Saturday, October 25, 2008

See you all after March 2009

head down, hours to be put in , books to be read , mocks to be done, audio cds listened to .. later all

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Sorry still a little bit racist

Would love to post a lot about the goings on recently but apparently I am racist , explains why I cancelled my membership to the BPA , they no longer speak for the BME element in the met and have there own agenda.

Should we have these quasi organisations anymore , are we not all police officers first ?

Is it time that all the " police associations " just be kicked to touch and we get back to just doing the job at hand ..

I have not seen , heard witnessed or been a victim of racism while employed by the met police , what am I doing wrong , I have been a victim of racism while working on the streets my members of the public ... but they don't count as I arrest them and send em to court, just like what I would do *IF* it happened at work...

Friday, September 26, 2008

Stockwell Inquest

After getting it in the neck for the last few days from stupid people can I point the following out

Inquests do not establish if anyone was at fault or to blame for deaths - instead, they try to find out (and record) who the deceased was, how, when and where the deceased came by his or her death and the particulars needed for registration of the death.

Matters of blame or fault can only be pursued in separate civil or criminal proceedings.

The coroner may report the facts to an appropriate authority which may have power to prevent similar fatalities in future, but he or she cannot make recommendations or compel the authority to do anything.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Government proposes scrapping the PNB

"I am sorry but your protection officers have buggered off "

THE way decisions on police officer pay, allowances, working time and benefits are made is set to be radically overhauled after the Government proposed scrapping the Police Negotiating Board. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced that a pay review body should be set up to make crucial decisions about all UK police officers' remuneration

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Gun crime ...

While every body is blathering on about knife crime , it seems that gun crime has taken a back seat.

It will not be long before its news again, the thing about knifes is that you have to be close to your victim, guns kill at range ( well... depends on if they play the xbox or not )

After all , since every child matters it appears every round now has to count..

Thursday, July 10, 2008

rohm and haas Coupons squawk box becky quick

I thought I might have some thing big and clever to say upon my return, but I haven't. I returned last week to an office with even less staff than I left with, with no prospect of having it ever back to full strength, I see even less prospect of anything moving forward.

The office and division is fixated on "Threats to kill" and "Threats to life" rather than any government targets , like drugs , guns or knife crime - I feel like I should be cutting out Coupons to go shopping with in order to get fed this week as there is a freeze on "overtime" ... is the budget all ready gone ? if so, on what ? Clearly it wasn't on pay or better conditions or even tackling crime in the area.

Two months away and I can easily see whats at fault.

It is us.

We willingly do what we should not and with some kind of weird pride step up to the line to do a job no sane person would do given the choice.

We make the job work.

Why ?

The government doesn't respect us , but then we don't do what we do for them.

We do it for the people who's voices are trampled out by the jackboot of the loudest complainer.

Its like watching Rohm and Haas stock selling for silly money

(* lets see who can out rate who )

Maybe I should look else where , Whats the weather like in Canada ?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Is this thing still on ?

* Hello is this thing still on ?

oh , good job the MP's got the award isnt it , dangerous job that.
I wonder whats next year going to be ? a lump of coal ?

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

With Sympathy

Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both officers at this time.

Only they know the truth.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Hi America !

A big hello , to my readers from the
U.s. Immigration And Naturalization Service,
The US Senate, and
Department Of Veterans Affairs,

I like America honest !

Paranoid .. me ?

Oh the strain.

As a newly "qualified' techo , I laughed when I read this at the breakfast table.

There has been many a night duty when I was on my own dealing with stranger rapes, murder scenes and serious GBH and robberies , yes I was a trainee detective but at the time I was also a substantive constable , does making me a trainee detective mean I forget all my coppering skills ? Do I suddenly forget the law and what to do ?

No of course not. Do all my managers and supervisors then all disappear ? No they do not , all reachable on the phone , radio and there are contact desks' , uniformed inspectors with decades of experience are all at hand. Investigations are not haphazard affairs, there are investigation plans, reviews and are subjected to supervision on a regular basis by supervisors and crime management units (*cough)

But don't worry while I am working hard away don't forget we have the eyes and ears looking out for you on the streets'

I cannot speak for all detectives work load I can only refer to my own , I have at any one time 20 + investigations ongoing, they will range from fraud offences to serious GBH's. Working an allocated 40 hour week, I also have to deal during the week with arrests that come from the general police teams that make an arrest that fall into the CID remit. ( what ever home office target is this month) be that theft of motor vehicles, burglary's or theft of a pedal cycle !

I worked that out as given each of my 20 crimes just 1 hour a week would count for half my weeks shift leaving 10 hours to deal with just one prisoner is arrested,
Do you really believe an entire borough workforce would make just one serious crime arrest a week ? Well no. I would deal with about 2 arrests a day on top of my workload the average time I have worked out is 15 hours to deal with a serious crime where an arrest has been made before putting the case to the CPS a disposal decision.

Anyone care to work out the math how much time that gives me to investigate your crime ?
That's why CID investigations take months, its not perfect but I get results.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A couple of weeks ago..

" Ah TDC TBL step in to my office”, remarked the DCI, (oh shit what now)
I thought as I cast my mind back on the last 72 hours (The time frame for how long something is important to the DCI for).

He then starts to make small talk, how I am, how is life, my workload and other non committal stuff, he is starting to make me edgy by this banter. I wait for the "just one more thing before you go ... " remark.

"Sign this would you please?" he toss's over across the desk a familiar looking orange docket that bears my name, it comes to a stop at my hand.

Glancing sideways I look for the hidden DPS spook, nope none in sight, a trickle of sweat drips down my back winding its way to my underwear, which I suspect is going to be full soon.

But no.. As I open the docket I see a magical phrase " Detective constable TBL ".

It’s done! I am signed off. I am now a proper 'techo.

Time to put the feet up, large it up, read the paper and shout at the lids!

(* Above remark is flippant)

oh and now I owe the DCI a very large and expensive drink at the next office "meeting".

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Missing the point

Civilian staff can perform many duties better than police officers, a review by Sir Ronnie Flanagan claims.

What duties would these be Ronnie ?

Doing case papers? ... That get lost at court.
Administration ? ... Meaning we have to fill out a book to get a shirt or a pen.
Front desk? ... Giving wrong legal information to the pubic
Taking statements? … That don’t contain even the points to prove let alone make sense.

Or perhaps the eyes and ears as CSO's ...

Watching kids drown and locking them self’s in a room when a 13 year old shouts at them

No Ronnie, what’s needed is fair pay and free reign to get back to doing what we do best, catching criminals and putting them to court.

What’s failed is the court, putting the criminals away.

That’s what the public despair about.

Why is that ?

Oh right, lack of prison space, because officers are catching so many

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jacki Smith found guilty

Catchy title, and hopefully not to far from the truth,
While my colleagues were swanning about in London causing a riot and a nuisance , the rest of us were on duty and some of us were stuck in court.

Despite to say I got someone to "borrow" a white baseball cap for me that I will sell on ebay for my £ 250 .


Oh and one for this old boy ! Quality

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

'You'll get your old job back!'

When the fighting was at its fiercest
And everything looked black
This was the promise that cheered us on
'You'll get your old job back!'

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Lets start the New Year with a Bang

Best wishes and a speedy recovery for PC Katie JOHNSON

As we push in to 2008, how many more incidents like this I wonder ?
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 )