January 19th, 2012

Woe betide

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PC Nick Manning is up on charges under police disciplinary procedures for tweeting about the job.  PC Manning is a Police Federation rep in Dorset and has been tweeting for the last year.

He appears to have been doing what we police bloggers have been doing for years, telling the truth about the way police and policing in this country works, and criticising the people who run policing. He recently revealed that on a night shift there were 3 police officers to cover the whole of North Dorset, and apparently hasn’t been too supportive of all the cuts in policing.

The problem is that telling the public some of these truths can be construed in the minds of police bosses and professional standards services as either ‘bringing the force into disrepute’ or ‘undermining public confidence’. The corollary of this must be that it is OK to fool the public into thinking there is sufficient police coverage, or to leave them in ignorance or worse, to lie to them. And this isn’t bringing the force into disrepute?

I’m longing for someone to take the chief constable to court for breach of human rights in freedom of expression for a police officer who writes something in their own time, off duty, and merely tells the truth about policing.

The bosses don’t like when the truth doesn’t meet with their smoke and mirrors versions on how things run, you’re not towing the party line and they can’t have people singing of different hymn sheets. They hate it and they take it personally. Their corporate bullying can be vengeful and effective, even if they don’t win. Career avenues can inexplicably narrow. There is always room for a transfer when your station suddenly becomes overmanned and another 30 miles away needs an extra body. Going from paying nothing to get to work – because you walk or cycle – to paying £200 a month in fuel for the next 6 years or more is a very effective and completely masked fine on someone who has pissed you off.

And they still get away with it.



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  1. Bof says:

    Call me old fashioned but as a serving officer I value the truth and find those in the service who try to hide it and bad as those who lie outright. For years I have been disgusted by “The Job” fiddling figures and blatantly telling lies to either satisfy a partilar party line or further someones career. It has certainlly gone on for the 26yrs I’ve been in and ranges from the way tool marks around points of entry are recorded to the stuff Pc Nick Manning’s supereiors have been telling the residents of Dorset. The problem with telling lies to the public is that is self purpetuating; you tell them burglary hasn’t gone up this year when you’ve been recording attempts as criminal damage and next year you have to tell similar lies or they think you’ve been sitting on your arse all year as theburglary figures go through the roof because of honest recording. Of course if “The Job” told the truth more we might be less likely to be the target of huge cuts too! As to who has brought the Dorset police service into disripute, I’m sure that fellow Dorset residents will agree that it’s the senior officers who allowed the staffing levels to become so poor and not the person who has brought it to everyones notice that needs to be disciplined.

    January 20th, 2012 at 14:14

  2. Tony F says:

    Bof, Hear Hear! Another problem with lying is (As certain meeja figures are finding out) Sooner or later you will get caught out. As to whether justice is then meted out, who knows?

    January 20th, 2012 at 15:26

  3. Whinger says:

    Same in my force, depletion of Officers and bosses saying the Public will receive the same service.

    I’m waiting for 1 C. Constable to tell it LIKE it really is. It’s not going to happen is it?

    January 20th, 2012 at 22:56

  4. Ted says:

    “going from paying nothing to get to work – because you walk or cycle – to paying £200 a month in fuel for the next 6 years or more is a very effective and completely masked fine on someone who has pissed you off.”

    Indeed. This happened to me when I was the shift spokesman objecting to a new shift roster which didn’t comply with regs. When I got rotated out the unit everyone else going at the same time got their first choice of division. I didn’t get first or second choice which the Chief Super made a point of referring to during my exit interview.

    The shafting wasn’t as complete as he wished though as the staff officer in my new division was a friend of a friend and made sure I got the closest station to home in the division.

    Try transferring a train driver to a distant station as an unofficial punishment and see how long it would be before they were out on strike.

    January 21st, 2012 at 00:45

  5. Shijuro says:

    Because I had the front to ask for a posting driving a panda, I was moved 20-miles from my parade station…

    I fought tooth and nail…

    But bullies in power are difficult to deal with…

    January 22nd, 2012 at 16:36

  6. Politics4fools says:

    The funny thing is on twitter he had 160 odd followers. Now they done this millions know about it.

    Not the smartest move

    January 28th, 2012 at 13:43

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