March 24th, 2010

More Tea & Medals

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People who work in offices  at police headquarters up & down the land love awards. There are awards for all sorts of things which the police can win, most of them are nothing to do with preventing & solving crime or preventing anti-social behaviour.

Northumbria Police have won a PR Award issued by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. The award, which Northumbria nominated themselves for, was for the way they handled the case in which one of their officers knocked down & killed 16-year-old Hayley Adamson, while the officer was following what he thought was a stolen vehicle. The police car didn’t have its blues & twos on & the officer was later gaoled.

Judges for the award said they were impressed by the ‘professional & caring way’ in which Northumbria dealt with a ‘sensitive issue’. Northumbria’s objectives in dealing with the aftermath included; “To minimise the risks to Northumbria’s reputation, to minimise any inappropriate, speculative, or inaccurate reporting, & to demonstrate Northumbria’s empathy with the victim’s family and community.”

They may have done a good job in a very sensitive situation, but I can’t help thinking it was totally inappropriate to self-nominate for an award which was basic damage limitation.

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6 comments

  1. Cogidubnus says:

    See my comments on Gadget’s site…I and taxpayers like me directly fund self-seeking cunts like these… and this was NOT a good idea.

    March 24th, 2010 at 22:52

  2. Tom Gane says:

    Who are the Chartered Institute of Public Relations? I simply ask as are they some form of validation for our front line services, or some imaginary extension of the government.

    I thought it beneficial to judge the police service on the prevention and detection of crime, and not ‘how’ they looked doing their job, but how they did the job..

    March 25th, 2010 at 09:18

  3. anon says:

    2 words. Hubris and shameful.

    March 25th, 2010 at 09:51

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I agree with all comment here and on Gadgets site.

    This is not only the norm, it`s positively encouraged.

    It`s the same mind-set that Haringay Child Services came up with after Baby P was murdered. “Yes, we know a baby we were supposed to be looking out for died, but look at our Gold Star rating from the inspectors! We followed all our procedures to the letter, so in fact we actually did a great job”.

    Is it a coincidence that at the same time NuLabour is up sh*t street and looking for good news stories before an election that police forces and Chiefs are doing the same thing.

    NuLabour, the political wing of the police service.

    March 25th, 2010 at 10:15

  5. shijuro says:

    I think that this is beneath contempt and a new level of low for the Police.

    I have been applying for jobs outside of the Police now for sometime- as I think I have had enough…

    I know I will loose money big-time on my pension- but… this is just not the job I joined…

    I hate it now.

    March 25th, 2010 at 11:12

  6. Tony F says:

    I don’t understand these ‘award’ thingies. It appears that having awards is more important than fulfilling your basic function. For me, the sole requirement that the police need to do is eradicate crime, wherever and whenever it occurs. The reward for that would be 100% support and respect from the majority of the population. No plaques required, no dusty silver to tarnish so quickly. PR and bean counting does not aid in this. Chasing popularity is not as important as chasing crooks.

    March 25th, 2010 at 18:51

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