Thursday, March 17, 2005
An Irishman who had a little to much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road. A cop pulls him over.
"So," says the cop to the driver, "where have you been?"
"Why, I've been to the pub of course" slurs the drunk.
"Well," says the cop, "it looks like you've had quite a few to drink this evening".
"I did all right," the drunk says with a smile.
"Did you know," says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, "that a few road traffic lights back, your wife fell out of your car?"
"Oh, thank heavens," sighs the drunk. "For a minute there, I thought I'd gone deaf."
Happy St Patricks day !
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
The lab reported that his levels were 151 mg which is well over the limit. As a result of this I started to prepare my case papers for his subsequent charge when he attends the station in a few days time on police bail.
In order to bring a charge against anyone case papers need to be done and presented to the CPS (Crown prosecution service) who we now work in partnership with allegedly.
So this is how it goes, I prepare and MG3 and an MG5 which are a case summary and presentation of evidence against the defendant and the rest of the case papers which all in all take about 3 hours to do I then dutifully email the CPS saying I am about to Fax over these to them to evaluate and respond with there annotations. I fax over the reams of paper (In this day and age why they cannot accept word documents I do not know) and then I phone back after 20 minutes as per guidelines.
I then speak to a CPS person who to be quite honest I haven’t a clue of there position or qualifications as they don’t tell me when I ask as its “Not relevant officer” and then refuse to tell me there name and that “someone” will contact me in the next few hours.
So I um…. Go get something to eat while I await the all powerful CPS to tell me to charge this dunking fool with driving over the prescribed limit, some thing I knew would be the case anyway, however of course I took great pains to evidence the gentleman’s actions at the scene so much so that surprised that I was they were unsure that they might charge him to been unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
I phoned back again after a further hour and they still haven’t decided what to do.
It is now 40 minutes before I have to go home. The defendant isn’t here, he is probably at home asleep, The sector sergeant is giving me the evil eye for been in the station so much tonight, but its ok as we are flush with body’s today and he can see me doing case papers and statements etc, and all I want is a bloody MG3 charge decision for the case papers so I can bung them in to the file and have them ready for when he comes to the station as I will probably be out and about for his bail to return and I want the CPU (Case progression unit) to deal with this silly sausage when he gets back.
Oh I also processed him for failing to observe a red traffic light and driving not in accordance with his licence and not having an insurance policy etc etc. I will be at his court hearing in my smart uniform oh yes!
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
It is a long slog I can tell you. Of course you are in well before 7 as you have to change and be ready for the daily briefing.
If you get to finish at 7 as well you are one lucky plod !
Monday, March 07, 2005
Cheers Dave for the link!
A bit of clarity I think is needed for my new visitors.
First I am not from the
Friday, March 04, 2005
It is a topic very dear to my heart for reasons I will not divugle here.
I will at some point address the issues but it's magnitude and scale and depth cannot be simply explained away in a few posts.
One of my bigest fears on joining the Met would that I would be judged simply on been a police officer and that my race and own ethnicty would simply be ignored or even worse be a cause of comment or a consideration for others.
I am however very relived to only of have very positive experences so far.
Todate every police officer I have met have been honest and straight foward people, doing a difficult job in difficult times, for that I am grateful to learn with them.
I will address Stop and Account and the 5090 form shortly and the impact it has on the police and from what I can see of the commuinty.
Stay tuned !