I haven’t blogged for a while, the reason being that I have been ill and have been off work for a while. It has got me thinking about the policing family and just what happens when you are not at work.
I have been fortunate in that since I have been off I have had colleagues that are also friends visit me. What about the rest? Nothing.
For all the hoops we jump through from day to day trying to make everything so smooth and keep the cogs turning, when you are no longer in the ‘loop’ and out of action for whatever reason, you realise then that you are a small fish in a very big pond.
I didn’t realise before when people I used to visit would say ‘I don’t see anyone much’ – and I get it – shift work is tough and when the shifts are done it’s family time, or time to catch up with your own lives – however, since now being on the other side of the coin I can really empathise with those who have been off long term.
Time does so quickly, but there are some times when you think ‘crikey I haven’t seen anyone for...
As in many institutions the so called air conditioning in our major court building is as efficient as a chocolate kettle so the recent slightly milder weather has played havoc with our comfort zones.Most of our ladies are still complaining it`s too cold but at least no longer insist on supplementary heaters being switched on in court.My male colleagues and I open a window in the retiring room despite mutterings of, “You know we`re not supposed to do that; it upsets the air conditioning.”That`s a bit like saying one shouldn`t shout at a rabid dog; it will make it bark louder. But to the point: earlier this week the sun was streaming through the windows of said retiring room and when 2.00p.m. arrived the windowless courtroom was stuffy to say the least.Our motoring court began on time with three “no insurance” put over from the uber busy morning.Each of the defendants after having been apologized to for their...
Who do they think we are? Do they think we’re really stupid? Don’t answer that, of course they do.
Plans to cut soldiers could leave the Army “short of personnel” and unable to meet future national security needs, a report by MPs has warned.
The Commons Defence Select Committee has also expressed its concern over the “the lack of consultation over the Army 2020 plan.” That’s not an unfamiliar story either.
Under the Future Army 202 plan personnel numbers will be cut from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2018, with a doubling of reservist numbers. (Still sounding familiar). The number of part-time soldiers, or reservists, is to be doubled from 15,000 to 30,000, but the Army is still a long way off from meeting its targets and the MPs’ report says there is scepticism that it will be able to recruit the numbers it needs.
Overall, the report echoes a familiar theme: the cuts to the armed forces have been driven by the need to save money, rather than any strategic vision of Britain’s place in the...
Many years ago before I retired from the Metropolitan Police Farce, one of my jobs was putting together proactive packages against prolific criminals. These had to be meticulously researched, all intelligence correctly evaluated, and the final part of the Target Collection Plan was a Risk and/or Impact Assessment.
The reason for the last two was obviously to attempt to identify the probable outcome of our operation, any risks associated with it, including collateral intrusion, and the impact that our operation might have, for good or bad, on the local population, and, if appropriate, the subject him/herself. Included in these assessments were the Human Rights implications of the ‘Target’.
Fast Forward to 2010/11.
One Thomas P Winsor (make your own minds up what the P stands for) ably assisted by Sir Edward Crew QPM and Professor Richard Disney (love that name too) set about Winsor’s (in)famous Independent Review of Police Officer and Staff...
Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe: “Over the last two years in the Met we have reduced stop search by over a third”
Plans to limit police stop and search powers in England and Wales have been held up by “regressive” attitudes in Downing Street, senior Conservatives have told BBC Newsnight.
The home secretary wrote to cabinet colleagues in December seeking approval to “reduce significantly” one type of stop and search, Newsnight has learned.
Despite setting a 12 December deadline, the changes are yet to be announced.
Downing Street said the prime minister accepted reforms needed to take place.
However, officials have refused to say when any decisions might be taken.
Critics say stop and search unfairly targets the black community.
In November, the Equality and Human Rights Commission said that, overall, black people were six times more likely than white people to be stopped, with Asian or other ethnic minority groups two times more...
Report looking into claims that corrupt police shielded perpetrators of 1993 racist murder to be released on Thursday
A report into allegations that police corruption shielded the racist mob that murdered Stephen Lawrence will be published on Thursday by the Home Office.
The report was ordered by the home secretary after pressure from Lady Lawrence, Stephen’s mother. She has always believed corruption played a part in police failings and hopes the new report will lead to a fresh official inquiry.
Pressure for the review ordered by the home secretary came after reporting of new allegations by news organisations including the Guardian.
The review has been conducted by Mark Ellison QC, who secured convictions in 2012 against two men for the murder.
Lawrence, 18, was killed in April 1993 near a south-east London bus stop. He was stabbed to death by a gang of five white youths who shouted racist abuse.
The Met maintains there is no evidence of corruption.