May 19th, 2011

What week is it?

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Apparently, it’s National Police Week in the States.

Up to 40,000 police officers descend on Washington, DC for a series of events which includes the National Police Memorial Day on May 15th & a Candlelight Vigil in the memory of officers who have fallen through the years.

Can you imagine anything like this happening in the UK?

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Clearly we couldn’t do the Honour Guard thing since we don’t have anything resembling a ceremonial uniform & banned marching  & discipline lest it offended the poor ickly recruits’ sensibilities.


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  1. met east london says:

    Beg to differ at the royal wedding those in the TUNIC Beat Duty Helmet and White gloves looked smart!! Those of us perimeter security didn’t!! My borough has had to pay £60,000 costs to staff and got reimbursed £20,000(wages at double time! i deserved it! whatever Winsor recomends I didnt get to days spend the day at home with my family, started at0330hrs and was warned last minute and lost a rest day having just worked six days on !) so the borough has lost another £40,000 on top of the 40% savings we have to make!! pretty soon we will be hard pressed to do anything!!! there is no money left for the overtime that always occurs when you have to stay late! Seeing that the unit i;m on is always at minimum strength what will happen if they give me time instaed and I can’t take it??????

    May 20th, 2011 at 11:20

  2. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:

    I still have my tunic and gloves… heh the buttons are like section one firearms mind…

    May 20th, 2011 at 16:45

  3. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:

    Regarding your question though… it wont happen here for lots of reasons:

    Senior officers wouldn’t like to take the chance that the Police marching could offend anyone in the community…

    Senior officers don’t like anything they haven’t suggested themselves…

    Senior officers can’t see any political mileage in doing it…

    We are not seen as a popular service/force ergo, no real milage in showing off…

    In the US of A they have a different mindset… they LIKE their police and are grateful for their sacrifices… here we are considered to be an expensive and useless overpaid chumps…

    May 20th, 2011 at 16:50

  4. Mad Mick says:

    We wouldn’t have a chance. For a start there are too many bobbies with the “what’s in it for me” mindset. Can you see the SMT allowing officers to parade in uniform (especially if it is not for Gay Rights etc). We certainly wouldn’t be able to use job cars (there probably aren’t enough), some numpty would want any march arranged through and policed by ……the police. You’re right Shijuro, we aren’t as well liked as we would like to think, but I believe that that would be the case with some sections of American society. The difference is though that the US coppers probably don’t give a sh!t what others think as they have sufficient pride in themselves to want to display it. What really grips my sh!t though is that we can’t even seem to manage bobbies for Remembrance Sunday!!

    May 20th, 2011 at 19:27

  5. dunploddin (Scotland) says:

    I went over to National Police Week in 2002 (on my own). It was amazing. Events are policed by a mix of DC City Police, US Capital Police and US Parks Police. I spoek to one bike officer who was leading the Police Pipe Parade – he said is was weird and unique to police. Every time he asked someone to move, or step back or whatever, they immediately did so (and apologised).

    It is indeed a shame that we cannot have anything similar over here -cops in their thousands from all over USA (and beyond) converge in Washington DC for that week and I bet the criem rate plummets as a result!!

    When you see the huge list of names of fallen officers on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Justiciary Square, it brings things home to you.

    Job’s the same the world over, it would seem

    May 21st, 2011 at 20:11

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