Review of the third quarter October – December 2012

October 2012 saw the Plebgate incident which is still going on, but ‘Let those who judge be judged’ was about senior officers and politicians who discipline lower ranked officers, but who in fact have been dishonest themselves, or committed offences or cover ups.  Accountability is the key, and the question of how can someone discipline … Continue reading

Social Media and Blogging….

I see, once again, social media is under the spot light, with anonymous bloggers who are writing, like myself, under pseudonyms, often because we don’t feel that we would be allowed to put our own names for fear of discipline. My question is what is wrong with expressing your opinion about your job, or reporting … Continue reading

Can we get perspective people??

I was wondering whether we can get a little perspective here please…. So the DG of the BBC has resigned after 54 days in the job because of issues around newsnight, reporting and not reporting of issues regarding suspects of sexual assault, but he managed to walk off with a years salary (enough for 5 … Continue reading

Corporate sponsorship? are you really surprised

So the Met received 23million pounds in ‘Corporate Sponsorship over 5 years.  Is that a surprise?  Perhaps if we were given the resources to fund everything we needed we wouldn’t have to get ‘sponsored’.  I don’t know of one Police Force that doesn’t have ‘sponsorship’ of some kind.  Yes, we are talking bikes, cars, posters, … Continue reading

We are not Robots….

I had a member of staff speak to me about family issues and you could see it was tearing them apart. We talked for a long time and then they had to go out and deal with a domestic incident, arrest and interview and get through probably the longest shift they have been through in … Continue reading

‘You should be out catching criminals’

Why do we try to explain? I have had, as have many of my colleagues, many conversations with people we stop and deal with and it is difficult to get through to some about the career path that we choose. I guess the most favourite phrase they use is I pay your wages It’s a … Continue reading

Policing with the National health….

I am not entirely sure when I first started to notice a difference, but lately I had just been flabbergasted just how much the Ambulance Service and the NHS makes our work as Police officers more frustratingly difficult. Let’s make it clear – this is not about the persons on the ground, before I get … Continue reading

Why don’t we start saying ‘No’?

I have been mulling over the last few days about why we do what we do. I don’t mean as individual officers per se, but as a Force both Nationally and Collectively. We get the most ridiculous calls, we go to some of the most ridiculous jobs. Who else would do it? An example is … Continue reading