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Police: Canteen mythology

Written by RSS Poster McNoddy

There has been a wee bit of a kerfuffle recently over at Twitter in regards to Polis eating habits and canteens.

Ever prescient, I offer you this piece (sic) from 2008. 

BTW - Trident renewal is an anachronistic and abhorrent aberration. 

Feel free to spread the joy by joining the SNP today. 

Saor Alba. 

© McNoddy 
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Police: Did you see Crimewatch?

Written by RSS Poster Crimestoppers

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
Today a recent news item has attracted my attention and which as a former eye care professional I can comment upon with expert knowledge.  

in 2013 police were given powers to notify the DVLA to revoke a motorist`s driving license if they considered his/her vision fell below the standard required; i.e. an ability to read a number plate at 20 metres. This was one of these pieces of legislation which came into force with barely a whisper.  I will say from the outset that this innovation is akin to offering a haemophiliac a band aid when s/he cuts a wrist.  For at least forty years eye care professionals have campaigned individually and as professional bodies to have the current DVLA so called eyesight requirement reformed so that such professionals can authorise that a certain standard has been reached by an aspiring driver.  As the present vision level allows an individual who can see eg a dustbin lid  held at 20M but be unable to see the person holding it  owing to blurring of all but the central few degrees of useful vision,...

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Police: The Police Are The Public

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

And The Public Are The Police.

Except that is in danger of ceasing to be true.

The Peelian Principle that has been enshrined in Policing since 1829 is in danger of being cast aside by our illustrious Home Secretary.

It has long been mooted that the scale of cuts being recklessly  imposed upon Policing by Call Me Dave and Mrs May is simply not sustainable.  Panic ye not, salvation is at hand.

Sara Thornton, head of National Police Chiefs Council has the answer apparently.

In order to avoid putting too much stress on our already over-worked Police Officers (NOT sarcasm) they simply won’t pitch up to crimes such as vehicle crime and some burglaries.  

Not turning up to a burglary (and other serious crimes) is quite simply inconceivable.

It seems that there has been a concession by some, if not all, of the Chiefs, that the Police simply cannot continue to do their job efficiently in face of the past and future cuts, so a solution has been put forward that will surely drive a wedge between the Police and the Public.


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Police: Time to think the unthinkable……………….?

Written by RSS Poster Policeconomics

In one of my earlier posts entitled ‘People respond to Incentives’ I rehearsed this argument made in the books ‘Freakonnoics’ and ‘Superfreakonomics’ by Stephen D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner. If you haven’t read them – you should.

In the context of policing, these incentives often include being selected for a specialism, being promoted or just pleasing your boss. Home Office targets were decided upon by civil servants with no understanding of (a) what achieving those targets actually entailed, (b) what unintended consequences might result, and (c) what might be ignored in order to prioritise the activity that is designed to achieve the target.

Some of the fallout of this approach was the Public Administration Select Committee in November 2013 where the cynical manipulation of police crime statistics was laid bare. The toothless tiger that is HMIC  was engaged and still failed to deliver any meaningful narrative as to the root cause of this endemic...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
I was unsurprised to note the implications of this case at the Divisional Court. Their lordships take a fairly uncompromising view of the magistrates involved and by extension magistrates in general.  There is a reference to the bench taking only 45 minutes to decide on the application. Perhaps their lordships are not familiar with the daily throughput at magistrates` courtsWarrants are considered by legal advisors as an unfortunate intrusion into the time available to get through the anticipated list which is itself often over subscribed.  It is not uncommon that their desire is to get the job done as quickly as possible without omitting to cross the "T"s when required and of course dotting the "I"s. Indeed it appears that the need to get over the rubber stamping tendency  is still there.  With warrants of entry by utility companies in this era of reducing benefits to the lower paid and unemployed  it is nothing short of misconduct if there are still magistrates out there who do not subject such...

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Police: The Great Pensions Debacle

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

The saga is almost over.

The Great Injustice is about to be put right.

It seems that FireFighters and Police Officers who retired between 2001 and 2006, and who commuted any of their pension, were diddled out of some of their lump sum. Not just a little bit either. Retired FireFighter Billy Milne whose case was used by the FBU as a Test Case has been paid out somewhere in the region of £30,000

Between now and the end of the year thousands of us will now be waiting patiently to see the size of our cheques, hopefully a little more than 3 and sixpence.

But that’s not the real issue here.

The first is that this whole saga was brought about about by a deliberate act by the government (Civil Servants not politicians) who not only failed to put it right but fought every attempt viciously through the Courts in an attempt to resist it.

Interest is now payable on the shortfall, going back to 2001 in some cases, making the whole scenario exceedingly expensive, and the Pensions Ombudsman has decreed that the Income Tax on the...

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Police: Breach of the Peace

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

It was in the Justice of the Peace Act 1361 that the foundations were laid for the common law complaint of a Breach of the Peace.  It is quite remarkable to comprehend that police officers today, dressed in kevlar and carrying CS incapacitant and in many cases a electronic stun device are still enacting powers that were in place before the battle of Agincourt, during the reign of Edward III.  It continued the tradition of parish constables who arrested ‘riotous and barratory behaviours’ that were a threat to the King’s Peace.  Most officers have, over the years, found that this common law authority allows for prompt action in all manner of important situations – it may be used to arrest someone who is committing a breach of the peace and someone who the officers reasonably anticipate will breach the peace in the imminent future.  They may force entry to premises in order to do so and all without a warrant.

Where officers have arrested a person for a Breach of the Peace, the must place that person before the local...

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Police: De-escalation Techniques

Written by RSS Poster Mental Health Cop

Have you heard this phrase before? A concept quite often referred to in mental health care – it refers to an approach by mental health nurses to diffuse situations of potential violence and resolve them without the professionals resorting to the use of coercion or physical force. De-escalation is something that is trained to staff who are employed in mental health units, an adjunct to training received control and restraint and to be preferred to it, whenever possible.

Last year, I gave evidence to the Home Affairs Committee during their inquiry into policing and mental health and I was directly asked about whether the police service needed to learn from the mental health system. After the tragedies we’ve seen in policing where officers are confronted with violent situations – vulnerable people exhibiting significant levels of resistance to lawful detention or a broader public threat – there are predictable questions if officers have resorted to the use of force and disaster has resulted. Did they have to use force?...

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Police: The Dummy’s Guide To Privatisation/Outsourcing

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Personally I quite like the Dummy’s Guides, I find them quite useful and am not offended by the title at all.

So, here goes, the Dummy’s Guide to Privatisation.  I am indebted to Stella for giving me the inspiration.

“The primary object of an efficient police is the prevention of crime: the next that of detection and punishment of offenders if crime is committed. To these ends all the efforts of police must be directed. The protection of life and property, the preservation of public tranquillity, and the absence of crime, will alone prove whether those efforts have been successful and whether the objects for which the police were appointed have been attained.”  Sir Richard Mayne, 1829

The Primary Object of a Private Company is to make a profit, simple as that.

How can they make a profit out of Policing?

  • Employ less staff
  • Pay their existing staff less
  • Buy less/cheaper/shoddy products.


So next time you hear a government, of any hue, encouraging Privatisation of the Police, or any other element of the Public Sector, it’s all about PROFIT, and that’s pretty much all you need to know.

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