Archive for November, 2011

November 10th, 2011

Farewell

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So, farewell then Police Review

Published every week since 1893.

In 32 years I have never bought you,

Though I read the chief’s copy many times.

Passed around from office to office

with a list of recipients to be crossed off.

The promotion exam questions were useful,

But not to me.

On November 25th,

I will bid you a

Fond farewell.

 

E.J. Weeks, 17 3/4

November 9th, 2011

I feel some time-wasting coming on

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So, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is out. I might be busy for a while.

I used to play a lot of online stuff like this, notably Rainbow Six and its derivatives, years ago. There’s nothing like shooting the hell out of √ā¬†hundreds of gooks, whatever form they take.

The problem is that as the years have advanced, the reactions have retreated and I can now easily get my butt kicked online by one of my children. Age is a terrible thing sometimes.

The trouble is I start to visualise people I know standing in front of me and just ripe for a raking with a .50 cal mini-gun. I could do society some big favours with just one M16 and a rucksack full of ammo.

Anyway, MW3 has just about loaded onto the PC (I’m not an X-Box/PS3 kind of guy). I’m going in.

I might be some time.

November 8th, 2011

Helpful truckers

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November 7th, 2011

Where the Grass isn’t green

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The tax payers of Sussex have may be unaware but they are currently flushing √ā¬£22,000 and counting at √ā¬£4,400 straight down the drain whilst one of their police officers is suspended from duty whilst being investigated by Sussex Police’s Professional Standards Department.

He was suspended in June this year and remains on √ā¬†full pay whilst an allegation against him is carried out. Who knows how much the local tax-payer will end up shelling out given the inability to investigate anything in much less than a year.

You’d have thought to have a Chief Inspector sitting on his arse at home for 5 months he must have done something pretty serious. (or ‘alleged’ to have done something serious, as the force is keen to point out.

The allegation against√ā¬†Chief Inspector Mark Ling is that he sent an allegedly racist joke to some colleagues via text message, also that he sent a rude version of the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Little Miss Muffet’ taking the piss out of Hastings, where he worked.

As a Sussex Police spokesperson said: “This was not a decision taken lightly, but the nature of the allegation – the sending of an ‘offensive’ text message – was such that it was felt that the Force needed to take immediate action pending an investigation.

It should be stressed that the allegations are yet to be fully investigated and the suspension reflects only the Force’s view of the seriousness of an allegation of this nature.

‘Yet to be fully investigated’? WTF, it’s November! If the force can’t investigate the sending of a poor taste joke in 5 months (it should take about 2 days) how can the public have any confidence that any of the police budget is being spent efficiently? Thank goodness the allegation isn’t anything as complicated as a crime or anything.

This really shows that the diversity industry is finally achieving it’s aim, that of √ā¬†making thoughts illegal and the slavish√ā¬†adherence√ā¬†to the path of changing views through force can reap great reward.

As the people who think the best way to deal with the issue is to bubble someone up to their employer, wouldn’t asking the bloke not to send you jokes or explaining to them why you find it offensive have been a more valid option.

Meanwhile the Sussex Police budget throws away another √ā¬£148 every day.

November 6th, 2011

Oh, truck!

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The guy jumping off the back of the truck is the original driver who got carried off by the truck hijacker.

November 5th, 2011

Just takin’ ma new ride for a ride

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November 4th, 2011

Sometimes you wish it was true

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I came across this story today which has appeared in several publications both in print and on the ‘net over the last year.

Orville Smith, a store manager for Best Buy in Augusta, Georgia, told police he observed a male customer, later identified as Tyrone Jackson of Augusta, on surveillance cameras putting a laptop computer under his jacket.

When confronted the man became irate, knocked down an employee, drew a knife and ran for the door. Outside on the sidewalk were four Marines collecting toys for the “Toys for Tots” program. Smith said the Marines stopped the man, but he stabbed one of the Marines,√ā¬†Cpl. Phillip Duggan, in the back; the injury did not appear to be severe.

After Police and an ambulance arrived at the scene√ā¬†Cpl. Duggan was transported for treatment. The subject was also transported to the local hospital with two broken arms, a broken ankle, a broken leg, several missing teeth, possible broken ribs, multiple contusions, assorted lacerations, a broken nose and a broken jaw…injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell off of the curb after stabbing the Marine.

The story has appeared in various guises with different regiments from different countries as being the group outside the store.

Sadly, it’s only partly true; the incident did happen and did involve a Marine reservist who was collecting toys for a Christmas charity outside the store, the thief was a 39-year-old Tracey Attaway. There is no evidence he received any injuries whatsoever when he was detained by the Marines.

