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Archive for October, 2011
Well, I’m back from a well-earned break. As far as I’m aware, I haven’t been sacked whilst I was away for gross negligence, and there haven’t been any riots. Not at home at least, though I did have theĂ‚Â privilegeĂ‚Â of seeing one of those anti globalism demos and there wasn’t a rock thrown or window smashed in sight. There wwre lots of people, lots of banners and signs and whistles but not a sign of any trouble and nobody setting up tents on other people’s property.
Only a day to go then it’s back with the nose to theĂ‚Â grindstoneĂ‚Â until next years’ batch of annual leave, which might be a long time coming what with the ban on annual leave during the extended Olympics period nest summer.
Damn, I think I’ve justĂ‚Â depressedĂ‚Â myself,Ă‚Â andĂ‚Â after such a wonderful break with Mrs Weeks and the Weeklings, too.
A West Yorkshire Police Officer has been killed in a road traffic collision after he was struck by an HGV whilst assisting a female motorist on the M1 in Yorkshire.
PC Mark Goodlad was a traffic officer with the West Yorkshire Police. He was 41 and leaves behind a wife and child.
The driver of the HGV Ă‚Â which struck then officer has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
Rest in peace, brother
I’m off having a little break, so I’ll leave you with a Ă‚Â few videos.
Just a little reminder that the last time I took a little break, we ended up with the riots. Here’s hoping I have something less interesting to blog about when I get back.
The Daily Fail reported this week about the case of a woman who alleges she was assaulted during a dispute with neighbours. It says that police were too busy to bother with the incident and came 16 hours later. Of course it uses the usual emotive language by describing the woman as a grandmother and mentioning that she had a child with her during the incident.
Not that the age has anything to do with it but it’s interesting that they’ve not mentioned the age. I imagine that ‘grandmother’ garners more reader hatred against the police than ’40-year-old woman’, but that’s by-the-by.
So they called 999 and officers didn’t arrived. They called 999 10 minutes later and still no officer came. By this time the incident was over, the victim was back home and presumably so was the ‘offender’. Police didn’t come that evening but arrived around 8.30 the next morning.
This is not unusual, in fact, it’s standard practice. Regular readers will know of the times we in the control room have to ring people up, some of whom have had actual injuries, to say we don’t have anyone available. I do it every night on a Ă‚Â late shift and I do it several days running to the same people.
Twenty five years ago we used to attend every single allegation of a crime, we attended every traffic accident whether people were injured or not, we attended every alarm whether it went to a central station or was just ringing on the side of a house. We went to noisy parties, stray dogs, parking problems. We attended a far broader range of incidents then than we ever do now.
Ten years ago that grandmother could have walked down the road into a police station and spoken to a police officer if we couldn’t have gotten to her straight away (though we probably would have done).
We did this because there were more officers on the streets than there are now. It’s a simple fact that the more officers you have actually dealing with jobs on the street, the more jobs you can get to and the faster the response. Twenty five years ago we rarely had to wait 24 or more hours to see someone, we considered it a bit of a failure if we had to hand any jobs on to the next shift, now it is common place to hand it on to the next shift who hand it on to the next shift who hand it back to our shift the next day who hand it on to the next shift, etc, etc et-bloody-cetera.
But this is progress.
Gotta love the comments from the cop towards the end…
A 33-year-old Surrey detective was found murdered on Sunday after her body was found in woods in West Sussex.
Detective Constable Heather Cooper’s body was found having suffered a blow to the head and stab wound to the neck. At the time of her murder she was on maternity leave from the force.
Her partner, who is an ex-police detective, resigned from policing some time previously to follow a different career. He has been arrested on suspicion of murdering DC Cooper at their home in Surrey. He has beenĂ‚Â remandedĂ‚Â in custody.
Interesting that no travellers have been arrested today at Dale Farm. Why put yourself at risk when you can get a bunch of brainless rent-a-mobs to do it for you?
Clearly, the way to make your point is to try and knock a policeman’s head off with a shovel and pour containers full of human urine at him.
Do the people in this photo actually give a flying fuck Ă‚Â about travellers being evicted?
So the official report on Liam Fix is out today. I don’t suppose anyone is in the least bit surprised at the findings.
It seems everyone knew what he was up to, and several of them warned him about it, yet he still continued. If the report comes to the conclusion he breached the ministerial code, I;m bloody sure Fox himself knew, oh, sorry, I forgot, he’s an MP and therefore has the brains of carrot and the morals of something that doesn’t have any morals.
The report shows Werrity was Ă‚Â security risk. Still Fox can bask in the glory that he has been found not to have made any money from the debacle. The fact that tens of thousands of pounds changed hand at his behest in order to fund his pal’s jollies abroad is clearly of noĂ‚Â relevance.
It only goes to prove to me what a gutless wonder Cameron is. If he didn’t know within five minutes of the story breaking what his minister had been up to then clearly he isn’t fit to lead a queue for the bogs, much less the country.
FootageĂ‚Â of a South Carolina HighwayĂ‚Â Patrol car in pursuit of a suspected drink driver.
When the fleeing motorists hits the brakes something quite unexpected happens.
A police officer in Mount Arlington, New Jersey was on routine patrol in the early hours of this morning when a drunk driver coming the other way lost control of his vehicle, crossed the lane and crashed intoĂ‚Â Officer Joseph Wargo’s marked Ford Crown Victoria.
