June 11th, 2011

It must be dynamite

Posted in The Job - General by 200

It must have been one hell of a text message that got Chief Inspector Mark Ling suspended on full pay this week.

The Chief Inspector works for Sussex Police who are now investigating the officer while he sits on his arse at home drawing a £54,000 salary. That’s £147.94 of tax payers’ cash for every day he remains under investigation – and we all know how many weeks, months & years it takes to deal with a discipline matter in this country.

Sussex aren’t releasing much information, except what you would normally expect when a PC is in the sticky stuff. They said: ”This was not a decision taken lightly, but the nature of the allegation – the sending of an offensive text message – was such that it was felt that the force needed to take immediate action pending an investigation. It should be stressed that the allegations are yet to be fully investigated and the suspension reflects only the force’s view of the seriousness of an allegation of this nature.”

I’m not a supporter of senior officers who drop a bollock but one really has to wonder whether the residents of Sussex are best served by suspending soemone over an alleged text message. I can’t wait to find out what the message was.

In about a year’s time.

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  1. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:

    We could have a “guess the text” competition?

    My first go would be:

    “drop your panties Sir Arthur, I cannot wait until lunchtime!”


    “Can you pop upstairs please, Lucy, I want to have you throw cream cakes at my naked body …’


    June 11th, 2011 at 22:59

  2. boy on a bike says:

    “Come and see my ding-a-ling.”

    June 12th, 2011 at 01:11

  3. jaded says:

    Chin up Mark.

    June 12th, 2011 at 09:59

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Two doctrines that have f*cked up policing (and every other public service):

    “We will do everything humanly possible to ensure an incident like this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN”.

    and …

    “We [WHOEVER] take matters of [WHATEVER] extremely seriously. We will be conducting a full, thorough and detailed enquiry and at the end of that if we find that one of our ex-employees has fallen short of our usually extremely high standards we will crucify them with all possible haste. We will also make a public example of them, whether we truly believe that to be proportionate and appropriate ourselves. Not only will we do the right thing (a.k.a. ensuring we don`t offend anyone by not sacking them) we will make sure that everyone sees us doing the right thing (sacking them) in a grand gesture that proves how sincere and serious we are about sacking people at the earliest opportunity when it gets us in the papers and draws unwanted attention on us, especially our chief exec/constable.

    This will ensure that that final 0.3% of the population that still carries even a momentary casual interest in our organisation will, for a brief fleeting moment in their busy lives, get a vague fuzzy feeling drift through their subconscious – one that may come to them in a dream months from now – that things are o.k. with us, we can cope, we`re on your side, hush now, close your eyes, sleep now, you look tired, you`re in safe hands, sshhhhhhh.

    “Rock-a-bye (our communities) on the chopping block, when the shit hits the fan the status quo will rock, when the winds-of-change blow down a bad ‘un we`ll sweep it under the carpet, up will stay chiefy, entourage and all.”

    June 12th, 2011 at 10:52

  5. Steve says:

    “I think common sense is missing in the SMT”, that would get him suspended for sure

    June 12th, 2011 at 14:13

  6. Blueknight says:

    What’s the betting it was a jokey E mail sent to a colleague that was picked up by the ‘word filter’.

    We want an end to this madness

    June 12th, 2011 at 18:50

  7. Brontosaurus says:

    Has to be racist or homophobic. That is guaranteed suspension and dismissal.

    June 12th, 2011 at 22:24

  8. Bill in Canada says:

    Do keep us posted, 200!

    June 12th, 2011 at 23:42

  9. Hibbo says:

    It will be some playground-level “Two poofs walk in to a bar” type joke. Nothing more, nothing less. Probably forwarded on to someone looking for a promotion by showing how “right-on” they are.

    June 13th, 2011 at 07:55

  10. onereddrop says:

    Comments above are very amusing but this is actually a much more serious situation than people now about yet because they are trying so hard to cover it up our website will give you a much clearer view

    June 13th, 2011 at 15:59

  11. onereddrop says:

    If you visit our site please be sure to sign the petition to the Chief Constable

    June 13th, 2011 at 15:59

  12. Adam Lotun says:

    I am leaning towards some form of financial irregularity as reported by Reuters on the day of his suspension and also towards some dirty dealings with a Local Housing Association and disability discrimination and threats, intimidation and morally reprehensible behavior to some of the most vulnerable members of the disabled community…bad Chief Constable…naughty Chief Constable…

    June 13th, 2011 at 17:18

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