Archive for November, 2010

November 10th, 2010

Pull up a chair

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November 9th, 2010

Latest Inductees

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I’ve been adding inductees to the 200Weeks ‘Scum of the Week Hall of Fame’ for some time now.  I never cease to be amazed, even after 32 years in the job, how low some people can sink in their efforts for some kind of self-satisfaction or greed.

I like to reserve particular disgust for people who think it’s a good idea to desecrate graves & memorials.

This week’s latest members into the hall of Fame are two un-named men from the Leeds area who have been arrested & bailed for an offence involving the memorial to a police officer who was murdered on duty in 1984.

Sgt John Speed was shot & killed whilst going to the aid of an officer who had been injured during a stop-check on two males acting suspiciously. His memorial stone stands on the spot where he was killed in Kirkgate in Leeds. It was recently sprayed with paint in what appears to be a swastika. A local police spokesman thought it wasn’t targeted at the memory of the officer as similar grafitti has been found elsewhere in the area.

November 8th, 2010

Another chase

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from the States.

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November 7th, 2010

Just trace the driver

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That bloody Google gets everywhere. Not only is it taking over the world byte by byte but it’s nicking all our private data  (& not getting punished for it) & then it’s driving up every road in the land filming our daughters undressing in their bedroom.

GoogleStreetView

The photo above is from Google Streetview & shows a man on a drive back in 2009. All very day-to-day, except that the man on the drive doesn’t live there nor is he known to the occupants. A short time after the Google car drove past, the caravan in the background had its wheel-clamp removed & was nicked.

Police in Derbyshire are asking people to identify the man in the photo to see if he can assist them with their enquiries. In the ultimate privacy irony, Google can’t capture number plates & they are automatically fudged, so police can’t tell the identity of the car.

November 6th, 2010

Nothing trivial I hope

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Must be time for another vid.

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November 5th, 2010

Bloody Long Service

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Hats off to Special Constable George Cook, aged 65, who has just retired from Essex Police after 47 years service in & around the town if Southend.
George is thought to be the UKs longest-serving Special. He retired as chief the the Essex Special Constabulary.

That’s some going for someone who did it for over 50,000 hours all for free.

November 4th, 2010

Could be Worse

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News today that several forces are to sack officers with over 30 years’ service, only they don’t call it ‘sacking’ just enforced retirement.

I don’t have as much of a problem with this as I first thought I might. Police officers who have served more than 30 years fall into two categories. They are either senior officers & in many cases, very senior officers, the sacking of whom will no doubt save several times as much as the sacking of 1 PC. The other group are largely PCs or sergeants who came off the front line long ago & spend their time in various offices filling in forms & sending emails. Their job could quite easily be gotten rid of without the loss of a single front line officer & nobody would notice.

Now, there may be some officers still on the front line who have done 30 years, but in fairness, there are extremely few still doing front-line shift work with more than 25 years, let alone more than 20.

It will be interesting to see which ranks the forces will axe first.

November 3rd, 2010

Contrast & Compare

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A story came to light last week about the Metropolitan Police’s highest paid civilian, Martin Tiplady.

Tiplady, who earns an eye-watering £180,000 as director of the Met’s Human Resources department is currently embroiled in an internal scandal in which a female member of staff from the forces’ Equalities Scheme, who has made allegations of ‘improper conduct’ against Tiplady.

Tiplady hasn’t been suspended from work though was said to be off sick last week. The met have declined to enlighten the public about the allegation or what they are doing about it. A spokesman said: “An investigation is under way into a senior member of police staff. It would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.”

Forward to yesterday when news has come out of an allegation in which an armed officer involved in the case where the officers shot & killed a drunken lawyer, Mark Saunders, inserted song titles into his evidence as a kind of barrack-room jest. He given evidence to the Coroner’s Court  investigation into the death of the solicitor.

A spokesman for the Met said: “The Met takes this matter extremely seriously as we expect the highest standards of all of our staff. The officer has been removed from operational firearms duty.”

One person being investigated is a rank & file police officers, the other is a £180,000 a year chief. Anyone notice any difference at all?

November 2nd, 2010

Happy Halloween

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

Well, it was for some people, sadly not me.

I was at work & managed to draw the busiest channel in the force area. From about 6pm until 11 I was run completely ragged. Most of the calls were people having eggs thrown at their houses, cars or heads from teams of marauding yoblets or chavs cruising the estates in  hairdresser-hatchbacks with alloy wheels.

It is no exaggeration to say that Sunday night was as busy as a New Year’s Eve. I sat down at 4pm and didn’t get up for my first pee until 10.35pm, & boy was I busting. My team-mate, bless her little cotton socks, wasn’t a fully trained controller, so wasn’t as quick as the amount of jobs, calls & updates required, meaning much of the time we were playing catch-up on updating everything we needed to attend to with all the jobs we had.

When you’re rushed off your feet & quite stressed & ask someone who is sitting on their arse in a quiet area, double-crewed, to do one little tiny job which takes about 20 seconds (ringing someone), it really doesn’t win much favour when they basically type on your log the equivalent of ‘do it yourself’. I nearly walked over & punched them straight in the mouth.

It was nice to be thanked by a couple of the supervisors at the end of the shift though, it’s nice to be appreciated. I think it kind of escaped them t5hat rather than a couple of words at the end of the shift what I really would have liked was the opportunity to go for a piss or have a 2 minute break.

It’s a shock when events like Halloween creep up on the control room, I mean, if we’d have had some more notice, we might have been able to plan something which doesn’t make one person work like fuck while everyone else has a standard Sunday evening.

November 1st, 2010

Deafening Silences

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Hands up, those who have heard of the case this week involving two met officers, Pc Colin Hutton and Pc Vincent Turner?

Hmm, I don’t see many hands, must try harder.

The officers were praised in court last week after they chased a violent thug who fired shots at them with a 9mm pistol. The officers had approached 21-year-old Callum Hall after he allegedly threatened a young mother at gunpoint for money in front of her young children. He made off & the officers chased him through crowded streets near Southwark Tube Station. In footage from the BBC website, members of the public can be seen ducking for cover or running into cafe’s to get away from the incident.

Judge Brian Barker said: “Their devotion to duty when under fire and afterwards was of the highest order. London is fortunate to be protected by officers of that quality and they deserve to be commended.”

This is the kind of action carried out by police officers up & down the country day in, day out, i.e. running towards the action when others are running away.

Strangely, there don’t appear to be any quotes from any police senior officers extolling the actions of the officers in this case, which really comes as little surprise.