Archive for September, 2009

September 10th, 2009

Normal service to be resumed

Posted in Videos by 200

Still building or demolishing walls so another quick vid for you…

September 9th, 2009

The new drug

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Isn’t it amazing how much we have come to rely on the Internet.

We’re having some building work done at the moment, part of the luxuries of a police commutation. Consequently, early this morning the sockets where our Internet connection had to be moved elsewhere which meant switching off the electricty for the best part of the day & then not having the cable socket replaced until tomorrow.

It’s caused chaos at Weeks Towers. Mrs Weeks can’t arrange her coffee mornings or whatever else it is she does all day while I’m at work. The kids can’t get on Facebook or check the last train times for 2 in the morning or whenever it is one of them rolls through the door. And I can’t get on & do serious research, or look at any porn.

It wouldn’t be so bad if a certain teenager didn’t wander all over the house asking if the Internet is back every ten minutes. After tea this evening we all so bored that we actually had to talk to each other. Possibly the first time since Mrs Weeks said “How about it?” many years ago.

I have a secret weapon. I’ve managed, more by luck than judgement, to rig my laptop up to my mobile phone, so whilst tasteful photographs of pleasant ladies takes too long even for my stamina, I can get on & knock up a quick, non-police related blog.

I wonder if anyone will notice if I ask to the builder to take a day or two longer with that socket.

September 8th, 2009

What happened to the Coppers Blog

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Just a quicky today, I’m very busy enjoying life somewhere….

So why has the original police blog gone over to invited readers only?

September 7th, 2009

Make mine a Ferrari

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I suppose the squeeze on finds for policing is wider-ranging than just the UK. For instance, Italy is having to make cuts because finances are tight.

They will no longer be allowed to drive luxury cars seized from Mafia gangsters because the running costs & spare parts are too expensive.

A scheme last year saw police being allowed to use Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis & Porsches seized from criminals. I knew that the Rome Traffic Police had a Lamborghini Gallardo which was donated by the manufacturer & marked out in blue & white with blue lights, but I wasn’t aware that they were driving converted gangster cars too. In fact, they are on their second one having replaced the one they’ve been using since 2004, in 2008. That’s £140,000 worth of 200mph supercar. And I used to get excited about taking a Sierra Cosworth out.

Sadly, not any more. The Justice Department said: “In order to keep costs to a minimum all police vehicles will now have to be limited to 2.5 litre engines, all luxury cars above that size that have been seized will no longer be used and will instead be kept in judicial custody.”

Imagine just getting onto the department with a Lamborghini, waiting your turn, only to find out it’s gone back to the Justice Department, gutting or what.

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September 6th, 2009

And so it goes

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It’s another of those sadly regular & depressing cases you know most folk would hope shouldn’t happen but continues on an all-too-frequent basis.

Stephen & Iris Hadler were attacked in their beds & killed one July night in 1989. They were 72 & 74 respectively. Mrs Hadler was sexually assaulted & stabbed 11 times. Mr Hadler, who tried to defend his wife though he was partially paralysed through a previous stroke, was stabbed 23 times.

In 1991, Denis Roberts was convicted of the crime & sentenced to life. He has never admitted the crime & has spent his time in jail trying to get early release. His attempts to appeal have been repeatedly denied.

Roberts has a port wine birthmark on his face. Last week he won a case in the High Court against the Ministry of Justice who have prevented him from having treatment to remove the birthmark – cosmetic surgery. His barrister, Adam Straw (coincidentally related to the Justice Minister Jack Straw) argued that his human rights had been breached, He said Roberts had been bullied as a child because of the mark & he suffered humiliation when other prisoners stared at it. He had previously been receiving treatment on the mark but in 2007 governors at Frankland Prison stopped providing an escort to & from jail to the hospital where his treatment had begun.

The costs of the case have been born by the Ministry of Justice i.e. me & all the other taxpayers and his treatment, should it go ahead, will be paid out of the public purse. He is not the first to have cosmetic surgery care of the workers of this country; Tracie Andrews who murdered her boyfriend Lee Harvey in 1996 was given £5,000 of cosmetic surgery & Gurmit Bassi, who stabbed a pregnant woman to death was given liposuction because it was alleged she was self harming.

I’ve probably said this before & I know I’ll say t again, but there are possibly some very valid uses of the Human Rights Act, but there are a whole load of others which just make me think the whole sorry affair should be kicked into touch by a government with balls – so no time soon. Either that or we enshrine in law that the day you decide to plunge a knife into two elderly people incapable of defending themselves after first trying to rape one of them, is the day you give up any & all rights, human or otherwise.

September 5th, 2009

My mate fancies you

Posted in The Job - General, Videos by 200

The following YouTube vid has apparently been watched over 6 million times.

Made by Gwent Police, it warns of the dangers of texting & driving…

September 4th, 2009

Chief Constables are bullies – fact

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Thanks to Linda for the heads-up on this one.

