January 30th, 2010

Smoke & Mirrors?

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Around two weeks ago many police bloggers reported a story of a single-crewed officer getting beaten unconscious during a stop check in Kent. A photo of the female officer concerned was published on many blogs. Inspector Gadget received some 200 messages of sympathy for the officer. The story was used as evidence that single-crewing is an inherently dangerous practice.

Several police bloggers encouraged others to post the same photo on their blogs. I chose not to, despite a direct request to do so from one or two bloggers.

Last week the story of the attack on the officer disappeared from the Kent Police website. It seems some wool may have been pulled over some eyes.

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  1. MPS Probie says:

    Well, that made little or no sense.

    I doubt very much whether credibility has been damaged on any front, aside from PC Croucher’s of course.

    They relayed/pointed to a news story (with multiple sources) in good faith. A story that fits very well with the knowledge and experiences of other incidents that many of us have.

    I don’t see how concern about a dangerous and flawed single patrolling policy – and worry for an injured colleague – should result in guffaws from anyone.

    January 31st, 2010 at 10:56

  2. Reactively Proactive says:

    The story was linked to the BBC news site. This is possibly the most balanced and creditable news source out there. Inspector Gadget does not have a magical insight into the running of all police incidents through the country and has to rely on information coming to him through reliable sources. It certainly isn’t an own goal scored as it still highlights the way in which police are left out there alone even if on this occassion the accusation proved unfounded. This one event does not prove that single crewing is safe.

    I wonder exactly what did happen to PC Croucher? Maybe she was a bit skint and fancied a bit of criminal injuries compo.

    January 31st, 2010 at 11:48

  3. anon says:

    Rumours abound of Dan Collins rushing out a debut paperback by his new find, Fran Croucher. Entitled “Look what Nu-Labour did to my career” it should be in all cheap bookshops by the end of next week.

    January 31st, 2010 at 13:13

  4. 200 says:

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    No, but then it was never intended to, far more importantly is that evryone took up the cudgels as evidence that single crewing is dangerous, maybe it is, but this whole shebang has probably just damaged that argument.

    January 31st, 2010 at 20:37

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