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October 9th, 2010

Let me just check the rulebook

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I was relieved for the front-line officers involved in the case of Mark Saunders, who was shot dead by police officers after getting steaming drunk & shooting a lethal shotgun at neighbours’ houses & police officers.

The Coroner’s Court found that he had been lawfully killed by officers who feared he would shoot them. I’m sure there can’t be much worse than the aftermath of a shooting incident by officers we, as a society, entrust to protect us by being the final line in the sand over which people who would otherwise do deadly damage to us are prevented. Whilst every incident should be open to fair & public scrutiny, we have systems in this country – which others seem to have bypassed – which add unnecessary stress & worry over elongated periods of time.

It was interesting to see that the Coroner, Paul Knapman, said police could not see the wood for the trees because of reams of complex guidelines. He has recommended police managers review systems so that officers can use ‘common sense’ rather than a “slavish adherence” to documents & guidelines.

Mt Knapman has discovered what thousands of us (lower ranks) have known for years. It will be interesting to see if Theresa May does anything about it.