Great story though.

November 3rd, 2011

Another own goal

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Apparently Nile Ranger is a Premier League footballer for some team called Newcastle United. I wouldn’t have a clue as I’ve never heard of him but presumably, he is a rather well paid and privileged man.

He will be a busy man this month given that he has to appear before Newcastle Magistrates on the 10th, 17th and 18th of November for 3 separate arrests. He faces charges of drink-driving, 2 counts of common assault and ABH (4 charges) and being drunk and disorderly.

Wasn’t Newcastle the team that gave Joey Barton several chances?

I hate professional football.

 

November 2nd, 2011

Who is faster, the IPCC or a snail?

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On the 3rd March this year, the BBC posted a news story about the IPCC investigating officers from Merseyside Police after a 15-year-old crashed a motorbike and seriously injured himself whilst riding a motorbike without a helmet.

The matter was referred to the IPCC because the boy had been seen by a police patrol shortly before he crashed – whenever there is a road traffic accident and there is any hint that a police vehicle was involved, directly or indirectly, it becomes known as a POLAC or Police -Accident and is subject to strict policies and procedures, especially where someone is hurt or killed.

An IPCC spokeswoman said at the time:√ā¬†“Clearly this has been a very difficult time for this boy’s family and I hope he makes a quick and full recovery.

One of the first things that needs to be established by our investigators is whether the police vehicle had engaged in a pursuit of the motorcycle or not. At this stage that remains unclear.√ā¬†Our investigation will establish whether the officers have complied with force policies and procedures.” Strange that there was concern shown for the teenager but no comment on the lawlessness which lead to his own downfall.

As usual, the officers’ bosses declined to provide any form of public support to their officers by hiding behind the old ‘inappropriate√ā¬†to comment’ shield.

Today, the BBC publish the result of the IPCC investigation, a mere 7 months after the incident. The IPCC took this long to come to the conclusion that the officers had not done anything wrong, they were not pursuing the motorcyclist and reached a top speed of 34mph during the incident. Presumably, the conclusion drawn would be that if the officers had pursued the idiot and tried to arrest a potential criminal and danger to the public, they would have been in trouble.

How can it possibly take 7 months to investigate a simple road traffic accident? Murder files are completed in less time. How much longer do we have to put up with a system which allows police officers, who have done no wrong, live under the sword of an IPCC investigation? Other countries seem to be able to conduct their enquiries in a timely manner, often within days.

Speaking to witnesses and obtaining evidence is not rocket science.

November 1st, 2011

Trick or treat?

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Well I came back down to earth with a bump this week.

A lovely well-earned break from work with my family, relaxing, drinking, walking, pleasant surroundings, friendly people and much fun, and then get to work on Halloween and spend ten hours fire-fighting jobs we can’t attend.

A couple of √ā¬†Halloweens ago, they decided to have a specific anti-social behaviour channel. Muggins got the gig which meant dealing with all the antisocial behaviour jobs across 50% of the whole force. The big idea was instead of having all the extra jobs you get at Halloween – and there are hundreds & hundreds – spread across 6 or 7 divisions, they lump them on to one radio controller and an assistant.

It was probably the most stressful shift in the control room I’ve ever had, and I’ve had many, many fatal RTCs, rapes and murders & serious assaults to deal with. I was run completely ragged. It was not aided by the fact that my ‘assistant’ was someone from the antisocial behaviour team who didn’t have much experience of radio work, didn’t have access to all the functions of the command and control system and was pretty much out of their depth.

It was absolutely non-stop and having to keep a handle on hundreds of jobs across half the force area was completely impossible. The supervisors had a handle on it though, when one of the divisions had a serious incident to deal with, the supervisors thought it best to keep the resources dealing with that job on the local divisional channel and send all the other units in that division onto the antisocial behaviour channel to carry out all their normal jobs. When the supervisor came over to tell me this is what they’d done my response was a simple “you’re having a fucking laugh”. Apparently they weren’t but as it happened none of them could get on the radio anyway because the airwaves were pretty much being used 100% of the evening.

Fortunately, this year I didn’t get the ASB radio channel and was on a normal division. It didn’t make the divisional channel any less busy, when I finished the shift we had over 150% more jobs on the system than we normally do.

It meant that coming in the day after Halloween we were so backed up with old jobs and all the usual stuff coming in that by the end of play we still had more jobs on the system than we did at the same time on Halloween and the last 2 hours of the shift were spent telling people why we hadn’t been able to see them, again.