July 20th, 2011

Did you hear the one about…

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I must have missed the headlines & front-loaded TV News reports on this one, but a few days ago another police officer was shot in south Croydon.

The unarmed officer (i.e. 99%+ of all officers) was called to a routine report of people acting suspiciously. On arrival three men made off. The officer gave chase when one of the men pulled out a gun & shot him. Fortunately, (or unfortunately given that it could have missed all together) the officer was shot in the arm, his injuries were not life threatening.

Met Police Commander Tony Eastaugh said: “I am outstandingly proud of our officers who put themselves in positions of danger on a daily basis to protect the communities of London. It is sad that an unarmed officer has been shot whilst performing his duty to the public. Our thoughts are with him and his family.”

Nice to see a departure from the usual community reassurance message with a total lack of support for the officer concerned that we normally get from these incidents from senior officers.

The injured officer is the second to be seriously injured in Croydon in the last two months. A plain clothes officer  was stabbed when he stopped a gang of youths in May.

We know there are thousands of guns in the hands of criminals and thugs who are willing to use them on police officers and each other without a second thought. Yet we still expect officers to confront them with nothing more than a bit of stiff plastic and a few stern words. Not much good against bullets & pointy things when you least expect it.

Those two officers are typical of the ones the government is taking money away from in the form of wage freezes and pension attacks.


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  1. Peckham PC says:

    You should also mention that the day after the PC being shot, we had one PC have his jaw broken and another had her neck slashed. Both on a ‘routine’ call and both unarmed. It recieved no press coverage, and only a 1 line mention by Tim Godwin.


    Jobs F*****

    July 21st, 2011 at 05:20

  2. Ben says:

    Civilians are also expected to go about their business without any protection. If guns are necessary for the police to defend themselves, they are necessary for everyone.

    I agree with you – but what about us MOPs? Are we just supposed to run away and leave it to you? What if we have nowhere to run? When every second counts the police are only minutes away.

    At some point it will have to be admitted that gun control has failed.

    July 21st, 2011 at 10:42

  3. Ex-Peeler says:

    Ben, No offence- but that’s bollocks!

    You might as well say that there is no need for a police force as every citizen can do the job for themselves.

    Every country on Mainland Europe has an armed Police force. The civilian populations there seem to get by without being armed!

    July 21st, 2011 at 11:19

  4. Shijuro says:

    The fact is simple…

    We are expendable…

    Our image is now so eroded by aggressive media attack that nothing that happens to us is in anyway deplored…

    July 21st, 2011 at 12:55

  5. Tony F says:

    Well, if the law wasn’t broken, and punishments fitted the crime, scrotes would think twice about attacking anyone. Attacking an officer of the law should be a capital offence. No mitigation.

    However, certain ‘senior’ officers have spoiled the mix allowing politics and the meja run the roost.

    July 21st, 2011 at 15:35

  6. Phil says:

    If I had my way the police would be armed. Then again I dream of Road Wars ending with the line “The scrum bag who had stolen 10 cars was taken into a field and dispatch into a unmarked grave.” rather than the usual was given a suspended sentence, £15 fine and banned for another 10 months.

    July 21st, 2011 at 16:11

  7. World Weary Detective says:

    The Met’s intranet featured this as a story – several below the numerous messages from Management Board going on about the spate or resignations. Their lack of interest would be astounding if it wasn’t so predictable.

    July 21st, 2011 at 16:30

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