Friday, September 30, 2005

A pile of Compost

Woot ! Going Green !

A few days ago I saved up a few penny's and got my self a compost bin.
As part of my little effort to be more green and to aid in my plans for a home garden food grooming.

I also had to go buy a garden shredder as I am very lazy :)
After shredding all the cut branches and trees in my new garden I also added to the composter the freshly cut grass, for the last few days I have started to add the leftovers and kitchen waste to the composter after using the blender to smash it all up in to a pulp.

The first thing I have noticed is that once shredded all the kitchen waste apparently takes up less space ( crazy ) and that my rubbish bin is a lot smaller !

The composter has started to kick in and is generating heat ! woot !
I am at a loss to explain this sudden burst of wanting to me greener and the whole home grown food effort but now I am really excited by it all and I am looking forward to having nice little harvests of crop ! ( I might even have a surplus to give to friends! )

Thursday, September 22, 2005


Prisoner processing team (PPT)
Another part of my new duties apparently seems to be manning up the PPT.

What this is in essence is that some where down the line in an effort to keep front line officers on the streets some bright spark though it would be a good idea that when a response officer made an arrest they would take there prisoner to there station and after booking in the prisoner * opps sorry " Detainee" and write up there notes they would hand over the detainee and notes to a PPT officer who would conduct the initial investigation.

That would include getting statements from related parties, interviews , dealing with solicitors and approved adults etc etc as well as placing charges and doing the case papers for court.

All in all it sounds like a great idea until you read the crap statements and notes taken by the response officers it makes life hell.. The real issue I can see while doing this is the "brain" switching off by the arresting officer once he is back in side the nice safe warm station where his or her's brew is on the go ( with or with out optional bacon sarine )

don't get me wrong I love investigative interviews and dealing with cases and getting to the truth of the matter. I just think it should be looked at to see if there is a different way of doing it.

I know of some stations that are on 12 hour shift pattern (24h ) and the PPT officers are on a 8 hour shift pattern which means that in the early mornings the responce officers still end up dealing with there detainees for arrests after 2am and are such not on " the streets "
maybe I am rambling out loud and typing this as I think but I believe there must be a better way of doing this ? Having the car operator be the Deputy OIC ? I don't know but it does come down to a numbers game in the end. Do we really have enough officers on response or have they all been posted to hi visibility patrols on foot ??

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Crash bang wallop -

This week I have mostly been looking at the
(Fail to attend on police bail ) I have outstanding.

These are a direct result of those who I have bailed from police custody to return at a later date and submit back into custody, who for some reason or another have taken it upon them selves not to bother.

Well the week started off with me doing intelligence checks on all those who I have bailed and possible address and various police checks , followed by arrest packs and risk assements for each arrest inquiry I was about to under take.

All in all there were a total of 5 arrest enquires to undertake.

Having done all the necessary paperwork and made sure I rounded up the "posse" to do the deed, I have spent most of this week knocking on doors at early hours getting every single one of my FTA's soundly asleep in bed .

Yes It did feel good and seeing the faces on those who have FTA for charging who are then sent to court that day realize that I was true to my word when I bailed them and said "If you don't come back I will find you and drag you in myself."

Next week I will be moving on to a major FTA court warrant list and be dragging those who thought the courts would forget all about there "appointments"

Remember kids, if you have a date with the old bill - turn up.
Or you will find us on your doorstep when you least expect it.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Nearly Two Years

Well here we are, nearly two years on from when I decided to join the police service.

So far I have experienced things I would never had done in twenty or thirty years in another job, I have saved a life, held hands of lives that slipped away, been at births and been called to sudden deaths of the old and infirm who passed away peaceful.

I have seen violence abuse and terror in peoples faces, I have also seen peace, love and comradeship unparalleled. I have even traveled to Scotland ! (With out a need for a passport !)

I have been to the highest court in the land and have given evidence in a serious crime case, and all the way to youth court for the unruly!

I have arrested a burglar inside the home he was stealing from, and I have had people run away and escape from me.

In all these and many more experiences there is not one that I regret or did not in some way learn from, and the best is I know that there is more to come.

With so much going on in the world and all the disasters and trials, I for one look forward to the challenge of life.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


My thoughts go out to not only those who died in Hurricane Katrina but to the thousands of emergency workers who are working around the clock with out little praise and even more criticism from those leaders above them.

I especially feel for the family's of the police officers in the area, considering most would have been on duty with cancelled rest days and cancelled vacations to be on stand by for the Hurricane and who now 2 weeks are the event are probably the most crabby and stressed out officers left hanging around , and I cant really blame those who quit the job to look after there own families.

What with the national guard now in the region "helping" the effort

The whole issue of how this emergency has been handled has shown that there is no coordination or planning for major disaster in the Us, and this is two years after 9/11. It beggars belief.

What bugs me even more is the flippant remark from a FEMA official about the dead bodies floating about is " the dead cant get any more dead we are here to save the living" well Mr FEMA muppet two weeks after Katrina hit you should be at least removing the bodies so they don't INFECT THE AREA and then you will not have a major health hazard that is now looming in the not so distant future.

Don't even get me started on how crap the planning was / is / continues to be .
The phrase could not organize a piss up in a brewery comes to mind!

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Home Grown Fud !!

In an attempt to be a little more greener in my life and to also cut down
on bills and trips to the "ebil" superstore on my motorbike, I have looked at my
garden to see if I can grown some of my own fud !

I had done a bit of research and I realize that we are entering autumn and apparently this is the best time to start to prepare the ground and set everything up for planting in spring !

I plan to grow peas,beans,carrots and inside a small greenhouse I am planning to build grow tomatoes and lettuce ! Woot ! Well to start with.

I will be posting photos of my hard work ! ( har har )
and you never now I might be able to grow weeds at the very least!

I wonder if this means my lunchbox next year will be my own fud ! .. ..

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Free beer ?

Free beer ?
Yes please - please email me my free beer !

thank you.
Investigations - 183 | Crimes Solved- 85 | No Crime - 47
% Detection rate - 46.4 % (Counting year April 08 )

Investigations - 129 | Crimes Solved- 53 | No Crime - 36
% Detection rate - 49.3 % (Counting year April 07 )