August 7th, 2012

Get a life

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Back in the eighties, on the miners’ strike, we were thrown together with police forces from all over the country as we policed the mines around Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

One of the memories of those times is dealing with the thousands of “I’ve met the Met” stickers which appeared at every conceivable place. The Met officers loved plastering them over everything they could be that shop windows, mine signs, other police forces’ vehicles and equipment. Every other force utilised their efforts in defacing or removing as many as they could. It was regarded as a bit of banter.

I’ve not seen the stickers for a while but was interested to see that they appear to be going strong still, in fact they make the news today, after a Met PC has been ‘disciplined’ for sticking one of them on a Welsh police vehicle somewhere around London, while the North Wales officers were working in London.

It appears one of our Welsh colleagues complained about the sticker and two officers were investigated and one received “management action” and was referred to the Met’s Rubber Heel Department.

I don’t know whether I’m more surprised that at least one officer on a reasonable to large salary is paid to deal with complaints about putting stickers on another force’s vehicle, or that someone using that vehicle thought it was such a serious matter as to warrant an official complaint.

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8 comments

  1. Lucy says:

    How sad over a bit of fun

    August 7th, 2012 at 23:45

  2. Brother Random says:

    It’s a sad indictement that I, a civilian who only reads a couple of police blogs, knew exactly where this was going about half way through the second paragraph.

    Managers have so little power, but the same personality that got them into a management role, nowadays that they have to exercise it wherever they can or their peers will see them as weak.

    You don’t have to subcontract departments out to give an organisation that “Private Sector” feel, UK policing has shown all government ministers that a change at the top can make everything look like a company (albeit one controlled by a pack of squabbling 6 year olds).

    I guess this is what the fall of Rome looked like to the ordinary Roman citizens. I wonder what form the barbarians will take this time? Will it be hoodie scumbags rising from inside the country or a UN Peacekeeping force from China?

    August 8th, 2012 at 06:57

  3. TZ says:

    Yet another shining example showing that TJF – well and truly!

    August 8th, 2012 at 11:14

  4. matt says:

    omfg if the complaining officers cant take a bit of banter in the form of a sticker then they should not be in the police.

    its this sort of thing that helps with morale when everything is going tits up

    whats next being charged with a hate crime for calling them welsh

    August 8th, 2012 at 12:08

  5. Tony Durham says:

    Pathetic !

    August 8th, 2012 at 16:17

  6. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Not long after taking up my civvy job I accidentally used a ‘restricted’ parking space in the HQ car park. When I returned to my vehicle a friendly, A4 sized, warning notice pointing out the serious error of my ways had been pasted (and I really mean wallpaper pasted), on my drivers side window.

    Would it have really taken longer to look up my number plate and call the office, y’know, like a civilised and professional organisation?

    But no. Out came the Blue Peter staff corrections and punishment kit, on went the overalls and protective eye-wear, and some jobsworth got busy with a bucket of paste and a brush.

    Took quite a while to remove that polite notice, but it certainly taught me an important lesson: There are some right twats working at HQ.

    It`s the flip-side of the usual policing mentality (make do with what you`ve got, keep your head down, get on with it) which is reserved for managerial types who follow the ‘it must never happen again’ doctrine and will go to any lengths to make everyone follow the rules.

    Here`s a tip, rules are created to stop employees thinking for themselves. Guess what?, it works.

    August 8th, 2012 at 17:05

  7. h2631563 says:

    Years ago when i was in uniform, my skipper was “Over the side” with a local villian’s wife. The villain in question was doing 5 years at the time. My skipper used to spend entire night shifts, in bed with this woman whilst leaving his Panda parked outside. So my crew mate and i covered his Panda with the good old yellow ‘Police Aware’ sticker. In fact over 100 of them. Most satisfying.

    August 8th, 2012 at 18:13

  8. Plodnomore says:

    Civ in the city, it seems you may have been working at the same HQ as I was in the late 90′s, only the A4 paper was one of those pre-gummed things and it took ages, including separating the laminate on my warrant card, to remove it. The problem was that my parking permit had faded, slightly, but was still legible. Knowing who had placed the leaflet on my car, I produced an A3 sheet of paper, outlining why my car (no reg no included – I’m not that daft) was parked properly and stuck the notice on their office door with super glue! It took 3 internal e-mails, an announcement at briefing, and an hour and half by the caretaker, who had to re varnish the door, to remove the notice. Strangely enough, no more pre-gummed notices were placed on cars. Funny that.

    August 8th, 2012 at 19:43

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