March 18th, 2012

Almost no silver left to sell

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News today which will come as no surprise, certainly to readers of this blog as I’ve mentioned it several times before.

Record numbers of police stations are closing and are due to be closed. The report in the Telegraph mentions the recent 20% funding cuts but this has been on the cards for several years. We’ve been selling off police property for years now.

Police managers call it ‘service improvement’ but everyone else just calls it selling off the family silver and sending the service to the public further down the pan.

Apparently there are around 1,300 police stations, or should that be ‘were’? A third of them have closed in the last 2 years or are due to be shut. It’s better for the public to make them report everything by email or get them to drive twenty miles or more to find a police station that is open.

The way to go is to open offices in supermarkets, which is strange given that in our force we tried having ‘police shops’ where we’d take over a closed shop in the town centre and use it as a surgery. They didn’t last long because they were expensive and people either never found out about them or didn’t want the world and his wife seeing them in the police shop while they were out shopping.

I expect now though, it will be a wonderful idea and someone will get another promotion or two for seeing the great sell of through.

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4 comments

  1. Keith says:

    Ifwe outsource policing overseas, can we fund it with the 35% increase IN REAL TERMS that HMG has promised in overseas aid. Just whose government is it?

    March 18th, 2012 at 23:50

  2. Gary says:

    The plan is simply to reduce crime.
    By making it as difficult as possible to report crime, and getting rid of easily accessable police stations is one strand of that process, lower police numbers can be justified. It will of course make no differance to the real level of crime.

    March 19th, 2012 at 14:11

  3. WHO DID THE MATHS? says:

    what i have learned is that the folk that ring us (mostly time wasting scum)are too bone idle to even interupt there shopping , the mobile office goes into the ‘communities’ and nobody bothers there arse to go and visit it, wayne and waynetta ring 999 because they have used all there credit sending each other abusive texts and sit watching jeremy kyle waiting for us to drive round and sort there lives/drivel out and in most cases dont have the courtesy to turn the bloody tele off when we are tying to listen/comprehend the reason why we came to see them in the first place.I am afraid we didn’t make best use of our offices, when you are ill YOU make your own way to the doctors/hospital unless you pyshically cannot, same should have been said to the waynes and waynettas. ….if you can walk..you can get a bus etc , again the numpties seem to wait days before ringing us to tell us ‘i want them charged’ about that fall out that happened a week ago… oh and last month they upset my feelings really badly .Judging by our ‘service using ‘ public might i suggest that LIDL be the obvious choice dont want wayne and waynetta to walk to far , wouldn’t want to breach there human rights to being a lazy sponging waste of skin! now breathe……

    March 19th, 2012 at 14:47

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I have some idea what the police actually do, but what, in fact, are they supposed to do. What I mean is, where a police post pops up in a supermarket or vacant building (or even at a police station) what are the services that you would expect members of the public to come in especially to get?

    (1) I`ve just lost my “X” (if it`s high value nobody will hand it in, if it`s low value why bother reporting it.

    (2) I`ve just found an “X” (if it`s high value nobody will hand it in, if it`s low value why bother reporting it.

    (3) Can you tell me the correct time please?

    (4) Can you give me directions to the station (foreigners).

    (5) Do people actually report crime in person these days?

    (6) Moan about dog muck.

    You can`t even buy a tax disc.

    March 19th, 2012 at 17:50

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