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

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

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

2nd Quarter – the low down on the year July 2012 – September 2012.

The second part of the low down of my year of blogs.  The first part was a mixed bag – and the second quarter is no different. Let the public see complaints against the Police looked at if we had to declare every single complaint of officers, including those that aren’t substantiated, then this would … Continue reading

Special Constabulary – an enhancement or a replacement?

So forces are now increasing the amount of Special Police Officers….. Police Officer numbers are dropping and in order to deliver the same service we need to increase the number of Volunteers. Just how wrong is that? I started my career as a Special Constable, and I know the pressures of both Specials and Regulars. … 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

Bigger headlines don’t mean worse crimes……

I saw that yet another journalist has been arrested on suspicion of computer hacking.  Patrick Foster, 28 years, was arrested in London on Wednesday 29th August 2012.  This was in relation to working alongside Scotland Yard with the Met, Operation Tuleta.  and he is  now the 11th person to be arrested, and is working alongside … Continue reading

Work/Life Balance……. which way does yours tip?

I finished nights on Saturday morning having done 6 days on, coming off nights at 7am.  Four days off.  Hurrah! The only problem is that you sleep for the majority of the first one, and then there are three days off for you to get everything sorted.  Social/Love/Family life, housework, washing and resting.  Just how … Continue reading

Just say Winsor has a point?

Before you all go WTF??! Let me make it very clear. I do not, as you all know, like anything that is going on with the Police Service at the moment and I do think the ‘Independent’ report is anything else but a farce. HOWEVER….. I have thought of some of the points and he … Continue reading

Showing Solidarity. London March – 10th May 2012.

A proud day where 30,000 officers, supporters and family members descended on London today to show their support of the police. It was a good day, albeit long, but seeing the sea of officers walking silently along the route, with the occasional sounds of boo’ing, but the general mood was peaceful but determined. Thank you … Continue reading

10th May 2012- the show of solidarity

As I am out ‘Mooching’ about on this cold dark night, rain lashing down, I was thinking about the solidarity of the officers, some of whom will be leaving shortly, coming down to London for the March against the government and the implementation of the Winsor report, an alleged ‘independent’ report which was a speech … Continue reading