Archive for December, 2010

December 31st, 2010

Same old same old

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I’ll probably be at work getting really stressed on the busiest day of the year, while the rest of you are getting pissed, so just a quick message from me for today:

Have a safe & peaceful New Year.

See you on the other side.

December 30th, 2010

Happy New Year

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Tomorrow will see hundreds of thousands of people celebrating the new year by getting drunk. Thousands of these will cause general anti-social problems from simple raucous behaviour to criminal assaults & damage. Hundreds of them will inflict damage on other people or property which will have significant or life-altering effects.

Meanwhile, in Woburn Massachusetts hundreds, maybe thousands, of police officers, family & friends & concerned residents will be lining up to pay their respects at the funeral of  John “Jake” Maguire, a 60-year-old police officer who gave 34 years of service to his community. Officer Maguire was shot & killed during a robbery at a department store in the community he served on Boxing Day just gone. Hundreds of officers attended his wake today.

He is the first Woburn police officer to be killed in the line of duty and was the 165th officer in America to be killed this year. Two others have been shot & killed since Officer Maguire’s death.

You can see a report & video on the WCVB TV website.

A list of the officers killed in the USA can be seen at the Officer Down memorial Page

December 29th, 2010

If Only

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Don’t you wish there were people around like this woman in Ohio, who jumped in to assist an officer having a spot of bother?

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December 28th, 2010

The Plants should be in the Garden

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I love a good senior police officer embarrassment story.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Rod Jarman had cause for a Doh! moment recently when he rented out his four-bedroom house via a letting agent to a man with a Chinese or Vietnamese name.

He was later alerted to strange noises by neighbours & when he attended he found the house had been turned into a cannabis factory. Police officers will be familiar with the current trend for Vietnamese crime gangs to rent out properties, gut them & turn them into intensive cannabis factories which involves lots of light, heat & watering systems & every room filled with cannabis plants.

The gang in Mr Jarman’s case had run up an electricity bill  of £20,000 & caused almost £50,000 worth of damage to the property.

I’ll be he’s glad he left the fine details to an online letting agency.

December 27th, 2010

It’s OK, we saved some cash…

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… by having less than half the normal staff on duty over Xmas.

Nothing ever happens at Christmas after all. Nobody gets killed in a road crash, nobody gets beaten up by a drunken partner before the turkey is even on the table, nobody dies unexpectedly. And when there are only 4 officers to cover the whole division, it’s a great idea to send them out to do arrest enquiries, after all, people are really likely to be home on Xmas day & you can easily reduce the number of available officers from 50% to 0-10% for an hour or two, after all, it’s not like the cells will be full from all the Christmas Eve frivolity, eh?

If you needed the police on any of the bank holiday’s this season, what was the service like in your area?

December 26th, 2010

Right Time, Wrong Place

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Next time you go & collect CCTV from that earlier theft…

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December 25th, 2010

Happy Christmas

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Nothing special today. A BIG thanks to Mrs Weeks & all the other spouses & partners who have to struggle through Christmas preparations all day on their own while their other halves are at work, as I was today. I love you!

Merry Christmas & a safe & peaceful New Year!

December 24th, 2010

Xmas Scum

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Nice to see the Christmas spirit alive & well in Portsmouth this week.

A frail 97-year-old grandmother withdrew £400 from a cahspoint to buy her grandchildren & great-grandchildren some presents. She was stalked by a male & female scum-duo who followed her for 40 minutes before trying to snatch her purse as she shopped in a supermarket.

They failed to get the bag so they follwoed her from the store & distracted her by asking for directions. She later discovered they had stolen her purse containing £700 in cash. The loathsome pair them withdrew £500 from the lady’s bank account having found her PIN number in the bag.

The offenders are described as Asian or eastern European aged 25-40. Police have CCTV images of the couple & are appealing for information to identify them.

If they are anything like the purse snatchers who plague the town centres where I work, they are all eastern European, quite often Romanian, although those round these parts are usually female.

December 23rd, 2010

That Doh! Moment

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Eighteen-year-old thug, Jack Wilson, will be wondering just how wise it was to post his thoughts on Facebook when he got home from court.

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court last month where he admitted beating up 43 & 50-year-old men.

As they all do, his brief expressed to the court his shame &  remorse. Doubtless there was, as there always is, reassurances that he had turned his life around that he had learned important lessons.

The case was adjourned for sentencing.

When Wilson got home from court he posted on Facebook: “No remorse, no surrender, 100 per cent re-offender

Judge Roger Thorn was shown the Facebook post at this week’s sentencing. He said: “If anyone ever asked to go to prison, this is the best way to do it. All claims of remorse evaporate as hypocrisy.

had there been remorse, it might have been possible to suspend the sentence. Twenty months.”

