Archive for the The Job – General category

January 8th, 2013

Gangnam Policeman (Falmouth Style)

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This vid is doing the rounds at the moment. I thought you guys might like a look…

You can read the story of the video on the Devon & Cornwall Police website.

If you feel like donating you can do so at Josh Wilkinson’s website.

December 24th, 2012

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

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Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung on the doorknobs with care,
But something was missing, my dad wasn’t there.

Out in the night parked under a star,
My Dad was there watching in his traffic car.
Now out in the snow, where nothing had stirred,
the radio crackled, the big engine purred.

Dad adjusted his cap and straightened his tie,
Got out of his vehicle and looked round the sky.
He turned up his collar and looked all around,
And listened so hard for that wonderful sound.

And sure enough soon through the cold winter night,
My Dad on patrol saw the wonderful sight.
There up in the distance so vivid and clear,
A light getting brighter it soon would be near.

He called on the radio “Tango-one-oh,
“I think I have contact out there in the snow.
“I’ve got him on mapping, it’s him there’s no doubt,
“I’m off the to R.V. point, Tango-ten, out!”

Dad jumped in the police car & looked to the sky,
Just getting closer but ever so high,
Bathed in the glow of a deep yellow light,
He finally saw the wonderful sight.

First Dasher then Dancer then Prancer and Vixen,
And Comet and Cupid then Donner and Blitzen.
Then out in the front of the beautiful sleigh,
Was Rudolph the Reindeer leading the way.

Santa looked down at the police car below,
Grateful once more for a guide through the snow.
“This is Santa, come in Tango-ten,
“It really is good to see you again.”

“Roger that, Santa, your message is clear,
“This really is the best assignment all year.”
The police car revved hard as Santa flew by,
Then magically lifted up into the sky.

Over the County they flashed blue & red,
Santa behind and my Daddy ahead.
Landing on rooftops and climbing inside,
Then off to the next, my Daddy the Guide.

They finally finished their job in the sky,
Daddy saluted as Santa flew by.
“Same time again, Santa, next year once again?”
“You bet, and my thanks go to you Tango-ten.

Into the distance Dad saw Santa fly,
He took off his cap and loosened his tie.
And feeling quite pleased with himself, as he should,
He knew he did well, he did fine, he did good.

When I open my presents although I am sad,
I know Santa leaves me a kiss from my Dad.
And although I miss him I know in my soul
Though Dad’s up in heaven, he’s still on patrol.

 

Dedicated to the nine officers who lost their lives on duty in 2012:

  • Detective Constable Adele Cashman – Metropolitan Police
  • Special Constable Scott Bennett – Lincolnshire Police
  • Police Constable Nichola Hughes – Greater Manchester Police
  • Police Constable Fiona Bone – Greater Manchester Police
  • Police Constable Ian Dibell – Essex Police
  • Inspector Preston Gurr – Metropolitan Police
  • Police Constable David Rathband – Northumbria Police
  • Detective Constable Karen Paterson – Cambridgeshire Constabulary
  • Detective Constable Andrew Stokes – Greater Manchester Police

 

December 4th, 2012

Dear Mr Cameron

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I thought I’d share this which is doing the rounds of Facebook….

Dear Mr Cameron,

Yesterday I was called out to an incident where an 80 year old man had fallen out of his bath seat and landed in the bath upside down. He was trapped and screaming for help with his legs trapped in the bath seat.

His neighbours heard him screaming and called 999. The doors and windows were locked and he was screaming in agony. I arrived, broke the door down and went into the bathroom to find a very scared elderly male laying naked, freezing cold trapped in his bath by a disability aid that was supposed to help him. He took one look at me and began to cry with relief.

We are so short of officers and resources on every shift that we are stretched to breaking point and already we are forced into saying no to some jobs that used to be graded prompt… such as this. At some point very soon we will be dealing with CRIME ONLY because 1) we are being told to keep the figures up and 2) we haven’t got the resources to deal with anything more.

There are serious arguments going on over the radio between control room staff and officers on the ground regularly because they have statistics to meet, and we aren’t dealing with incidents we attend quickly enough. We are all stressed and biting at each other, when we used to work as a team. Stress = mistakes and mistakes in this job costs lives.

What’s going to happen to the old man in future? Whilst dealing with this man, wrapping him in a dressing gown, my radio goes off again. A 16 year old girl – suicide attempt- stood on a bridge on the M25.

No other units available. None! I’m not trained to talk down a suicidal teen! But there is no one. All tucked up far away on other jobs. It’s a good job I don’t need immediate assistance with a male trying to break the bedroom door down and knife his wife, like the previous evening, when I was once again single crewed.

