Monday, October 27, 2008

The plot...someone? ...its out there somewhere..

Another stop forming part of the ride to the rocky road to hell that we are all heading towards.

I cant help thinking there is a crew of hard nosed, no nonsense, hands in pockets coppers who take call on call wondering what happened to their 'Ride'

Get this nonsense back to what its supposed to be.. and lets not pretend that this will in any way detract those youths who are intent on killing and maiming in the cause of 'not losing face' 'dis-respect' or 'incursions on local turf'

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Apparently I've signed up.

Did I miss a weary FED E mail circulation or some form of mass meeting?
I heard this afternoon that the Fed have tied us into a 3 year pay deal.
The last harrumphing from the Surbiton warriors was about going to Europe to argue and enshrine our 'right to strike' A very expensive and long winded exercise which the majority of police officers,including myself,would not take up any way.

The next thing I know, it seems the Fed is rolling on its back and getting its tummy tickled and saying we have got the best Public sector agreement to date.With real inflation running at over 5% I suggest the Fed do the Maths...

And then J.Smith come out with 'I have the highest regard for the police and the tireless work they do to protect and serve the public," I gagged over my post shift pint of Guinness.Wasn't the Fed calling for her resignation this year?

This 'best deal' confirms to me the FED are an utter and complete waste of space as a Representative body. Can I re-negotiate my subscriptions just to cover the legal stuff if the police/public interface gets too weary?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Request Stop

Blimey,I was just thinking how long I had been waiting since the last enquiry into the treatment of minority ethnic officers within the Police Service when two come along at once!
Boris and Jacqui are vying for passengers on this particular route.Its basically a shuttle service between two buildings on the Thames at the moment but who knows where it may end up.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

A brave new world.

I noticed a snippet in the freebie METRO newspaper on the way to work yesterday.
Apparently a Health and Safety officer with Lancashire Constabulary has taken umbrage with the wording on police Bravery awards.They believe there are health and safety fears that it may encourage others to take risks. The wording reads 'with no thought to his or her safety' but wants it to read 'fully recognising the risks to their own safety'

Mmmm...thinking back if I ever sat down and thought about what I had got myself involved in over the years and all possible consequences I would have even less hair than I have now.But half the fun was getting stuck in and getting out the other side in one piece.That was the result.

If this mentality takes hold the next awards ceremony for Lancs finest could prove a very controlled affair.

The scene is set...

Lancs SMT would take to the stage(which of course would have been checked for height from the ground,ramp availability and lighting)

"Thank you all for coming here today to honour these officers.... but before I continue I must remind you that the fire exits are to the left and rear and assembly is in the car park opposite.There will be a buffet after this but I would remind all that unless you specified any allergies in the five page pro-forma document that came with the invitation we can take no responsibility for adverse reactions. Anyway to begin we have...

Naturally there would have been a half day rehearsal to cover any eventualities in the short walk to the 'shake and greet'.
Instructions would have been given to no more than a brief handshake with the CC(to avoid any chance of repetitive strain injury)

The Certificates might read afterwards....'acceptance of this medal indemnifies Lancashire Constabulary from any post traumatic incidents and complications through injuries or injuries resulting from any subsequent actions as the holder has clearly demonstrated a preference to get involved in incidents which may or may not have been risk assessed'

Thursday, October 02, 2008

No 'ice in Pol just 'itical.

Well that's it then, the Comish has called it a day.I find it hard to believe that an indirect failure by Boris to fully support his police chief tipped him over the edge. He has faced far worse over his term than a curmudgeonly 'failure to support' from our blond haired bluffer of a mayor.

At that level its politics.Basic policing doesn't come into it.

A personal opinion is one of disappointment. There are big issues banging at the door of the MET at the moment be it the Menezes enquiry or the wailings of the BPA and the treatment of its high profile members.

If calling it a day was on his mind then I would have liked him to have seen these issues through and then walk away.

What we have now is a vacuum just waiting to be filled by those with issues to say 'I told you smoke without fire..'you can see the headlines/editorials/sound bites now and the hardly concealed smirks on the faces of those who still remain in a job.

At ground floor its academic really....the sh*t still gets shovelled....but it still grates.