Apparently the Superintendents’ Association has been doing some research amongst its members & has found that half of senior officers are stressed & depressed.

A quarter of the 800 officers surveyed reported anxiety symptoms as moderate or severe, more than half complained of working 50-60 hour weeks and 40%  reported that senior management’s approach to managing performance was “harsh and unhelpful”, and nearly a third said chief constables showed “bullying behaviour”. Others said stress and depression could be triggered by the exposure to traumatic incidents they encountered during their work. Nearly 40% said they did not have enough resources or staff to do the job effectively.

Welcome to the world of policing in modern Britain.

I have no doubt that these findings are genuine, but would point out that  the treatment of these officers may be harsh & stress-inducing but I doubt the buck stops at their desks. The police service has a long & fine tradition of passing all the shite southwards until it lands on the shoulders of the bobby on the beat (if there is such a thing these days).

There is nothing in this research which does not apply to the lowest of the low.

September 3rd, 2009

There, I Fixed It

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Just a few snaps someone emailed me recently which made me smile….

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September 2nd, 2009

Another lost vote

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In another case of the tail wagging the dog the law changed recently to allow two lesbian partners to be named on a child’s birth certificate if the birth was as a result of IVF treatment. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 has made it possible for two women to be named on the birth certificate rather than the mother & father.

Clearly designed to magnify the Labour government’s obsession with diversity credentials it means that the birth certificate becomes a work of fiction rather than a legal document recording the parentage of a child. The birth certificate will no longer record the genetic heritage of a child but the names of a couple who happen to call themselves parents at that specific moment in time. When a marriage or parnership between a mother & father breaks up those two individuals are still the mother & father. When a lesbian civil partnership breaks up at least one half has precisely zero genetic connection to the child.

Lord Brett, the Home Office Minister, said: “This positive change means that for the first time female couples who have a child using fertility treatment have the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts to be shown as parents in the birth registration. It is vital that we afford equality wherever we can in society, especially as family circumstances continue to change. This is an important step forward in that process.”

Bollocks! The birth certificate is not & should not be a record of who happens to look after a child, if it were, people who adopt babies would have the right to have their adopted child’s birth certificate changed to show their names as parents, what happened to their “rights”?, oh yeah, they’re not lesbians & therefore entitled to trump everyone else’s rights.

Labour MP Geraldine Smith said: “To have a birth certificate with two mothers and no father is just madness. Common sense has completely gone out of the window. It’s very unfair on the children for the state to be colluding to hide their real genetic parentage“.

The Home Office said birth certificates would now be adapted to show ‘parents’ rather than ‘mother’ & ‘father’.  As far as I’m concerned this is just another nail in the coffin of traditional family values which for some reason beyond me seems to be of no consequence in today’s ‘diverse’ society. The government have removed the words ‘husband’, ‘wife’ & ‘spouse’ in many official forms & replaced them with ‘partner’ all because they don’t want to offend some minority but not giving a flying fuck about offending me & millions of others. I don’t have a ‘partner‘ I have a wife!

There are some things in which equality is necessary & right. Recording someone who is not the mother of a child on a birth certificate is not one of them.

September 1st, 2009

Police are arrogant – fact

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

So says one chief constable about forces who don’t visit every victim of crime.

The outgoing chief of Merseyside, Bernard Hogans-Heroes, I mean Hogan-Howe – gosh, that takes me back to my youth, Hogan’s Heroes, legend – said: “It’s wrong for the police service to be arrogant and say we don’t attend a certain kind of incident. You have to go with the victim’s requests.

“Probably only a third of what we deal with is crime. There are many victims of other things but they are still a victim in one way or another and they deserve as much attention.

“I think what’s intolerable is if we don’t appear to care to listen, to do our best to help them through a difficult time and to take reasonable steps to catch the offender and stop it happening again.

“We should do the right thing for the reasonable taxpayer.”

Apparently, eight chiefs have said it is their intention to get officers to visit every victim of crime who wants an officer to call. The Telegraph is calling it a ‘back to basics‘ approach.

Hogan-Howe will leave his job next month to become an Inspector of Constabulary, so we’ll see whether the rest of his cronies take his advice when he is in a position to guide police policy & procedure.

I have to say that I couldn’t agree more with the chief. The trouble is that so many of his colleagues probably didn’t shout loud enough on their way up the slippery pole of promotion, happy to accept the decisions of those out to make a name for themselves by changing policy & procedure for the sake of it & to try & appease those who wanted policing by numbers, rather than policing the public actually wanted.

I know I’ve mentioned this before over the past 4 years of this blog, but back in the day we used to attend every crime, yep, every single crime reported got an officer on the doorstep, usually the same day. Try telling that to the brand new probationer after their first month out on the streets & I guarantee they will wonder how the hell that was possible, especially as there were tens of thousands less officers than today.

Obviously, Hogan-Howe’s suggestion will go nowhere, they’ll be suggesting neighbourhood policing & divisional control rooms where the staff actually know the patch next.