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Police: The Cold Six Thousand

Written by RSS Poster Justice and Chaos
After reading Alex Stewart's poignant piece how can anybody doubt the decay of police management?

The Guardian: Why I quit the thin blue line: a former Met police officer on a service in crisis

And things have deteriorated further since late 2014 when Alex left.

This week I was out on patrol in my borough and my inspector brought me up short. He ordered me to don my high-visibility jacket and cited the current 'Severe' threat assessment. The Metropolitan Police Service currently has a standing policing that constables patrolling on foot must wear these scruffy ill-fitting jackets. They are untidy yellow sacks that make us look like dustbin men.

“But guv,” I said, “how will wearing this yellow jacket protect me from a terrorist gunman? It isn't bullet-proof.”

“Protect you?” he said, “it's not about you. Nobody gives a fuck about you. This is about reassuring the public. About making them feel there are plenty of coppers around.”

The terrorists have stated that they want to kill soldiers and police. Not members of the...

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Police: GOVE`S EAR

Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace
A first major test for the new Justice Secretary is looming ahead and it is the criminal bar which has fired the first salvo in what will be the opening skirmish in what could be termed the war for Gove`s ear the objective being a faint hope that he will listen to the objections to proposals bequeathed to him by his unloved predecessor.  

There is no doubt that the tightening of the legal aid provisions has probably already led to miscarriages of justice such miscarriages being in the lower courts.  I would opine that it is only a matter of time before more judges in the crown courts will make their opinions known.  

Police: Give Bullying The Boot

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Let’s be honest bullying of any sort has no place in modern society, I don’t think very many would disagree with that’s.

The irony is that many who vow to stamp out bullying are, in fact, some of the biggest bullies themselves.

I was having an e-chat yesterday with somebody yesterday and we agreed that (as highlighted in Alex Stewart’s article in the press) that many Police Senior Officers were guilty of bullying.   “If you don’t like it you can leave”‘ “Just Fucking Do It” and many more similar examples.  Those attitudes belong in a totally different era, and have absolutely no place in modern day Policing, or indeed, in modern day life.

Our Thin Blue Line is thin enough already. We certainly do not need any officer, Front Line or not, to be BULLIED out of the Service. Alex is the latest, not the only, example.  I don’t need to name them but we have seen several examples in the last year or two of CORPORATE BULLYING and are the culprits brought to account for it?…………Silence.

What chance do we...

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Police: Raving Mad

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
I have just received an email from the Thames Valley Constabulary asking me to keep a good eye out for illegal raves over the Bank Holiday. Various pointers to rave-type activity are listed, and I am urged to tip off the Old Bill if anything happens in my locality.

But hang on a minute - of course raves are a Very Bad Thing at which people, most of them decades younger than I, listen to loud (and to my ears discordant) music, drink copious amounts of alcohol, smoke dubious cigarettes, and indulge in enthusiastic carnal activities. Of course, I would not want them at the bottom of my garden, and I pity householders who are subjected to a couple of sleepless nights, but really, is that the worst that the police have to worry about?

Throughout the years, nothing has enraged the comfortable middle-aged more than the fear that somewhere young people are having fun.

Shakespeare called it 'wronging the ancientry' and Milton spoke of the 'sons of Belial, flown with insolence and wine' .

Relax, folks , it will all be over well before Wednesday.

Police: Home Secretaries In Glass Houses……..

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry


A while ago I wrote a blog on the irony of the Home Office’s attitude towards Freedom of Information Requests.

You can find that here if you’re interested.  I did ask the Home Office how many FOI requests they actually refused in a year, but they refused to answer that question.

In her speech to the 2015 Police Federation Conference she reminded us all that it was her intention to make the Police Federation subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (an Act that her government don’t particularly like if I recall).   So with this in mind I thought I’d take a trawl through the 2014 stats, which are the latest states on the subject that govt has released.

In 2014 the Home Office received 3041 Requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

The law allows them 20 Working Days to respond under normal circumstances.

As of 23rd April 2015 2869 Requests had been processed, with 172 still being processed. (i.e. late, out of time for whatever reason)

The 20 Working Day deadline was met in...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

As an active Justice of the Peace I was asked, as are many others, to consider sitting in the family court.  I rejected the approaches on the basis that I preferred to sit in the judgement of adults who might or might not have committed criminal acts. I preferred to exercise my limited abilities where any error on my part would be balanced by the views of two colleagues and failing that by a judge and two colleagues in crown court. Thinking in a similar format I have occasionally pondered how a split bench of three justices could deliver a verdict of guilty beyond reasonable doubt or...

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Police: Husband and wife pair wanted in connection with attempted murder

Written by RSS Poster Crime and Justice - UK Crime News

Detectives from the Trident and Area Crime Command have released images of a husband and wife they wish to trace in connection with an attempted murder.

Detectives wish to speak with Patrick Adams, 57, and Constance Adams, 53, in relation to an Islington shooting in 2013.

At approximately 10:00hrs on 22 December 2013 the victim, who was 51-years-old at the time, was sitting in his black BMW X5 on Wyclif Street at the junction with St John Street, EC1 when he was approached by a man and woman.

He was shot in the chest by the man.

He was taken by London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he was treated for his injuries for over a month before being discharged.

It is believed that the Patrick Adams and his wife, Constance, fled the country soon after the shooting.

It is possible that they are living in Holland...

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Written by RSS Poster The Justice of the Peace

When I was appointed to the bench the use of screens to prevent a witness being seen by a defendant was not at all common the reason being that since ancient times a defendant has had the right to face his/her accuser. The recent history of such special measures can be found here.  Subsequently their use became more frequent.  Indeed when the case is listed as being in a domestic context the application is part of the protocol on behalf of the complainant and sometimes other witnesses.   It takes a strong bench to refuse such an application and reasons must be given.  It has been my personal...

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Police: Banged Up

Written by RSS Poster The Magistrates' Blog
When I was sworn in in the mid 1980s there were something like 40,000 people in prison. Today there are about 85,000, so it must be worthwhile to think about how and why this has happened.

Here is an article by an ex-MP who has done time and in common with other well-known ex-cons has decided to pass on what he has learned.

Police: ‘There May be trouble ahead’

Written by RSS Poster Surrey Constabulary Blog


Blue Collar Conservatism

See - Theresa May’s Alien-like struggle with the Police Federation

Plus - Theresa May to Police Federation: you don’t like me, but I don’t care

‘The hardest question came from Guru-Murthy. “Wasn’t the whole point about the boy who cried wolf,” he asked, “that there was a wolf and the boy died?” If looks could kill. May smiled wanly, making a mental note to sack her speechwriter. And to remind the new culture secretary to make life as difficult for Channel 4 as for the BBC.’

‘There May be trouble ahead’ – Let’s Face The Music And Dance

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