Archive for the The Job – General category

August 23rd, 2012

Send him down

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This one has been on the BBC News channel most of the day.

Car dealer Ben Westwood, 33, has the single distinction of being the driver prosecuted for the highest speed on a UK road after trying to escape from a raid in a stolen Audi RS5. The vehicle had previously been modified with a Lamborghini engine and was capable of speeds up to 200mph.

Westwood reached speeds of 180mph on the M6 in January.

Thankfully, Westwood has just been sent down for 9 years. Though we know he won;t serve anywhere near that.

August 21st, 2012

Apparently, we’re millionaires

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So today sees the announcement that police have seized one million vehicles from people with no insurance or driving licence, since powers were given so to do.

For the last seven years we’ve been taking uninsured vehicles off the road mainly because the driver isn’t insured or hasn’t got a driving licence. Most get returned on production of suitable documents, while the rest get crushed or sold.

The use of ANPR cameras in police vehicles has massively increased the chance of getting caught, but current estimates are that there are still 1.2 million uninsured vehicles out there.

With so many uninsured vehicles being taken off the road, one might think that there would be more insured vehicles and our policies might start to come down in price. I’m not sure about you but I can’t see any evidence of that in my family’s insurance bills. Maybe those who get caught driving without insurance just go and get another car not to insure. Sadly, the penalties for having no insurance often don’t even amount to the cost of an insurance policy, so it makes it a worthwhile risk to drive uninsured.

Still, 1 million vehicles has got to be a good pain in the arse factor for certain groups of society.

August 20th, 2012

In their own words

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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

August 18th, 2012

RIP brothers over the pond

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Two sheriff’s deputies have been gunned down and two more injured during an incident in Louisiana, USA, on Thursday.

It followed an incident where an off duty deputy working security at a construction site was shot and killed by an offender who made off in a vehicle. This was later traced to a trailer park.

Officers arrived and arrested someone at the front of a property, meanwhile the suspect came out the back with an assault rifle and gunned down 3 officers killing two of them. Five people have since been arrested. Two people have been identified as shooting the officers who were from¬†St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Department.

Kyle Joekel was identified as one of the shooters. He had been on the local most wanted list for a year after evading arrest in August 2011.

The slain officers were named as Brandon Nielsen, 34, and Jeremy Triche, 27.

August 17th, 2012

Here we go again

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Whilst some police forces appear keen to distance themselves from selling off the family silver to G4S following their Olympics security debacle, it seems G4S continues ever onwards in is goal to take over the world.

Job adverts have appeared for up to 40 civilian investigators in the Warwickshire area. The adverts says that duties include gathering evidence, taking statements, house to house enquiries and undertaking ‚Äėsensitive high profile case enquiries, posts would be ‚Äúideally suited to experienced ex-police‚ÄĚ. Pretty much the role that already exists within the police service and is often handed out to ex coppers.

August 14th, 2012

Lucky people

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Police in Northamptonshire have sent warning letters to  people who were caught filming a likely to prove fatal road traffic accident on the M1.

Police were on the motorway dealing with an overturned articulated lorry while the seriously injured female driver remained trapped in the cab.¬† As is so often the case, the traffic on the other side of the motorway ground almost to a halt as motorists slowed down to ‘rubber-neck’. Police became aware that many drivers were filming or taking photos, whilst driving, and turned a camera onto the opposite carriageway to film people driving one or no-handed as they passed the accident scene.

Eighty drivers were sent a warning letter pointing out the law in relation to use of mobile phones at the wheel, and failing to have proper control of a vehicle. A ROSPA spokesman has said they were lucky not to receive a ticket or a summons.

It’s not surprising really given the society we have created for ourselves these days. What is amazing is that nobody had an accident on the other carriageway, given the amount we normally have when people crash into the rear of other vehicles that have slowed down for a gawp.


August 11th, 2012

Blade Runner

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Well, it’s one more day of Olympic fun then I guess the country will be back to slagging everyone off and smacking each other in the mouth.

Only the most jaded can fail to appreciate all the good that’s happened over the last 2 weeks. I don’t recall a quieter set of lates or nights as the shifts I’ve just done. It mad a pleasant change not to be stressed to the max in the control room as we seemed to have less jobs to deal with. One can only assume people have been too busy watching the Olympics to get on Facebook threatening to stab each other.

I never got to see any of the Olympics but my family did and they spoke very highly of the whole experience.

We’ve got tickets for the Paralympics, I’m really looking forward to seeing Oscar Pistorius in the stadium. Fortunately we managed to get tickets for a rest day, as getting any other leave before the end of October has been nigh on impossible.

It will be nice to get a taste of what everyone else has been doing this summer.

August 8th, 2012

That didn’t take long

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So the gold postbox, painted to celebrate the winners of gold medals in Team GB, for Jessica Ennis in Sheffield, has been vandalised.

The postbox has been quickly resprayed by the Post Office after someone “Go Jess” across it. I must admit, when I saw the headline on the BBC Sport website, I did expect it to have been vandalised to a different degree, maybe painted over, some racist comment or just general abuse. So it comes as a bit of a pleasant surprise that it was just some benign message, but even so, I guess if the Post Office wanted words of support scrawled across it, they’d have made a proper job of it.

