinions on the impact of the words themselves are?

    From the context of the article it would seem that they aren’t carrying out research in order to help protect women and catch rapists; but instead belong to the large minority of the uninformed chattering classes who are trying to hold on to the belief that all youths are lovely chaps, and that there are no gangs or nasty things like that around – apart from those brutes in The Job of course!

    December 16th, 2009 at 09:41

  4. boy on a bike says:

    Who gives a stuff what “academics” think?

    December 16th, 2009 at 11:33

  5. Civ_In_The_City says:

    It may seem trivial but it`s a perfect indication of how the police ‘service’ has had it`s eye taken right off the ball. This obsession with language and correct terminology is one facet of political correctness. Where the words go, so the thoughts shall follow.

    By coincidence I was only thinking about the Plain English Campaign and their crystal mark on my way to work this morning. Any of the myriad accreditations and and ‘standards’ (ISO9000, ITIL, Investors in People) could happily be dropped in the bin for all the good they do.

    A force near me (not a million miles away) has got a new ACC, his first words on appointment: ‘nice to be part of the leadership team, looking forward to making the communities of Ruralshire feel safer and be safer, revelling in the challenge of delivering the services demanded by the police authority’ blah blah blah. So far, so ACPO dictionary.

    He could be ANY senior officer, in ANY police force, ANYWHERE in the country. Is it government brain washing? It`s buzzword bingo, and he`s got lines every way up and corner to corner.

    Hearing police officers on the radio or T.V. is getting cringeworthy as they trot out the same old tired phrases.

    Ploddleygook is spot on.

    p.s. Never ask your nearest underwater search team where they buy their flippers. They are FINS you ignoramus!

    December 16th, 2009 at 18:38

  6. PC A Hunn says:

    The Police force as a whole should get this “award”. An organisation which can change the name of a Car Crash 3 times in less than 10 years (RTA,RTC,RTI??). The title of a beat bobby on an almost yearly basis (PBO,CBO,CBM,NBM,NPT,CFBO,CFO to name a few) and even the f@cking control room to “Citazen Focus Centre” wants shot with shit. More money has been wasted on “rebranding” and updated propagander posters/leaflets than chuffing crime prevention (sorry harm reduction…aaaaarrrggghhh!!!).

    December 16th, 2009 at 18:49

  7. Tony F says:

    Ahh, the rearranging of the deck chairs….

    December 16th, 2009 at 20:44

  8. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Not just rearranging the deck chairs though. Rearranging deck-chairs, then looking surprised when there are exactly the same number of deck chairs after, as their were before.

    Must have been something wrong with our plan, we`ll draw up a new one and employ someone to manage the plan and the re-arranging.

    6 weeks later. What? Still the same amount of deck-chairs? Maybe they`re the wrong colour.

    6 weeks later. What about the fabric?

    6 weeks later. When was the last time they were polished, get someone on that right away.

    6 weeks later. Still no more deck-chairs? Did we employ someone to supervise the quality of polishing to work alongside the plan execution manager?

    6 weeks later. Maybe they need to go on a supervising, managing, inspecting and auditing course.

    6 weeks later. Are you sure you followed the deck-chair re-arranging process correctly? Well, from now on fill in one of these forms everytime a chair is moved.

    6 weeks later. We`ve got less deck-chairs than we started with? Well, just buy some more. What? No budget for new deck-chairs. Where did it all go?

    At this rate we`ll be out of the deck-chair business in 6 months.

    And the band played on….

    December 16th, 2009 at 21:32

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