What do you want me to do? Stay with the man who’s still shaking in shock? Go to the girl who’s just about to jump onto a busy motorway or do we not attend these jobs and just deal with crime? Like the man trying to kill his wife …… On my own with no back up!

I’ve just got home and I’m sitting here wondering if I can handle this anymore; is it worth me getting hurt? I have 2 young disabled children. What would happen to them? I’m a single mum, with childcare fees and with the cost of living so high I’d be better off on benefits.

Being a police officer is firstly about saving life and limb and not statistics, not saving money and certainly not votes. We are stretched to the point that it is now dangerous. Your cuts are putting my life at risk and that of the public. You have just destroyed my pension and frozen my wages.

All these things are going through my mind all the time, morale at work is at rock bottom. All police officers are feeling like this at the moment but we are all holding on in hope you will realise what a mistake you have made.

Surely you will see sense before it’s too late? This isn’t just whinging because we don’t like cuts…. this is a genuinely dangerous situation. Would you like me to wear a body camera for a week? Will you watch what’s really happening on the frontline and what police officers face on a daily basis?

Mr Cameron, you tell me why I should stay in my job?

November 29th, 2012

Another one down

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How much of this job is about attending domestics? For those who don’t know, a significant proportion of all jobs we attend are domestic disputes, most of these are between current or ex-partners.

Three Baldwin County (Alabama) Deputy Sheriffs attended an address last Friday. They approached 53-year-old Michael Jansen on his porch outside his house, to ascertain why the ‘family disturbance’ call had been made. As they did so, Jansen pulled out a gun and shot two of the officers, fatally wounding Deputy Scott Ward an critically injuring one of his colleagues.

The officers returned fire and killed Jansen. All officers were wearing bullet-proof vests.

The slain officer had 15 years’ service and was a US Coastguard Reserve having recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan.

Rest in Peace, brother.

November 14th, 2012

It must be the week for it

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So soon after my last entry, we have another arsehole who got found out after posting a video of his exploits on YouTube.

Allan Staunton, aged 23, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire has just been jailed for animal cruelty after he posted a video online of him putting his ex-girlfriend’s cat in a tumble drier and turning it on three times. The cat survived the ordeal though it was injured. He later told RSPCA inspectors  that he thought the incident was funny, after YouTube visitors reported the video to them.

Staunton received 56 days at Her Majesty’s pleasure and was banned from keeping animals for life.

November 13th, 2012

Bang(ed) to Rights

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You gotta love it when people provide their own evidence against themselves.
The latest inductees no the UK’s Dumbest Criminals are one Karl O’Kill (really?) and Liam Bolton, of South Wales who have just even convicted of burglary.
O’Kill was arrested for a burglary by the Old Bill in Wales. On his possession was found a mobile phone. On his mobile phone were pictures of the hapless waste of spaces ping with a shotgun stolen in a separate burglary one time earlier.
The pair received four years’ jail at Swansea Crown Court this week.

October 29th, 2012

Not just in the UK

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Thanks to  regular reader, Boy-on-a-Bike, for this one.

I see it’s just not the UK that has to put up with arseholes on public transport.

October 24th, 2012

Blimey!

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Is it really over 3 weeks since I last posted on this blog?

No, I’m not gone. The reports of tumbleweed rolling across this blog are greatly exaggerated. I just thought that after 5 years of posting every single day, I deserved a break.

I must say, it was quite liberating. There were times when maintaining a daily blog was a chore rather than a pleasure. I’ve had between 15 and 30 minutes a day for three weeks extra to myself. And the late night panic before going to bed trying to come up with something to blog about  is now a welcome memory.

So much has happened in the last three weeks. I was pleased to see the funerals of the two GMP police officers receive national attention. I watched both events live on the BBC News channel. Subject to the family’s wishes, of course, I think every funeral of an officer killed on duty should receive such attention. It does seem to be one thing that America do right.

Then there was ‘Pleb Gate’ with that government arsehole who opened his mouth in anger and really revealed what people in his position actually think of the police, and probably a whole range of other working minions. Is it any wonder they have no compunction in shafting us? And we had that sorry playing out of the well rehearsed government-scripted farce where the Prime Minister offers undying love and support for those who have transgressed, realises his mistake, does a good job, needs to get on and run the country, yadda, yadda, yadda, followed by the inevitable ‘resignation’ a few weeks later.

And Jimmy Saville, who’d have thunk it?

Anyway, I’ve managed to go part time so I should have a lot more time for myself, and my family, as I work my way through my fifties and off into old age. As I tell my colleagues at work on a regular basis, keep working and paying those pension contributions, I’ve got a lifestyle to maintain.

I’ll probably post again before three weeks are up this time.

