June 28th, 2010

No surprise

Posted in The Job - General by 200

It never ceases to amaze me the many & various ways police officers drop bollocks. So it comes as no surprise whatsoever that one of the highest ranking police officers in the country, Sir Hugh Orde, couldn’t manage a simple press release to the Daily Telegraph this week accidentally had private notes about the slashing of the number of police officers, still pinned to the press├é┬árelease.

As a result he has been forced to add the information to his official speech to ACPO later in the week.

Orde will reveal that police officer numbers are set to be be drastically cut in the wake of the financial crisis. Tens of thousands of officers are set to go. I won’t repeat the story, you can read it yourself at the Telegraph website.

If numbers are set to be reduced, can├é┬ásomeone├é┬áplease give us the power to tell the countless thousands of people who get ‘threats’ over Facebook to get a life, because the police service will not cope without the ability to prevent officers dealing with shite all day long.

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  1. Oscar says:

    By investing more money in researching how to improve the efficiency of current police officers the Government will manage to save just almost enough money to cover for the costs of such research, which will be funded by the money saved by removing police officers and some extra billions of ├é┬ú’s.

    If it doesn’t make sense, don’t worry, it doesn’t.

    June 29th, 2010 at 02:45

  2. PC A Hunn says:

    We could easily cope. If it was 1000s of senior police officers but due to the exrement gradient that’s doubtful. However I really can’t see where cuts can be made at front line level. We are on the bones of our arses anyway and have been for years. What can we do?. Never have annual leave, no rest days?. More work from less people is false economy on the front line as it means more officers injured more officers burned out with stress and so more sickness and more expense as others are paid OT to fill the gap. Yes we live in interesting times.

    June 29th, 2010 at 06:22

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

    An essential cull of police will create no crisis – I stated as much on Copperfield some three years ago – to a barrage of crude revilings and pitiful attempts to discredit. It was necessary to make that statement because millions had been obliged to cope with criminality without effective police intervention. It was in such a climate that the attention of editors and senior politicians was drawn to boasts on Copperfield and Gadget. These included examples of gross contempt for equitable law enforcement and instances where police abetted an antithesis of citizen service. An ongoing friction on the blogs has resulted in some unintended casualties.

    Many citizens are seriously alarmed by the fruitless exercise of reporting crime when they make the discovery first hand. They will continue to cope in other ways until a Renaissance in policing restores public confidence.

    I predict a reopening of the village police station; to be managed by the old style Sergeant who must re establish his once respected social position within every small community. Retrospective steps must be taken in the absence of superior alternatives but we can anticipate a huge welcome for Retired Sergeant. He has been badly missed as key police manager. The smart money was always on him to ensure his officers were on their toes, neat, tidy and properly interacting with the local community.

    Whilst the Government commits to a huge purge of the corrupt, lazy, rude and arrogant in all public services, police must follow the example set by citizens in coping with temporary setbacks. So far as the red herring on wasted police time is concerned, powers for dealing with such problems have long been in place. It can only be a matter of using those powers as appropriate.

    June 29th, 2010 at 08:37

  4. shijuro says:

    Renaissance in policing …

    What’s that then? You describe some lost Utopia that will never return.

    You express surprise when you support people loosing jobs and those same people ‘barrage’ you?

    You are thicker than I thought.

    June 29th, 2010 at 08:45

  5. shijuro says:

    Well, the election pledges of ‘front line staff will be protected’ didn’t last long did they? Less than 8-weeks…

    The Police are like Fire, Ambo, Costguard, Nursing … drops in their numbers directly affect your ability to stay alive…

    However, as a serving officer, I accept we are just as vulnerable to economics as the next man.

    June 29th, 2010 at 08:56

  6. shijuro says:

    check out…

    Still gleeful over Police numbers dropping?

    June 29th, 2010 at 09:02

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

    It would be churlish to ignore a kind invitation to post on your blog and I will be doing so the moment Birnam Wood comes to Dunsinane Hill, Shijuro.

    June 29th, 2010 at 10:08

  8. Dan H. says:

    How’s about sorting out some sort of disincentive for frivolous reporting of non-crimes like Facebook harassment? Give then offenders a choice: pay a fine of ├é┬ú100 for wasting police time, or simply cancel their facebook account. Similar tricks could be applied to text message harassment; simply determine which phone sent the harassing text message and arrange for both the SIM and the phone hardware to barred from all UK and EU networks. Result: a once valuable, expensive piece of hardware turns into a brick. This punishes the owner of the phone, and if the sender of the texts wasn’t them, then that punishment is going to get handed down to whoever did it, without the police ever needing to get involved.

    June 29th, 2010 at 10:21

  9. Shijuro says:

    Well as Mac found out … It did indeed …

    June 29th, 2010 at 12:00

  10. A says:

    They’ve already weeded out all the ‘not in my remit’ squads from my force and on OCU you have response, npt, pro active and not alot more…regularly parade <20 officers on response to look after 400,000 people in a pretty deprived area. Demand always outstrips supply.

    By all means cut away, but the recent IPCC report re GMP resourcing levels happens every second of every day in my force – regularly we have early response domestics that go for a day, if not two without resourcing. I can't wait for someone to die and see the newspaper headlines about the lack of response – it already happens, let alone in the future.

    I honestly think the budget cuts will be unmanageable and there will be a u turn. When the prison services goes on strike, when the fire brigade go on strike, when there are riots in the street the police will be expected to deal STILL respond to 999 calls and calls about your neighbours cat thats shat on your garden.

    I can't wait…

    June 29th, 2010 at 12:07

  11. Blueknight says:

    They don’t need to cut the number of Officers, but they do need to ensure value for money.
    And that means that Police Officers should not be employed doing non sentential jobs. We can all name one.

    June 29th, 2010 at 22:08

  12. q says:

    200: So would you agree with Orde that given less money, the obvious first thing to cut is response officers?

    June 29th, 2010 at 22:24

  13. MPS Probie says:

    The obvious first thing to cut is ACPO

    June 29th, 2010 at 22:28

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