Archive for February, 2012

February 9th, 2012

Is that with or without the Vaseline, sir?

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There are times when I’d like to report what is going on in the control room to let people know just exactly what we have to put up with in terms of our working practices and what the public have to put up with in terms of how we are told to deal, or not deal with what people thin we should be dealing with, and how they are being shafted.

Many of these things will be generic and pertain to many control rooms up and down the country. Some of them are regional and come from a small group of local forces who are√ā¬†increasingly√ā¬†banding together to ‘deliver a quality service’ or ‘save money and fool the public into thinking they’re getting something better, which they are not’.

Some are specific to our control room and to reveal them would reveal too much about the location.

Sadly, I have to bite my tongue sometimes. Suffice it to say lots of people in the control room are preparing to bend over while the management shaft them without any lubrication. I have no idea whether other control rooms are doing the same or it’s just us. Until I find out, I’ll have to keep shtum.

February 8th, 2012

And another one

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What a great example of the great British public.

February 7th, 2012

You have to check this one out

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Hot on the heels of yesterday’s story about CCTV comes another CCTV story.

I won’t go into any details so as not to spoil the fun, but head off over to the Telegraph website to read the story, you have to laugh.

February 6th, 2012

A step too far?

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Whether you agree with CCTV cameras or not, they do provide hours of entertainment, and whilst they may not prevent everything they are there to deter, they do provide valuable evidence after the fact.

Camden Council in London have installed some new CCTV cameras on one of their housing estates. I’ve often thought how useful a camera with a loudspeaker would be, if only to shout out √ā¬†to a couple that their shagging is now being watched live by 30 control room staff. It seems Camden had a similar idea as their new cameras talk. Well, they play a prerecorded message.

Check out the video to see what you make of the message.

Personally, I think the resident has a point. I think talking CCTV with dumb (i.e. controller-less) messaging will probably do more harm than good.

February 5th, 2012

Snug as a bug

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Another drop of snow, another day where the country falls apart.

The only saving grace with yesterday’s snowfall was that I wasn’t at work. To be honest, as much as I love the snow, I’ve been getting pretty pissed off that for the last few years the√ā¬†worst√ā¬†snow has always fallen whilst I’ve been at work and it has taken me hours to get home. So it was with a sense of quiet satisfaction that I watched the garden turn white knowing it was somebody else’s turn.

I was reminded √ā¬†of the selfishness of some people a few years ago when I lived in another part of town. We were at the end of a cul-de-sac which was on a hill. About 12 households clubbed together and bought a pallet of rock salt, we ended up with two bags each.

One day I woke up and the snow had fallen. A couple of us got our bags of rock salt and started spreading them all over the cul-de-sac, far and wide, across other drives and the carriageway.

One of the other neighbours came out, we exchanged good mornings and he appeared with his two bags of rock salt. I watched him cut the corners off √ā¬†one bag, he then proceeded to walk a track from his offside wheel up his drive, onto the road and up the cul-de-sac to the top of the hill. It was like he was laying a trail of gunpowder. He then returned to his drive, got the second bag and made a parallel track from his nearside wheel, up the drive, onto the road and to the top of the hill.

Me and the other neighbour then watched in disbelief as he got in his car and drove up his tracks of salt and off into the distance leaving us with no salt left as we’d shared it over the whole area.

Fortunately, we moved out soon after so didn’t have much to do with that guy. I don’t suppose he would have been particularly neighbourly.

February 4th, 2012

A little bit of entertainment

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Nothing to do with policing but kinda neat…

February 3rd, 2012

Whoops, there it goes

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Another spell of bad weather, another opportunity for certain scumbags to get a √ā¬†free car.

We’ve been having a spate of car thefts this week as people discover their windscreens frosted up. I’ve been getting up a few minutes earlier than usual, scraping the windows down and then using the heater to blast off the internal condesnsation off the windscreen, much like most drivers in the winter.

Some folk think it’s a good idea to go out to the car, turn the engine on and then go back in the house while the engine warms up the heater and the car does all the work. And some of those folk don’t have a car any more.

We’ve lost some good quality ones this week, stolen off the drive in what car thieves must think is Christmas. The hapless car owner comes out to get into a nice, warm and thoroughly defrosted car only to find there it was, gone.

Psst, it;s not a very good idea to give thieves free and easy access to your worldly goods, even if it is bloody cold.

February 2nd, 2012

Down the Tuleta

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Hurrah!

The Met are to investigate the Sunday Times and one of their journos,√ā¬†Patrick Foster, who apparently admitted to the paper that he hacked the email accounts of police blogger, Nightjack, which enabled them to reveal, in a highly significant (to themselves) √ā¬†and hugely important (to themselves) article which revealed that shock, horror, a police blogger was indeed a police blogger. They revealed his name to the world and the only people who may have had an interest, Nightjack’s Rubber Heel Department.

Has anyone seen this news reported in the Sunday Times or Times? (I no longer read them – the linked article is from the Telegraph).

February 1st, 2012

Those crazy Dutch guys

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