When I joined the police some 31 years ago, I think I did so because I had some airey-fairey idea that I wanted to help people who couldn’t help themselves. Something about making a difference. I still kind of feel the same way today in my work in the control room. I like to think that the life of my officers is improved because it’s me on the other end of the radio rather than another controller.
One of the lads on my training school course, on being inspected by one of the chief constables whilst on parade, wasÃ‚Â askedÃ‚Â why he joined. Without a word of a lie he said “because I wanted a new suit & to drive fast cars, sir“.
Quality, I’ve been using that phrase ever since.
What neither of us said was: “So I could knock women off for traffic offences & let them off in exchange form a blow job.” Which appears to be the motive behind soon-to-be ex-PC Jamie Slater, 33, of South Wales Police, who was jailed this week for three-and-a-half years for misconduct in a public office. Cardiff Crown Court heard that he had dealt with six women at the roadside & later texted them with offers to drop the case if they had ‘a relationship’ with him.
I know we are all open to stupidity, but one wonders at what stage Slater thought this was a good idea. I guess he’ll have some time to ponder while he’s picking up the soap for Mr Big.