December 22nd, 2010

The Night Before Christmas

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I very rarely post anything more than once, but this is kind of a tradition now, and I’m quite proud of it:

Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung on the doorknobs with care,
But something was missing, my dad wasn’t there.

Out in the night parked under a star,
My Dad was there watching in his traffic car.
Now out in the snow, where nothing had stirred,
the radio crackled, the big engine purred.

Dad adjusted his cap and straightened his tie,
Got out of his vehicle and looked round the sky.
He turned up his collar and looked all around,
And listened so hard for that wonderful sound.

And sure enough soon through the cold winter night,
My Dad on patrol saw the wonderful sight.
There up in the distance so vivid and clear,
A light getting brighter it soon would be near.

He called on the radio “Tango-one-oh,
“I think I have contact out there in the snow.
“I’ve got him on mapping, it’s him there’s no doubt,
“I’m off the to R.V. point, Tango-ten, out!”

Dad jumped in the police car & looked to the sky,
Just getting closer but ever so high,
Bathed in the glow of a deep yellow light,
He finally saw the wonderful sight.

First Dasher then Dancer then Prancer and Vixen,
And Comet and Cupid then Donner and Blitzen.
Then out in the front of the beautiful sleigh,
Was Rudolph the Reindeer leading the way.

Santa looked down at the police car below,
Grateful once more for a guide through the snow.
“This is Santa, come in Tango-ten,
“It really is good to see you again.”

“Roger that, Santa, your message is clear,
“This really is the best assignment all year.”
The police car revved hard as Santa flew by,
Then magically lifted up into the sky.

Over the County they flashed blue & red,
Santa behind and my Daddy ahead.
Landing on rooftops and climbing inside,
Then off to the next, my Daddy the Guide.

They finally finished their job in the sky,
Daddy saluted as Santa flew by.
“Same time again, Santa, next year once again?”
“You bet, and my thanks go to you Tango-ten.

Into the distance Dad saw Santa fly,
He took off his cap and loosened his tie.
And feeling quite pleased with himself, as he should,
He knew he did well, he did fine, he did good.

When I open my presents although I am sad,
I know Santa leaves me a kiss from my Dad.
And although I miss him I know in my soul
Though Dad’s up in heaven, he’s still on patrol.


Dedicated to the five officers who lost their lives on duty in 2010:

Daniel John Cooper – Wiltshire Police

Daniel Alastair Gibb – Metropolitan Police

Sean Peter McColgan – Metropolitan Police

Gareth Gallagher – Police Service of Northern Ireland

Gary John Leslie Grieves – Police Service of Northern Ireland

December 21st, 2010

Brain of Britain

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Jace Ennis, a 23-year-old numpty from Suffolk, was jailed for four months this week at Ipswich Crown Court.

He was convicted of handling stolen goods & breaching a suspended sentence for the possession of a bladed article.

The hapless twat was caught by police after he sent a photo of himself on a stolen phone to one of the phone-loser’s mates. He denied stealing the phone but either way he ended up with someone else’s Blackberry on which he proudly took his own photo. Unfortunately, for Ennis, he pressed the send button to the wrong person & his mugshot was duly handed over to local police who recognised him.

Even with the usual reductions in sentences he should be good for spending Christmas at Her Majesty’s Pleasure.

December 20th, 2010

The good old days

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Perhaps it’s time to ditch all the PC crap & go back to the good old training ways….

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The footage is a from Baghdad & simulates someone reacting to coming under attack.

December 19th, 2010

May you always run fast, bite hard, and fear nothing

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I’m a  sucker for a memorial video.

Here’s one to K9 Schultz, the Gloucester Township Police Dog killed on duty that I blogged about  on December 2nd.

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December 18th, 2010

Such a Dear

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John Paul Onyenaychi, 30,  is the scumbag who is alleged to have slashed a police officer in the neck in Ealing with a Stanley knife & cut a PCSO on the arm in the same incident. Already wanted on recall to prison & tooled up & ready to use it, he was remanded in custody until March. He is charged with attempted murder of 23-year-old PC Paul Madden & attempted GBH of PCSO Piotr Dolato, aged 27.

The little love endeared himself to the court when he appeared yesterday.

When asked to confirm his name by Brent Magistrates Court, he replied: “My name is ‘go fuck yourself’.” He was reproached by Judge Margot Coleman who said she would not tolerate that kind of behaviour in her court. His witty reposte was as follows: “I think that’s the best way, you fucking slag.”

Meanwhile, the Met have paid tribute to the injured officers.

I hope they make a speedy recovery & go on to long outlive the pond-life who put them in hospital, by a very long way.

December 17th, 2010

Down at the Old Bull & Bush

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Christmas comes but once a year (yet still manages to catch out the people who work out the staffing levels & leave). So another Christmas, another drink-drive campaign, or shold that be anti drink-drive campaign?

