June 23rd, 2008

Dented Coppers’ Comeuppance

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Back in January I posted an entry called ‘Dented Coppers‘ about a group of officers who had joined a Facebook group "Yes, I have had a Polcol" & went on to boast about being involved in collisions with members of the public’s vehicles.

The Met Professional Services Department have concluded their investigation into the matter & a number of officers have been disciplined as a result of posting either comments or photographs, or both.

A report in the Times today says that 14 officers have received a written warning, 4 have had verbal warnings & 5 had ‘unofficial words in their ear’. 

Roger from Worthing disagrees, he says "Dismissed in disgrace and banned for driving for life should be their fate but they’re policeman, this is a fledgling police state, and they can do what they like. There is nothing funny, Richard James, about gung-ho kids having accidents because they can’t drive at speed."

Victor from Westcliffe has a cracking idea, "Perhaps the time has come to examine the mentality of the entire police force. Drivers should have personal car insurance and made to pay for damage they cause. Is there much difference between the police drivers, and those car cowboys who steal for joy rides."

While Tim from Upwell says "Interesting that they were disciplined for publishing the information, rather than for their dangerous driving. Says it all, really. It’s not "one rule for us, another for them": it’s thousands of zealously-enforced rules for us, and *no* rules for them."

I’d say, on balance that the result has been proportionate, but then I would, wouldn’t I? On the stupid scale some of the comments were pretty silly & posting on Facebook under your own name wasn’t the best idea they’ve ever had.

I look forward to the new Facebook group – "Yes, I’ve had a discipline entry on my record".

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  1. tim says:

    No comments about the risks to their personal driving licences then? I agree – stupid to publish externaly in the 1st place

    June 23rd, 2008 at 22:34

  2. officer dibble says:

    I suppose the Facebook group ‘What the f**k was I thinking of by..’ would be good,but everyone out there(no matter what occupation) has always thought that for whatever reason..it could be inundated!

    June 23rd, 2008 at 23:08

  3. Blueknight says:

    I don’t think that there is any evidence that these accidents were caused deliberately. Some will have been caused by the Police driver making a mistake or misjudging something and some will have been caused by other drivers or other factors.
    The Police have always used black humour to bond with each other and relieve the stress of the job. We have all been there. This facebooking is probably a natural extension of that humour, but of course the public do not see it like that.
    I have always thought that some sections of the public are jealous of the Police driving fast cars and firing guns and reading the complaints has not changed my mind

    June 24th, 2008 at 00:54

  4. Grumpy Old Biker says:

    I doubt if many of the police using cars have had anything other than a brief introduction to advanced driving techniques. Their skills probably fall short of even IAM standards.

    The lack of anticipation skills (when posting on Facebook) is even more alarming.

    June 24th, 2008 at 10:54

  5. Dave says:

    The Government Department I work for, a law enforcement department, will not even tolerate people going on Facebook and annoncing what they do. Personally I do not see Police ‘black humour’ justifying this type of bragging. I hear a lot about the ‘pressures’ of the job but people who work in banking, compliance, insurance, skilled blue collar, semi and unskilled and retail have their own ‘pressures’ to deal with, i.e. ordinary people whose jobs aren’t acknowledged like the Police are but still have enormous pressures to handle.

    June 26th, 2008 at 18:08

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