June 15th, 2010

That’ll be 60 quid, 3 points & a shag

Posted in The Job - General by 200

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, was asked 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.

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10 comments

  1. PC A Hunn says:

    Might have got away with it if he worked in Vice in the 70′s, where I hear their moto was “court or the cock”.

    Complete tit. Deserves sacking but 3.5 years was a tad harsh.

    June 16th, 2010 at 07:45

  2. Dr Melvin 'Banned from most police blogs' Gray says:

    The sentence was not at all harsh. It reflects very serious and systematic misconduct in a public office whereby a trusted public servant was able to gratify himself long before eventual arrest.

    It is not for inmates to mete out additional punishments with ‘blind eye’ approval. “I guess he’ll have some time to ponder while he’s picking up the soap for Mr Big” suggests a common perversion in the state system no less serious than the one for which PC Slater was jailed.

    June 16th, 2010 at 08:36

  3. Ben says:

    The sentence is not remotely harsh. It seems rather lenient to me, reflecting the fact that he was charged with the most minor offence possible, misconduct in office. Blackmailing and coercing women into having sex? Why was he not charged with blackmail or malfeasience in office?

    >” Mr Davies said: “She was left scared and upset and said she will never get into a police vehicle again, having lost faith in the police force.”"

    I hope everyone will remember this case next time police forces ask for additional powers. Should this man have been armed also?

    > “Mr Davies added that when the woman’s husband found out about the affair, Slater looked him up on the police database and sent him taunting texts.”

    It’s great that we have all this information on police databases isn’t it? This is exactly what is wrong with “the database state”. I know 200 has written against the DNA database, and I appreciate that.

    Ben

    June 16th, 2010 at 09:44

  4. RogBoy says:

    3 years is not excessive, considering the damage he did.

    If a person coerces another into having sex, surely that offender should be tried for rape? Slater got off lightly; probably another example of allowing scumbags to plead guilty to a lesser offence rather for convenience.

    June 16th, 2010 at 10:02

  5. rosco says:

    Can I just point out that E/FPN is £60 and 3 points: it’s a PND that is £80 (and no points obviously!). Maybe you’ve been a bit too long in the control room now! :D

    June 16th, 2010 at 15:07

  6. Jimbob says:

    Ben,

    “Misconduct in public office” is not the most minor offence possible. It is indictable only, that is to say it can only be tried at Crown Court, and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. In short, it is a very serious common law offence.

    Mis or malfeasance is a tort and a cause for bringing action in the civil courts for compensation or injunction.

    It can’t be blackmail as the ‘gain’ he sought was not quantifiable in either money or property.

    You seem to be another of those lovely internet correspondents who hover around police blogs, using big words and talking of database states etc who has only a rudimentary knowledge of the law of the land. I’m not saying you need a law degree to hold an opinion or belief but maybe you should have some understanding before you become so fiercely critical.

    RogBoy,

    It’s not rape. It’s certainly depraved and disgraceful and everything else but no sexual offence has been committed. And the CPS only charge ‘misconduct in public office’ if no other suitable statutory offence with a suitable punishment exists to cover their actions so I’m not sure your conspiracy theory fits (for once when it comes to the CPS).

    June 16th, 2010 at 16:22

  7. Ben says:

    @Jimbob, I certainly have only a rudimentary knowledge of the law, that’s perfectly true.

    Of course I was completely wrong to say misconduct is a minor offence – it carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Thanks also for taking the time to explain why it isn’t blackmail.

    The rest of my comment stands.

    June 16th, 2010 at 17:30

  8. PC A Hunn says:

    You are unlikely to get 3.5 years for taking a knife and plunging it into the flesh of another human being, you deffinatly will not for commiting multiple burglarys and devestating dozens of lives.

    So I think the sentance was too harsh. He is a depraved scumbag who is a disgrace and deserves porridge but I think what he recieved is disproportionate.

    June 16th, 2010 at 18:13

  9. Blueknight says:

    I am wondering when he joined and how he got past the recruiting system.

    June 16th, 2010 at 22:27

  10. Shijuro says:

    An old Masai saying springs to mind:

    ‘the lions stick close to the zebra…’

    I wonder if he didn’t join with the intention to do it… In the same way some teachers join to get access to a victim pool…

    (note to self- you don’t deal with sex offenders any more)

    June 17th, 2010 at 18:41

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