July 19th, 2011

Some random thoughts

Posted in The Job - General by 200

So the race is on to secure the top spot at the Met. With the recent falling from grace of the last two commissioner’s it’s getting to look more like a poisoned chalice than a job from heaven. Still, quarter of a million quid’s gotta be worth a punt.

I spent a fair bit of time in the car yesterday and heard lots of people gushing about how the current, er, previous commissioner was well-liked, respected, a copper’s copper, cleared up the crime rate, London a much safer place, yadda, yadda, yadda.

I wonder who these people are who thought so highly of Paul Stephenson. This is a man who, many officers will say, failed to support his staff over pay issues, failed to support his staff over personal safety by a) making them go single patrol and b) headed an organisation who declined to give front-line officers Taser capability when forces with far less staff, smaller budgets & less risk were making their staff safer. He steadfastly refuses to bring the Met into the 21st century by making them wear a uniform which most forces in the land have realised is no longer fit for purpose (jacket & ties).

He’s a man on £260,000 a year who sees nothing wrong in accepting a five-week recuperation at a private health club belonging to a man his outfit hired for PR work despite being previously employed by the News of the World, a paper which his outfit were investigating. Even if his choice of luxury health club wasn’t called into question, was the man not able to actually pay for the services provided, which included services run at the site by the husband of one Rebecca Brooks?

Then we hear about Assistant Commissioner Yates (who undoubtedly did good work on anti-terrorism) suspected of joining the nepotism club in assisting a daughter of one of the main players at the News of the World.

Five very senior staff members of the Met being referred to the IPCC in one hit. It’ll be a wonder if there are any left to step into all the holes being made in the fallout.

And how come the head of an organisation employing someone from the News of the World for a bit of PR work is ripe for a sacrificial falling-on-swords ‘the right thing to do’ if you’re a police officer but not if you’re a prime minister?

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  1. Simon says:

    I think that the new head shed at the Met should be the person that the Frontline rozzers vote for.

    July 20th, 2011 at 07:32

  2. Gary says:

    What is worrying is the nonsense about parachuting in managers at a senior level. Then we will get some real to**ers. It really will be time to leave.

    July 20th, 2011 at 13:42

  3. Omri says:

    This is only the beginning. NotW is a subsidiary of an American company. That makes all this corruption a violation of America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

    Every bribe. Every thinly veiled blackmailing email to a police official. Every move is something for which the Murdochs are criminally liable under American law.

    July 20th, 2011 at 14:05

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    The tombola of the three p`s (politics/policing/public relations) has so far spat out some journos and some coppers. When the heat crept in the direction of the politicians it was quickly redirected back to the police.

    What Stephenson and Yates failed to get across is the extent to which all three sides got so entwined during the Blair years. We have had a generation of senior officers who come across more like politicians and spend heavily on P.R. to churn out ‘good news’ and image control stories to the press. There`s one at the top of a force near me.

    But if the MP`s expenses fiasco is anything to go by then things will get much worse before they get better. It would be nice if nobody applied for those top Met jobs, or applied on condition that the P.R. department there, and the perceived need for such a thing, was wiped from the face of the earth.

    The MP`s expenses scandal was bad, the media frenzy was worse, but the most damaging and ridiculous aspect was the wildly over-reactive response by the cleanup committee. When all they had to do was enforce the rules already present.

    July 20th, 2011 at 20:38

  5. Plodnomore says:

    Cressida Dickwon’t get it – at least not yet – as she hasn’t killed enough people! There are several people I would consider suitable but unfotunately, Genghis Khan and Vlad the Impaler are no longer with us, Judge Dredd is a fictional character and Voldermort has been sorted out by that arch villain Harry Potter (if it wasn’t for those pesky kids……………..!). I would suggest an Asian, lesbian, disabled, dyslexic, autistic CSO and then EVERYONE would be happy.

    July 21st, 2011 at 19:39

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