November 29th, 2012
How much of this job is about attending domestics? For those who don’t know, a significant proportion of all jobs we attend are domestic disputes, most of these are between current or ex-partners.
Three Baldwin County (Alabama) Deputy Sheriffs attended an address last Friday. They approached 53-year-old Michael Jansen on his porch outside his house, to ascertain why the ‘family disturbance’ call had been made. As they did so, Jansen pulled out a gun and shot two of the officers, fatally wounding Deputy Scott Ward an critically injuring one of his colleagues.
The officers returned fire and killed Jansen. All officers were wearing bullet-proof vests.
The slain officer had 15 years’ service and was a US Coastguard Reserve having recently returned from deployment in Afghanistan.
Rest in Peace, brother.
November 21st, 2012
The Police and Crime Commissioners election, what a farce.
How many of you exercised your democratic rights to vote? not many I’m guessing. I did, I went to the polling station. there were 6 staff there. I was the only one in there. I didn’t see anyone on the way in or the way out. The staff looked bored.
I spoiled my paper by leaving a choice message to the candidates on it.
It was an election that nobody called for, nobody was interested in, and practically nobody bothered about. I saw on the BBC News that it cost something like ¬£100million. I have no idea of that’s true or not. I’m bloody sure, had they had the election in May with all the others, they’d have got a far higher turnout, and would have saved the country a packet. I’ve not heard why it was so important to have this election in the middle of November, unless it was to do with engineering a favourable list of suitably biased Commissioners for the government…
I do know someone who manned a polling station from 6.30am until 10.30pm, had 100 people voting out of an electoral roll of 2,000, and was paid ¬£170.
I received one leaflet through the door, I think it was from the Conservative candidate. I have not the first clue what the others were proposing. I did note that when interviewed 75% of the candidates couldn’t even recall the name of the chief constable and none knew how many police officers are in our force. And one of them is now responsible for running the police service.
November 14th, 2012
So soon after my last entry, we have another arsehole who got found out after posting a video of his exploits on YouTube.
Allan Staunton, aged 23, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire has just been jailed for animal cruelty after he posted a video online of him putting his ex-girlfriend’s cat in a tumble drier and turning it on three times. The cat survived the ordeal though it was injured. He later told RSPCA inspectors¬† that he thought the incident was funny, after YouTube visitors reported the video to them.
Staunton received 56 days at Her Majesty’s pleasure and was banned from keeping animals for life.
November 13th, 2012
You gotta love it when people provide their own evidence against themselves.
The latest inductees no the UK’s Dumbest Criminals are one Karl O’Kill (really?) and Liam Bolton, of South Wales who have just even convicted of burglary.
O’Kill was arrested for a burglary by the Old Bill in Wales. On his possession was found a mobile phone. On his mobile phone were pictures of the hapless waste of spaces ping with a shotgun stolen in a separate burglary one time earlier.
The pair received four years’ jail at Swansea Crown Court this week.
November 5th, 2012
So, I’ve finally managed to go part time.
I decided a while ago that although I still need to earn a living – I have kids to assist thru university and I can’t survive on just a police pension – life is a little more important to me than work. For the last three years, since I retired, my family and I have enjoyed a greater standard of living than ever we did when I was a copper, but I don’t want that to lead my life. It’s starting to hit me that I am probably around two-thirds through my life, and I only want to be working for the bare minimum of the third that’s left.
I have stuff I want to do outside the job, I’m becoming more interested in other pursuits, and to be honest, I don’t want to go down the route of some of the other people who work in that control room, i.e. becoming ill with stress and having to take months at a time off work.
So I am now known at work as part-time-weeks.