June 17th, 2010

There’s a thing

Posted in The Job - General by 200

So the IPCC investigation into the case of the G20 sergeant & the female protester has concluded.

Sgt Delroy Smellie was found not guilty of assaulting Nichola Fisher with his baton at the G20 protests in London in April 2009 when he appeared in court in March this year. The case was then investigated by the IPCC &, much to some people’s surprise’ they have concluded he had no case to answer. Given the stance of the IPCC & a certain leading figure within that organisation, it appears nobody really could find any evidence against the officer & ‘trial by YouTube’ might not be as clear-cut as a lot of people think.

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

    Taking a long view of recent events and decisions, I venture IPCC have undermined and unwittingly? damaged UK police. Of course this is only one opinion and to repeat, a long view.

    June 18th, 2010 at 09:37

  2. shijuro says:

    The problem with having too much control functions in a system (as MTG alludes…) is that eventually, the system ceases to function outside of the control area.

    In some areas of the infrastructure, that my be desirable. For us it is not.

    It just means less service for the very people that want the controls – then moan they don’t get the service.

    A nice irony…

    June 18th, 2010 at 15:17

  3. rafanon says:

    Any apologies for the stress the poor copper has been under? ummmm…nah!

    June 18th, 2010 at 16:22

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    For a long time now the police have been one of the organisations most acutely affected by recent cultural phenomena. It has been described as the ‘age of audit’, I refer to it as the culture of ‘it must never happen again’.

    Put together with the age of ‘trial by media’, ‘where there`s blame there`s a claim’ and ‘everyone gets 15 minutes of fame (and gets paid for it)’ and we end up with situations like Sgt Smellie.

    In the ideal world that has been created for the police to aspire to, they never make a mistake, never do or say the wrong thing, never upset anyone, never offend anyone – and most of all – will always be there to do whatever is asked of them, no matter how trivial or how far from the responsibility of the police that thing is.

    They are criticised when they act, then criticised for not acting.

    It`s time the police reclaimed their political independence.

    Promotion of senior officers should be done by the votes of response officers and their sergeants.

    June 18th, 2010 at 17:58

  5. shijuro says:

    I make it no secret that I do not carry a baton or CS on duty.


    I won’t put my lovely wife (and me…) through 18-months of ‘being investigated and offside’ stress and worry we are going to loose our home and future financial security.

    Yes, I have been warned about not carrying them. I don’t care. You are not really able to use them without being in a pile of doo-doo, god knows what would happen if your baton inadvertently caused a serious injury or the villain reacted to the CS…

    I just won’t draw my baton or use CS ever and if I am not carrying it, I can’t be tempted.

    On a lighter note… check out my blog about new risk management laws…


    June 19th, 2010 at 16:44

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