This usually involves breath testing everything that moves & filling in forms to say how many people you breath-tested today. It’s a way of showing someone, somewhere, who probably doesn’t actually care, that the police are trying to keep the roads safe, as if police officers would not breath test someone they thought was drink-driving at any other time of the year.

Anyway, the Greater Manchester Police have taken a fresh approach to their annual campaign this year by creating a website. It’s one of those light-hearted approaches to a serious message kind of things. They’ve created a ‘hotel’ where ‘guests’ can spend a night if they’re caught falling foul of a little too much of the hard stuff. The site has videos with real police officers (who apparently are thinking ‘why me boss’ & ruing the day they were on duty when corporate communications brought the handycam down.

You can discover what happens at the hotel by visiting GMP’s website for the Drunken Disorderly Inn.

December 16th, 2010

Above the Parapet (from the safety of the sidelines)

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Any mention of a politician on this website is usually critical or a piss-take.

Strange, then, that I should mention former Home Office minister Bob Ainsworth & not take the opportunity for a jibe.

Bob has come out in the media today to call for a debate on the legalisation of drugs. It’s a pity he didn’t do this when he had any power, but then governments don’t do such thing, it’s left for the folk on the sidelines.

Long-time readers will know of my support for a fresh approach to drugs in society. Newer ones can read my thoughts here.

December 15th, 2010

No room at the Inn

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A police officer & PCSO have been stabbed during routine police work in London.

During a local operation on the transport network, they were checking bus passengers when it emerged one was wanted for a recall to prison. When he realised he was about to be arrested, the attacker pulled out a knife. A police officer was stabbed in the neck & has what is described as ‘life-threatening’ injuries. A PCSO was stabbed in the arm & has serious injuries which are not life-threatening.

A witness to the attack said: “What disturbed me most of all was the amount of blood on the pavement, it was clear that someone was very seriously injured.”

This is the sort of incident which police officers have to face every day, violent people armed with knives,  & no idea when or where someone will use it. The victims are the people the government are trying to take money away by denying pay rises & attempting to reduce their pensions. Although among the most serious of injuries, they will be but two police officers & staff who are injured every day of the year, simply going about their duties.

And the thug who did this is the sort of person that Kenneth Clarke is trying to keep out of prison.

December 14th, 2010

CLOPS

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Gotta love the reality shows.

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December 13th, 2010

A Window on the World

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I was walking back from town today along my usual route. It was getting towards twighlight, that time when people turn on their living room & kitchen lights but don’t close the curtains yet. where you cans ee right in & check out whether they have the Christmas decorations up yet, what size their TV is or what their taste in art is on the living room walls.

I love it. I don’t know whether it’s being naturally curious or just plain nosey but it always fascinates me how other people live.

I used to love going to alarms when I was on the street. While a lot of officers would turn up, give the outside a quick security check & then bugger off, I always tried to wait until the keyholder got there. Not because I wanted to make sure 100% that the place hadn’t been broken into & that Billy Burglar wasn’t hiding under a desk, but because I wanted to have a good nose round.

I’ve covered some really posh estates or high-class villages in my time. Some of the houses where beyond the wildest dreams of anyone except a multi-millionaire. I loved going in & checking out how the other half lived. It made a real pleasant change from some of the less salubrious properties that we visit more frequently. The ones where you have to wipe your feet on the way out, literally, because there is more dog mess on the kitchen & living room park than there is on the entire local park, where rubbish & clothes are piled from floor to ceiling & where you can’t see the sink for weeks old dishes.

It’s interesting seeing the different approaches to the way people furnish & decorate their houses, especially when money is no object. I guess it’s the old envy instinct, the idle dream that one day it just might be possible to reach the same levels, provided I either by a lottery ticket or write a blockbuster children’s novel.

It’s one of the few things I miss about proper policing.

December 12th, 2010

Do you know this scum?

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suspects

So the Met have released photos of people wanted in connection with the ‘student’ protest riots this week, the fine looking ‘students’ above among them. I wouldn’t mind betting that these are the sort of people who will attend the opening of a drawer if it promised a bit of thuggery. I very much doubt that this week will be the first time they have indulged in a bit of violence.

If you fancy a laugh you can read what people who support people like the above have to say over at  BrutalCops.net.  A group so entrenched in their quest for justice & a better society by catching out the odd copper who lashes out at a perfectly innocent member of the public, that they fail to see anything wrong with threatening to torch police stations in retribution. This is a group who appear to see nothing wrong with pissing on the Cenotaph & ripping the flag down from a national memorial to the dead who gave up their lives so the people above could be free to have a bit of fun at the expense of the health & safety iof anyone who gets in their way.

Further laughs can be had at the FitWatch website, but take care lest the lack of brain cells & IQ of some of the people who comment on those sites rubs off on the casual browser.