Thursday, August 28, 2014

Caution...spin in progress.



I notice that Patrick FOSTER, a hard put upon ( according to his twitter comments)  member of Her Majesties press has been cautioned for hacking into the E mail account of NIGHTJACK a serving police officer in Lancashire. He and his newspaper subsequently 'outed' the officer, a DC Richard HORTON, causing him some considerable professional and personal dilemmas.


The TIMEs subsequently defend his actions claiming the officers identity had been uncovered via legal means. Following his arrest it was established he had illegally hacked into the officers account and committed an offence under the Computer Misuse Act.


In what seems to me to be a whining and mealy mouthed statement placed on Twitter, he bewails his fate.....saying


" The past two years of this unnecessarily heavy handed police investigation have been a nightmare. I have been unemployable, but have to bear the cost of substantial legal fees.I have cooperated with the seemingly never ending investigations at all times. In order to bring this regrettable episode to an end I have accepted the offer of a police caution for committing a technical beach of the Computer Misuse act 1990.


"I cannot say how likely it is that I would have been charged had I rejected the caution. In 2009 when I committed the technical breach, I was acting on the understanding, common across Fleet street and amongst journalist and lawyers that I would be able to rely on a public interest defence . That understanding was wrong "


A sentimental little piece and about as much as I would expect.


Let me put a little more reality into this in response


1.If you hadn't accepted the caution you would have been charged. The evidential test by CPS is the same whether the disposal offered is caution or charge. I wonder whether your legal team told you to bite their hand off when it was offered.
2. The public interest defence is NOT carte blanche to do as you like to get a story as you have now found out. The underhanded way the Press has undertaken its crusading badge of journalism has rightly been brought out for all to see in recent times.
3.You have committed a criminal offence so lets be straight up about it and lets not keep calling it a technical breach
4. The lawyers at CPS have not seemed to have taken your view  ( held by Fleet street and its legal teams ) that what you did was covered by 'public interest'


As the CPS have said in relation to this


 " In accepting a caution an individual accepts responsibility for the offending set out"


Exactly ...so lets not try to put a spin on it.


I doubt your misery extends to the effect your actions had on Dc Richard Horton and his family.









Monday, August 04, 2014

Learning the lessons



I regularly dip into the Police Oracle site. Its content gives you a summary of what's happening police wise across the UK and beyond and has some well informed commentators.


For  instance I found out through the site that there exists a body called the Learning the Lessons Committee.


This is a multi agency committee established to disseminate and promote learning across the police service.


It consists of representatives of 


1.ACPO
2.College of Policing
3.Home Office
4.IPCC
5.HM Inspectorate of Constabulary
6.Police Superintendents Association of England and Wales


What a more appropriate assortment of the Great and the Good could you assemble to chew over the finer detail on the front line officers as they deal  with life's reality and our fractious customer base !


E7, the MET firearms officer has now unfortunately gone beyond the 'learning the lessons committee'   threshold and has been charged with murder.


A man has died and that is not, in any way, to be taken lightly.


This matter has been reviewed and reviewed since 2005.


And here we are , a preliminary hearing for trial in September 2014.


I wont go into the details of the case as its history is well documented on the internet


E7, I wish you the best through this process.
 












Friday, July 25, 2014

Lords help us!

Having tiptoed their way past the meatier and grittier end of the policing business to reach the top in one piece and retire on a substantial pension, the Lords CONDON and BLAIR, in a debate, have an opinion that a whole life tariff for the killing of a police officer would be ...


'a populist tool by the coalition government'... 'unhelpful'...'totally misguided'...


I would expect such sound bites from the likes of the Howard League for Penal Reform... Liberty etc... but ex Commissioner's...?


Nah... your right... chewing it over, it doesn't really surprise me at  all.

Monday, July 14, 2014

MET HR ploughs a furrow for new growth

It seems the MET are reviewing criteria for admissions on recruit applications





1. Bit of personal baggage when you were younger? ....lets talk
2. Live outside the MET area ?.... save your breath.








Mmmmmm...  lets see how that works.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

And the word was ....go forth and multiply

Ms MAY has spoken...well  not so much spoken as put into words the vitriol in which this administration holds us. She has well and truly laid out her stall.

If you took that lectern away for analysis it would be etched with the acid dropped from her words

In some ways I admire the honesty. It lays out to all before her EXACTLY where HMG stand in relation to the FED.

A politician clearly with a view to her own progression.

As a FED paying member I want this to be a defining moment...

Not one where we again rollover.

The FED bottled on the vote to strike..... a Majority said yes ... the FED choked..

We now know EXACTLY where we are .....

They treat us with contempt.. we have to say no more 'negotiation'

GARDAI did it ....use EU....

For FED members across the  UK you cannot get  so publicly shafted as we did at the Conference and not go for it

Literally we have NOTHING to lose...we are NOTHING to them
.
The FED is and despite the conference vote,  a cosy club for the Reps.... Membership shovelling at the front end are getting very fractious .. No more attempts at Status Quo... go for EU... make waves ...we DO have the money to spend......get in the face of HMG... we have that right

Ignore the DB and fellow media travellers..... 

Don't let is down... Ms MAY has laid out in explicit detail where the FED stands

Bypass HMG ...  go for EU review.... we want it......

Otherwise Ms MAYS suggestion we can opt in/out will seem so much more appealing

 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

More 'Collage' nonsense






The Collage of 'Polishing my shiny 9-5 chair seat'' is touting for the ability to publish and make public a name and shame list of those dismissed for misconduct from service.

Its derisory reasoning

"The register isn't just a matter of naming and shaming bad officers, it is about protecting the public from officers who commit wrongdoing by preventing them from re-entering the service  "

This is something which can be done by internal reference to force databases.

They are chancers, always with one eye on catching HMG's attention.

They wont get a penny out of me when they come cap in hand for subs

Mind you, compared to Vince above in his prime they are complete amateurs


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

More spin nonsense from the DB

Another piece of sly spin from the Bile

Led by David Davis MP aka main cheerleader for the Plebgate one.

They are scraping the barrel (as ever ) with this one

If you believe the s*** we have the MET basically on line to the criminal fraternity on a regular basis

Closer examination of the limited cack they provide reveals more mundane nonsense

Over 5 years as well !

Wasters

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2621016/Met-shame-officers-leak-data-force-computer-criminals-300-uniform-civilian-staff-caught-abusing-system.html