The Policing Family……

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I haven’t blogged for a while, the reason being that I have been ill and have been off work for a while.  It has got me thinking about the policing family and just what happens when you are not at work. I have been fortunate in that since I have been off I have had … Continue reading

Coloured Dreams

A Poem written for me by @CaerIbormeith Beautiful. “This very pleasant tweeter asked me to write a poem for her. She likes photography, art and music. She is driven by a desire to help others and to make a difference, but I think, not just at work. I have never met her, but from a … Continue reading

Simples…. Cautions to be scrapped. At last.

So it was announced by Chris Grayling that simple cautions for serious offences are to be scrapped. Hallelujah! Didn’t it occur to anyone that a simple caution for serious offences was damn right ludicrous ? Who on earth in their right mind figured that a ‘slap on the wrist’ for someone who had committed serious … Continue reading

Drunk Tanks? No thanks??

Northamptonshire Chief Constable, Adrian Lee, who is the national lead on alcohol harm has suggested that we should no longer be responsible for taking drunks off the streets and providing them with a cell to sleep off the alcohol. He is suggesting that private companies could run ‘drunk tanks’ or DT’s.  I am sure that … Continue reading

Substandard? Not just case files……

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The HMIC has stated that most case files submitted for court are substandard.  They inspected 40 files and only 3 were adequately summarised.  Apparently officers ‘do not fully understand their role in taking cases to court’. The report is calling for an ‘urgent review’ of police training in legal procedures and that training would help ‘streamline’ … Continue reading

It isn’t even about Political Correctness…. it’s just wrong.

I read with interest at the employment tribunal between the Metropolitan Police and ex DC Kevin Maxwell. In an interview in the Guardian, Maxwell talks about the abuse he received from his colleagues relating to his race and sexuality. He is a black gay male who was dismissed for gross misconduct in December 2012 after … Continue reading

GPS for dementia patients…. Right or wrong?

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Sussex Police have purchased six GPS devices to assist with helping track missing persons with dementia. This has mixed reviews. The National Pensioners Convention described the introduction of the devices as “barbaric” and suggested people could be stigmatised and made to feel like criminals. Dot Gibson, the pensioners convention general secretary, said: “I think they … Continue reading

Crime prevention IS the answer – no catching criminals now…..

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The primary role of the police is to prevent crime, not catch criminals, Tom Winsor, the chief inspector of constabulary for England and Wales has said.  Tom Winsor said focusing on would-be offenders, likely victims and potential crime hotspots would save taxpayers’ money and keep more people safe.  But “primitive” technology is limiting officers’ ability … Continue reading

The right to remain silent……….

There has been concern expressed at the arrests of those who were involved in the ‘whistle blowing’ of the expenditure of the Cumbrian PCC who had chauffeur driven Mercs to take him to functions,  Mr Richard Rhodes had two trips at £700.  This was for his ‘personal safety’ allegedly.  Two Cumbrian Police staff were arrested, … Continue reading

The final quarter review. Jan 13 – March 13.

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The Met saw criticism for ‘massaging’ crime figures for sexual assault.  Crime Figures have always been a hot potato and you know as well as I do, that certain crimes can be deemed as priority, volume or whatever, and it has been a widespread practice to ‘massage’, but there is a big difference between massaging and falsifying … Continue reading

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