The 38-year-old officer was flown to hospital but pronounced dead shortly after the accident.
Michael Cassella, aged 29, has been arrested and charged withĂ‚Â aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and speeding.
Keith Licata, the boroughĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s acting police chief, said of Wargo: “Joe was a fun-loving guy with a heart of gold. He would help anybody and he was a very dedicated police officer.”
I personally knew four officers in my force who were killed on duty in road traffic accidents, one by a drunk driver, and another by someone who didn’t have the common sense to slow down in dangerous conditions and ploughed into someone I used to work with as he dealt with another collision. There were others during my career who I didn’t know personally.
You go to work every day and expect to come home every night.
Rest in Peace, brother.
A man who charged at a police officer in Wisconsin Rapids, America, last year while wielding a knife was sentenced to five years in prison this week.
Officer Rod Krakow confrontedĂ‚Â then-16-year-old Pao Khang. Ă‚Â The officer can be heard shouting loudly, several times:Ă‚Â ”Get on the ground. Drop the knife,.” When the teenager charged at the officer, he shot Khang twice. Khang survived.
Khang, who is now 18, was charged with reckless endangerment, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, all while using a dangerous weapon.
A jury found him guilty in August, and his 5-year sentence is a compromise between recommendations from the prosecutor and KhangĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s defense attorney. He is not eligible for early release programs, sources said.
“Fortunately, the officer was armed and able to defend himself,” Wood County Circuit Judge Greg Potter said. “What would have happened if it was a regular person who was unarmed?”
Like, for instance, Ă‚Â a British police officer?
Well, my post of 3 days ago was answered today when self-serving nepotist, Ă‚Â Liam Fox, Ă‚Â
finally resigned when he realised the game was up and the information likely to come out would really stuff him big time decided he wanted to save the MOD from further disruption.
I can’t wait to hear the result of the parliamentary investigation to see if they get to the bottom, and release details, of exactly what a government minister thought he was doing taking his best mate to meetings, allowing him to stay rent free in his house (wasn’t another MP sacked for the same thing in the MPĂ‚Â expensesĂ‚Â debacle?), sorting out business deals, pretending he was an official advisor, sorting out free money to pay for his mate’s travel expenses, etc, etc, etc.
I’m not sure why Cameron felt the need to wait until after the investigation before deciding whether or not to relieve Fox of his duties, surely he could just have spoken to Fox and asked him what he was playing at and then told the country he was sacking him or that he’d done nothing wrong, perhaps he doesn’t trust his own parliamentary colleagues?
Cameron must be wondering if the week Ă‚Â could get any worse until it did with the revelation of Tory clown, Oliver Letwin, who feels the best way to deal with parliamentary paperwork is to dump it in a bin in a local park on the way to work.
Why do we allow fucking idiots to run the country?
National Police Air Service (NPAS) project is a scheme looking at the provision of air support in England and Wales and is being managed by ACPO. The brief is to improve air support throughout the nation.
The upshot is that many forces will lose their helicopters.
ACPO says thatĂ‚Â Ă‚Â the scheme will provide a more efficient and accessible air support service throughout England and Wales that offers better value for money. Well it would wouldn’t it?
They say the same when the close all theĂ‚Â policeĂ‚Â stations down. They say the same when they merge traffic departments and dog sections.
The truth of the matter is that all that happens is, for instance, the force with the most dog units gets worse coverage while all their dogs get to cover the forces with the least dog units, whose residents are laughing because they have double the amount of coverage they previously had.
The traffic units get pared down and cover more miles per officer.
This is always classed as ‘better value for money’.
Of course ACPO say that the national air support project is not about saving money, though they do say it will save Ă‚ÂŁ15million a year. What will happen is that less helicopters will be available, the forces who lose a helicopter will find that the ones designated to cover their area are always too busy or too far away to bother, while the forces which manage to keep their helicopter will be reticent of letting ‘their’ helicopter outside the force boundaries.
I hate shift changes.
I like to be ordered, I like things the way I like them, things in their place (not that it helps me to remember where they are you understand, ask my wife). I like to know that in 6 weeks or 3 months time on a Friday I’ll be working this shift and theĂ‚Â followingĂ‚Â fortnight I’ll be working that shift. It creates some semblance of order and harmony in my life, a working life of which has been throughly filled with disorder and disharmony.
So it really pisses me off when they send me an email saying in 3 month’s time my shifts have been changed to something really crappy, like another late turn. It pisses me off because I’m being mucked around and it pisses me off because the people that run the show ought really to be able to staff the control room without pissing on every other person’s chips. They ought to be able to staff it fully at all times to cover such amazingly surprising and shocking abstractions as annual leave, the occasional period of sickness and public holidays which we’ve have the temerity to sneak up on us every year like an Afghanistan IED at the side of the road.
Oh wait a minute, they’ve cut down the staff to the bone to save a few quid and have to Ă‚Â fuck about more and more people with increasing regularity.
They changed some staff on my shift last week, instead of working a late turn they were told to work an early turn, they did this with three months’ notice because with three months notice it doesn’t cost them anything, it just fucks our lives about. As they got a bit closer they realised the late shift were going to be short, so they changed some people from nights to lates. call me stupid but might it have made sense for the night turn to cover the early turn and then you just fuck off one set ofĂ‚Â peopleĂ‚Â rather than two?