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

The low down at the end of the year….. April 2012 – June 2012 the first quarter report.

I decided that I would have a look back at the blogs I have written in the past ‘year’ (financial of course!)  All the blogs written are linked, so if you want to read them again, feel free to click on the links. This is the first of four of my first quarter report. We … 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

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

BBC News – Do cop shows tell the truth about policing?

BBC News – Do cop shows tell the truth about policing?. Interestingly, I have had quite a few people say to me ‘That isn’t how it’s done on the television’, or ‘Is what they show on the television really true? Well No.  Lets face it – it’s nothing like it – even the ‘reality’ programmes … Continue reading

Snitching, Racism and Morale.

Today there were 12 officers, 8 from the Met, 4 from Northern Ireland, suspended for racism. Now we do not accept anyone being racist but it is, if you hear something racist, sexist, homophobic, or whatever, very difficult to ‘snitch’ on a colleague. Today the news had two poignant sentences which were: “The Met does … Continue reading