Derbyshire Police in Flood Action
I know I’ve mentioned poor quality web design in relation to Police Blogs in the past, it’s one of my little bugbears.
I was minded to check out the British Police Memorial pages to see if PC Jon Henry had been added (he has) and I was struck that the website – The Police Roll of Honour Trust – still looks like it was designed in the mid 90s. The actual Roll of Honour which lists officers who have either died or been killed on duty hasn’t changed style-wise for years and they still don’t have the facility for people to leave individual thoughts on a dedicated page for each officer (except for a woefully amateurish guestbook where all officers’ comments are mixed up). I can’t help but wonder if this is a fitting way to remember our fallen colleagues.
Compare it with the American – Officer Down Memorial Page – which still looks fresh, clear & sharp, is fully searchable and every officer has their own ‘Reflections Page’ where family friends, colleagues & others can leave memories or comments about the fallen officer.
I know the UK site is the work of a small number of individuals who probably maintain the site in their own time but come on, Police Roll of Honour Trust, let’s have a site that is properly fitting to the memories of our brothers & sisters!
I may have been in the control room for a matter of a few months but I’m already considering an application for a move.
I’ve already seen the job I want which will do me nicely to see out the rest of my service.
I’ve always fancied being one of those chopper coppers, flying around all day chasing bad guys, getting loads of credit and no paperwork. Plus you get to be on TV all the time. Sadly, such positions are dead-man’s shoes and I’ve got more chance of getting hit on the back of the head by a zeppelin than getting selcted for the Air Support Unit. Instead, I want to be the force’s new Remote Control Helicopter Pilot.
Flying a remote control helicopter and spying on everyone seems almost as much fun. I could never afford a remote control aircraft of my own so this sounds like an ideal compromise. I think getting in early doors on the unit has to be a good thing, just right for a hand in developing the unit, I could even get to write some policies.
Spare a moment or two to to think about the wife and daughter of PC Jon Henry, murdered on duty yesterday 11th June in Luton, Bedfordshire.
Jon joins the list of British officers killed in the line of duty.
Before it was known that Jon had died an early news release on the BBC website quoted a ‘police spokesman’ as saying that it wasn’t known whether the officer was wearing a stab-proof vest at the time but that ‘all officers are issued with stab-proof vests, but it is their choice whether to wear it’.
I suspect I am not the only one who was absolutely appalled at that comment; before it was publicly announced that he had died, Bedfordshire Police appeared to be absolving itself of any responsibility. If that’s not an example of crass insensitivity, I don’t know what is.
It seems the police aren’t the only ones these days with targets which do more harm than good. How else to explain the actions of council wardens in west Sussex.
57-year-old grandmother, Barbara Jubb was pushing her granddaughter in a pram when the 20-month-old, Emily, dropped her bag of Quavers.
Dutifulyy, Mrs Jubb picked up the bag but 2 quavers fell out onto the path. As it was raining the Quavers started to disintegrate & that’s when Mrs Jubb made her fatal error; instead of disposing of the 2 errant Quavers in a responsile manner, she kicked them into the gutter there to dissolve into small-snack heaven.
Fortunately for the local council bean-counters, two eagle-eyed councl wardens were on hand to issue an £80 fine for litter. Another triumph for truth & justice.
The grandmother was last seen leaving the town centre trying her best to avoid picking up further fines for ‘walking on the cracks in the pavement’ & ‘looking at people in a funny way’.
In yet another triumph for detection rates police in Bangor, North Wales, managed to detect a serious crime of criminal damage & anti-social behaviour after two 16 year old girls were issued with £80 fixed penalty tickets for drawing hearts & rainbows on the pavement… in chalk.
Quite right too! If we don’t stamp on yobs & louts who are often seasoned criminals by the time they are six, where will it all end? One minute they’re drawing pretty little fairies in quiet residential streets the next they are wearing balaclavas and shoving sawn-off shotguns up Asian postmasters’ noses.
Chief Constable Paul Stats-Slave said "That may be two entire families alienated from authority & distrustful of the police for the rest of their lives but it is two sanctioned detections for us and that is what really matters. Can I have my QPM now please?"
Federation spokesman Alan Useless said "Sadly, all evidence of the crime disappeared when it rained so let’s hope they paid the fine without fuss."
Chris from Holmfirth ( a real person, presumably) commented on the BBC website "I thought the writing was on the wall for this country. I was wrong, it’s on the pavement." Classic.