September 20th, 2012

What a Pillock

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Twenty-six year old Lukasz Wisniewski  of Leeds has just been banned for 12 months and ordered to do 200 hours community service after pulling a wheelie on his motorbike as he drove past a mobile speed camera can in Selby, North Yorkshre, at 103mph, whilst overtaking other vehicles.

I bet he thinks what a great idea that was back in June. He was either incredibly unlucky to be pulling a wheelie at high speed at exactly the moment he passed a speed camera van, or just thick; it’s not as if speed cameras are highly disguised. Still, I expect he’s got plenty of time to consider his motorcycling prowess, as he sits on public buses for a the next year.

September 18th, 2012

Rest in Peace

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PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes

Greater Manchester Police

Murdered 18th September 2012

You can leave a message of condolence at the GMP website.

September 13th, 2012

Another one

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For those interested, another page about police officers’ rights (or lack of them) on Faceache:

September 11th, 2012

Whilst on the subject

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of pensions, as we are this week, I found this doing the rounds of Facebook. Copied with permission of the writer who suggests sending something similar to your own MP.

Ed Balls MP,

I am writing to you in relation to the Home Secretary Theresa May’s changes that will be made to the Police Pension Scheme 1987. (PPS). The changes are due to be made in 2015.

When I joined this scheme in 2004 I was told that it could not be changed by the Government and I received a booklet which I still have that did not state that the pension could be changed. I signed up to the scheme because of these reasons and due to the fact that I knew I would be able to retire at 55 years old, receive a lump sum and a pension when paying 11% of my salary. I have received yearly statements outlying what I will receive when I retire in 2033. Nowhere on this statement did it say it was subject to change by the Government.

It was confirmed to me that it could not be changed when in 2006 when the Government of the day brought in the New Police Pension Scheme (NPPS) Where members pay 9.5% in and have to work for 35 years. There was an option to stay in the 1987 PPS scheme or change to the NPPS scheme. I chose to remain with the PPS scheme.
This year in 2012 due to the Governments financial hardships caused by poor ongoing Government management of the United Kingdom’s finances my pension payments were increased to 12.25% and this is to rise even further in the coming years, I understood this as people are living longer and I agreed I should pay slightly more to finance this.

The pension I signed up for has been changed which is not recogniseable from what I signed up for and the main points of this are listed as below:

• The pension I signed up for is the exact same as what every Police officer signed up for before 2006. The changes state that I will not get the pension I expected but those over 38 years old and with less than 10 years to do will get the full pension. I am being discriminated against because of my age / level of service and believe I could have a case under The Equality Act 2010,

• I believe I also have a case under S2 of the Police pensions Regulations which states I have the right to a stable pension.

• If my pension could be changed at any time why was I never informed of this and why wasn’t it changed in 2006? I could have easily made the decision then to opt out or stay in the pension scheme knowing what I would receive and knowing that there could be future changes by the Government.

• The pension I signed up for was Mis-sold to me as I was not made aware of the full facts. I was given an illustration presentation of what I would receive when I retire, they never stated that that was subject to drastic changes

• The last pension statement I received from October 2011 stated the benefits payable if I retired on the 29th of November 2033 – £15,516.91 per year with 106,032.10 lump sum (commutation). Without commutation it would be over £20,000 a year. Pensionable service would be 29 years, 163 days. I have put my figures in to the home office calculator and my projected pension on the same figures is £8,200 per year and this is with no lump sum. I pay more and get drastically less than I was told I would receive. I find it hard to believe that the Government can do this when an MP serving 15 years paying 11.9% is entitled to £22,500 a year. An MP’S pension will not be slashed in half with the lump sum removed.

The Home Secretary Theresa May has unnecessarily attacked my pension. It will in no way assist the United Kingdom’s finances with the current deficit as Police Officers retiring in the next 10 years will still get their full pensions. If anything it will damage the economy further as people will opt out of being in the pension all together so retired Officers pensions will have to be paid for by the state alone.

Over the 8 years I have worked in the Police I have seen things that no normal member of the public should ever have to see, been assaulted, injured, I have no rights like the right to strike, I am restricted as to where I can live, I can’t refuse to work if I am told that I am working over then I am. I can’t ignore an incident and just walk away when off duty, I can be brethalysed at any time at work with limits way below the drink drive limit and can be subjected to drug testing. I put my life, physical and mental wellbeing at risk every day to be treated with utter contempt by the Government and Teresa May

What I want is one of 2 things. For my pension to remain as it was and I will get what I am entitled to or all the money I paid into the scheme over the past 8 years returning to me with interest so I can invest my money elsewhere knowing the full facts.

I have also sent a copy of this letter to the Pensions Ombudsman.

