May 27th, 2008

A Tale of a Tail wagging a Dog

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

A prison officer dog handler has been transferred from Belmarsh Prison.  HMP Officer Chris Langridge & his drugs dog ‘Ali’ have been moved from the high security prison to Swaleside Prison on the Isle of Sheppey.

The reason for his move? He’s not requested a transfer, hasn’t been punished for breaking the rules or because of a shortage of sniffer dogs at Swaleside. He’s been moved because a Muslim prisoner made an official complaint that the prison dog was called ‘Allah’ which was offensive to his religion. (You did note in the second sentence the dog’s real name?)

A prison service source said, "There is no suggestion that he did call the dog Allah but, on balance, it was thought better to transfer him". Balance? What balance would that be then? The prison service claimed the move was for "training purposes".

What about an alternative way do deal with this complaint?

My suggestion of an appropriate response would be "Shut the fuck up & get back to your cell".

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5 comments

  1. A Tale of a Tail wagging a Dog says:

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    May 27th, 2008 at 23:24

  2. Officer Dibble says:

    I think in the older, less ‘Customer service focused’days that would have been the average response by your hardened HMP officer to anything these low life decided to whinge about

    May 27th, 2008 at 23:55

  3. some bloke says:

    I was under the impression that HMP was the very last bastion of Un-PC-correctness, clearly I am mistaken.
    Mind you, isn’t Belmarsh a privatised prison and does that make a difference ?

    May 28th, 2008 at 00:46

  4. reallifedilbert says:

    maybe the prisoner should have been offered a transfer, maybe to broadmoor…if it bothered them that much they would have been more than happy to accept!

    May 28th, 2008 at 11:41

  5. Tony F says:

    Perhaps the prisoner would prefer a transfer to Saudia? Removal of body parts does focus the mind so….

    May 29th, 2008 at 21:25

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