August 20th, 2012

In their own words

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I missed the first in the series on BBC, but the second episode of “The Riots: In Their Own Words: The Police” was on TV tonight.

Thankfully, I was on holiday during the 2011 riots, it was the last holiday I’ll get until August 2013 due to my department’s inability to organise a piss up in a brewery, but that’s by-the-by.

It was fascinating TV telling individual stories in the context of the worst outbreak of public order the UK has seen for many a long year. Apparently, last week’s episode was in the words of the Rioters.

If you didn’t catch this programme you can catch it again on iPlayer for the next week

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4 comments

  1. Hugh Janus says:

    Most telling comment was from a senior officer, can’t remember who as they all talk the same shite, when talking of baton guns he agreed with the decision not to deploy them as ‘ what would it look like in the media if we deployed what looked like firearms, what would the public think and it might cause the rioters to arm themselves’.
    Well, sod the press, the public that matter would be really supportive and if i’m not wrong the rioters did deploy firearms and actually shot at a police helicopter in the midlands.
    He did not once mention the need to protect officers. These are the people that ‘lead’ us, pathetic. My kids were watching this and asked, don’t the police have guns?
    ‘Yes some do’
    ‘So why weren’t they there protecting the officers , someone could have been killed’
    From the mouth of babes……

    August 21st, 2012 at 07:55

  2. John P Reid says:

    Hugh Janus(ho ho)I couldn’t believe that comment either, As It followed a story of someone nearly having their hand chopped off by a machete,and the Public order trained p.C and Response officers hadn’t even been given riot shields,

    August 21st, 2012 at 12:02

  3. Gary says:

    Personally it showed clearly that as asking for additional officers had a monetary implication the senior ranks were more concerned about the finances than the lives of officers, MOP or property.
    Lions led by donkeys.

    August 21st, 2012 at 12:59

  4. Whinger says:

    Ah yes, the riots!

    Where lots of Officers, already knowing they were in for the mother of all shaftings gave up holidays and bent over backwards to bail this Govt. and country out! (and make themselves a small fortune)

    I wonder, with the further absolute shafting the Police have taken since then, would the same officers do it all again! Would they still do it with the same zest and zeal (or leave their phones turned off!) I believe they would, so they are their own worst enemies.

    August 21st, 2012 at 16:16

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