I am writing to you as I feel the Government is causing a maladministration as promises have been broken in respect to the pension I signed up for, I was not made aware of the full facts at the time and they are trying to change Section 2 of the Police Pensions regulations so they can do as they wish.

September 10th, 2012

For anyone interested

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If anyone uses Facebook, you might be interested in another angle on police pensions, here.

September 7th, 2012

And I quote

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85% of the Police Federation of England and Wales members are Constables.

As your Constables Committee we have a clear duty to ensure our voice is heard. This means managing politics at the top and ensuring the clear leadership we are mandated to deliver is delivered affectively.

Our Members are angry about pensions and the apparent final nature of negotiations which in turn has magnified calls for the Federation to get on with the promised ballot on full industrial rights.

We hear you and we are listening – this is why we need to urgently engage more.

It has long been a point of contention that existing protocols mean we on the national Constables Committee do not have access to the contact details of the people we represent – a protocol dating back to 1919.

But this is not 1919. In 2012, the Office of Constable has been eroded, and is teetering on the cusp of total destruction, falling in status and respect still further.

The time for niceties and archaic protocols are over.

We need urgently to communicate directly with the 103,000 Constables of the Police Federation of England and Wales so we can make important and lasting decisions together and deliver those policies in the interests of efficiency, welfare and conditions.

It is as important now to work with our regional Branch Boards as it has ever been – but there is growing criticism and concern among our Membership about the inability to communicate directly with Constables. This is plainly ridiculous and cannot continue.

This is why we are asking you to register at www.policeconstables.org , in doing so we are able to capture your details, enabling us to contact you directly as well as giving you a free forum to share views.

Many major decisions will need to be made over the coming days, weeks and months – We want to involve every Police Constable in England and Wales in this.

This is a call to arms, circulate this and discuss it with your colleagues.

From the Chairman’s Office of the Constables of England and Wales.

Julie Nesbit, Chairman
Will Riches, Vice Chairman

September 5th, 2012

You could do worse…

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…than sign a petition of no confidence in the Police Federation.

One of the constants among police officers is how the Federation are a bunch of toothless tigers who appear to stand up to the government with a vigour inversely proportionate to that needed to attend the annual conference and get all the relevent expenses.

Fortunately, there is a new petition over at the Petition Online website.

It won’t do any good what so ever, and nobody will take any notice, bu it might keep you off Facebook for 2 minutes.

September 4th, 2012

So here it is

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So the decision on police pension reform is out today.

From April 2015, the pension contributions rise from 11% for old pension members and 9% for the newer scheme which came in around 2006, to 13.7%, a rise of between nearly 3 and 5%.

The final pension will be based on  ‘career average’ rather than a ‘final salary’ earnings.

The normal pension age will be 60 but officers aged 55 will no be able to draw their full pension amount until they reach that age. The two reports I read today don’t make it clear how long an officer must serve to get the full pension. It used to be 30 years but rose to 35 in 2006.

I’m glad I retired when I did.

August 31st, 2012

Opps

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We’ve not had a data breach story for a while, so here’s one from this week.

Hertfordshire Police’s website appears to have been hacked and details from a  database connected to the website have been published.

Hackers alleged to be supportive of Julian Assange have posted the names and email addresses of police officers and civilian staff. The list also appears to show the officers’ log-in details, presumably to police computer systems.

Hertfordshire have taken part of their website off line while they investigate the matter.

August 28th, 2012

Meeow

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When I worked in a rural part of the county, we used to get reports of big cats quite frequently. A puma was reputed to wander the area over one particular summer. Investigations used to revolve around a phone call to the nearest zoo or animal sanctuary to see if any had escaped, followed by a quick drive round the nearest village. There were lots of reports but never a puma was found.

Essex Police seem to have called off their search for a lion.

 

August 27th, 2012

Always a sucker for these

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On the 13th August this year Constable Brain Bachman, a 20-year-veteran of the Brazos County Constable’s Office, was sot and killed whilst serving an eviction notice.

The murderer continued to fire his weapon from his home killing a civilian and wounding another. Three other officers who responded to the initial call were injured before the murderer was shot and killed.

The following video was shot depicting Constable Bachman’s funeral procession.

You can see Constable Bachman’s entry in the Officer Down Memorial Page.

August 24th, 2012

I laughed until I stopped

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Believe it or not, there are times of levity in the control room.

One of my colleagues is trawling through the open lots to see what’s going on around the force.

She finds one and starts laughing. That’s usually a cue for everyone near by to glance over to try and see the log that’s being looked at.

A woman has called in all of a panic saying she thinks the police ought to know. She’s received a text from her husband. It says that one of the lads at work has just received a call from someone saying that a bomb has been planted in the local Asda, in the Alphabetti Spaghetti display, and if it goes off it could spell disaster.