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August 6th, 2008

It’s PC gone mad, again

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The Social Engineering & Political Correctness Department of Humberside Police are using the taxpayers’ money to great effect in Humberside with the latest hair-brained scheme to train its officers. (actually, there isn’t such a department in Humberside, or any other force, as far as I’m aware, but you’d be forgiven for thinking there is).

One of the Constabulary’s finest has recently undergone a sex-change. Chief Superintenden Kevin Sharp has written to every member of staff in the area advising of ‘Lauren’s’ new status saying “As from today, Lauren starts her new life and over the next few weeks you will receive awareness training during which you will be able to read a personal letter from Lauren”. The letter went on to say “I trust you will have the same determination as I have to help Lauren return to work with as little fear and trepidation as possible.” The Supt called on his staff to treat Lauren “as we would expect a close family member to be treated”.

All 334 police officers & 166 civilian staff are to attend a half-day training session, during which time, presumably, they will not be available for any policing duties in the community.

Police forces – and all other public bodies – are required by law to provide their staff with training to prevent discrimination. Hence the reams of utterly useless ‘diversity’ training we’ve had to endure on a regular basis for the last few years. I have no doubt that this most recent example has absolutely nothing to do with creating cohesion & understanding within the ranks, but everything to do with being able to say they’re not responsible should Lauren sue the force the moment someone makes an inapropriate comment.

I can’t help thinking that the residents of Humberside might imagine a better use of their taxes & police officers’ time than sitting in a hotel conference facility for half a day learning about how transexuals feel. I can’t help wondering whether the information the Supt wanted to pass to his staff could have been equally well transmitted by an email, or indeed a couple of extra paragraphs to the letter he sent advising of the training.