It seems the people of Sheffield were upset or annoyed by it though. A local student said: “It’s on the main pub run round here and you’re going to get idiots doing this kind of thing when they’re tanked up. Too many drunk loons around of a night.”

So, a bit of over-exhuberant support or the work of a standard vandal?

August 2nd, 2012

A nice change

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A nice little story with a positive aspect on policing and the Olympics. Ok, it is written by an ex police officer but it’s good to see a story reflecting well on UK cops, for a change.

Needless to say, it wasn’t in the Daily Fail.

August 1st, 2012

And in other news…

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I’ve not seen the main news today so I’m not sure if this has featured.

Today marked the funeral of  Essex PC Ian Dibell, who was shot and killed after he intervened in a dispute whilst off duty.

When I did my daily Google news search for ‘Police’, this story came in around page 3 and the headline story was from an East Anglian local newspaper site.

The Daily Mirror reported that 150 mourners attended the funeral, together with a police honour guard.

Regular readers will be aware of the differences between how we treat fallen officers in the UK and how they do things in the USA. e.g here, here, here or here

It’s about time things changed.

PC Ian Dibell is recorded on the Police Memorial Trust website.

July 29th, 2012

Another bit of kit

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Grampian Police are to be the first force in the UK to offer body-worn camera technology to all front line officers. This follows a successful 18-month trial in Aberdeen, where cameras the size of mobile phones were used to capture incidents attended by the officers.

Officials say that in 90% of cases proceeded in the courts with body-worn video evidence have resulted in an early guilty plea.

As well as capturing evidence and the behaviour of suspects, something which usually gets watered down with the mere word of a police officer in court, theyc an also be used to protect officers from vexatious complaints.

I believe we trialed them. Let’s hope Grampian used a different system, ours either failed to work or were not available for those officers who actually wanted to wear them.

July 20th, 2012

Genius, but…

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isn’t the wheel more expensive than the fine?

July 13th, 2012

Big Brother isn’t watching

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I’ve always been a little bit of a gadget geek. ¬†One app I don’t think I’ll be downloading though, is one to be released this week by the City of London Police, who have¬†designed¬†an app to keep an eye on crowds gathering in London.

Ostensibly, the app is about seeing where crowds are in events such as the terrorist bombings on 7/7, which would help to plan for evacuations of areas affected. It can also be used to advise members of the public about areas to avoid.

People download the app which then sends anonymous information about the locations of all the app users. This is turned into data which shows as heat spots on a map. It works because the iPhone users agree to have their locations fed into a central server somewhere in App Land. The App stresses that all info is anonymous and that the identity of the participants remains anonymous, and the police aren’t tracking individuals.

This may well be true, but how many people will want to download and use the app, I wonder.

More details here.

July 11th, 2012

Due to recent budget cuts

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From the summer of 2012, his will be the new patrol vehicle.

July 10th, 2012

Rest in Peace

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PC Ian Dibell, 41

Essex Police

Who lost his life when he intervened, whilst off duty, in a violent dispute in his street  on 9th July 2012.

July 5th, 2012

And it came to pass

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I posted back in January how useful it might be to use the ‘Find my Phone’ App on the iPhone to maybe save someone’s life.

I’m not sure that Gloucestershire Police actually saved someone’s life, but they did use the App to locate a missing husband this week.

Reader, Ben, who I had a debate at the time of the original post, will be pleased to know that they used the App on his wife’s phone rather than breached any privacy in order to locate him, I’m pleased to say.

June 25th, 2012

A numbers game

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It’s funny how certain numbers hold significance.

When I logged in to the blog tonight, I noticed that the blog contains 1,960 entries. 1960 happens to be the year I was born, so it stuck out straight away.

The blog contains 10,910 comments, which happens to be an exact multiple of my old warrant number.

I still think of myself as my old warrant number, even though I’ve been out of the game for three years now. Just last week I had to sign for something at work. Automatically I added a scribble after which I appended my old warrant number instead of my civilian number.

Some old habits die really hard.

June 19th, 2012

Security Guard Brawl

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June 13th, 2012

All in a day’s work

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A female police officer has been praised after putting her own life at risk to rescue a woman who had fallen into a river while trying to save her dog.

The officer from Greater Manchester Police jumped into the River Irwell in Salford and clung on to the woman for ten minutes until  other emergency services arrived.

A spokesman for GMP said:¬†‚ÄúThe officer herself has been very modest about the whole incident, which is typically the attitude of police officers, but it is important to say that it is individuals like this who make not just us, but all of our communities feel proud.‚ÄĚ

Meanwhile, the officer has had her wages cut and pension raped and will be expected to put her life on the line should the occasion arise in the future.

June 11th, 2012

More scum

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The latest entry into the “200weeks Scum of the Week Hall of Fame” are two males in the Surrey area who prey on the most vulnerable of society, presumably because they haven’t got the bottle to try it on with anyone remotely capable of fighting back.

Their latest¬†victim¬†was a 99-year-old lady who answered the door to two men claiming to be police officers asking the victim about two men allegedly seen in the area. They entered the lady’s house and stole ¬£300 cash from her purse.

We get lots of cases like this, whether they pretend to be police officers or water board officials, the common factor is the scum-sucking pondlife’s desperation to get money as easily as possible with as little risk as possible.

It’s hard to think of words to describe such scum.