Tuesday, January 30, 2007



Got to work at Six thirty am, Shift starts at seven.
Changed, showered and at my desk by Six fifty.
Fire up the computer log in with one of my many passwords
I have to remember this month.

Log in to the crime reporting system to have a look at my assigned work today. 32 Crime on the books, five left over from last week.

Break down is 22 Burglary type offences, 10 reports of stolen mobile phones. Oh hum.

Fire up my email - 147 emails since Friday, over half are stupid administrator emails telling me my email account is full and I need to delete emails, sent every hour on the hour since late Sunday afternoon. ( pointless message ) Delete all the crap.

Rest of the team arrives in drips and drabs and the call for tea & coffee goes out.
I review my work file and Identify which of the 32 crimes require my immediate attention in order of seriousness of the offence and any time constraints or possible leads/ chance of solving the crime. Out of the 22 reported burglaries I identify that only half are actual burglaries and the rest are possible criminal damage but reported as burglaries due to stupid home office counting rules. Conduct basic checks on the address and victims and intelligence system checks.

I start ringing around the home owners and I make 5 appointments to visit their houses , leaving messages to contact me at the rest.
(Each visit will take about 1 hour including been present with the Scene of crime officer )

So far I have spent 2 hour's at work and have accounted for the next 5.

Various trips to peoples homes, asses the crime, look for leads, door to door enquires , list stolen items , give crime prevention advice and give the member of the public the police service they expect.

Five hours later, only two of the burglaries has possible forensic leads one in the form of a fingerprint the latter even better , spit left in the kitchen by the scummy burglar.

Return to station Via Costa coffee and Nando's for energy supply's , Update the crime reports with my findings so far. Pick up left messages from the other victims and arrange to attend during various times during the week and tomorrow.

Spend the next half hour responding to Senior management team emails that are running around like headless chickens about the weekend figures been so high, reassure them by pointing out only 11 burglaries actually happened in the last 2 days ..

Update my appointments book, ensure the Crime scene officer has sent of the fingerprint and swab for testing.

Log off.


Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Soft on Crime, Soft on the causes of Crime

With recent events in the news of escapee's from prison the home office to be split in two and now that Mr Reid is asking judges to reduce the numbers of criminals sentenced to custody ,

I have to ask .. is this the labour government who was voted in ?

Are they really tough on crime ?

I also remember another catch phrase " education etc.." and look at that ? Now I don't generally comment on politics but one has to wonder where the hell is Blair taking us ?

Is this the legacy he is really going to leave ? oh do you want a PND ?... I have targets to make before the end of the counting year... I'll do you a special deal ( Honest )
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 )