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Police: Fear Not, The “Right People” Have Arrived To Save Us

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

It’s fair to say that I am vexed.

Last night I tripped over a Twitter conversation concerning one of my favourite organisations, Police Now.

Two of their 2015 intake were promoting the benefits of the Police Now route into Policing, and, in my opinion, did not take kindly to being challenged by crusties like myself and others.  I am not alone in not favouring this route.  I don’t need to reiterate my views here, I expect you can all imagine what they are, but last night’s conversation, taken together with an evaluation of Police Now by MOPAC, just pushed me over the edge.

In fairness, one of the two Police Now ‘recruits’ was far more engaging and willing to answer questions than the other, and DID answer all the questions I put to him.  Fair play for that.

The other was a different kettle of fish entirely, immediately (in my opinion) confrontational and hostile.  Not happy about being challenged at all.  Whilst not seemingly Tweeting from an official Police account he was Tweeting...

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Police: I Have Seen The Future – TJF, Very F

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

TJF, that was one of the very first things I was told when I left the cuccoon that was Hendon Training School and appeared at my very first nick.

I suspect that it has been common parlance for generations.

Looking at various Tweets and Facebook posts over the past week.  Thinking about the tragic events of last week, and the response and reaction to them.  It troubles my aged brain.

Before you waste your time telling me, I know, I’m Old School, a Dinosaur even.  However, this does not mean that my opinions are not valid, my ideas out-dated and useless.  Some may be, some might be excellent.  Who knows?  I do still have Freedom of Thought, and this is what I think.

When Theresa May, either of her own volition, or doing the bidding of one David Camoron, set about the destruction, sorry Reform, of the Police Service, myself and others questioned her intentions.  We questioned the intentions and acts of (then) Mr Tom Winsor.  We questioned the intent and activities of certain Think Tanks.  Most unhealthy in my...

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Police: The Chickens Have Come Home To Roost

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

Following on from this week’s tragic events, the pressures on the Metropolitan Police have possibly never been greater since WWII.  I don’t mean that to sound dramatic, but I happen to believe that it’s true.

Quite rightly, the Met has increased Policing levels in London in order to reassure residents and visitors alike, and in an attempt to deter any further terrorist activity in the aftermath of the events at Westminster.

In the main this has been achieved by use of extended tours of duty often ending at 2 or 3 am.  Numerous officers are apparently finding themselves dismissed from duty and unable to find public transport to get home.  This has apparently led to officers sleeping on the floors of their Police Stations so that they will be available for duty the following day.

This is less than desirable for any number of reasons.  In the last 12 hours I have seen appeals circulating on Twitter and Facebook seeking reasonably priced (or free) hotel rooms for officers to get their heads down for a few hours.  To be...

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Police: I Can Translate Policy Exchange-ese Into English (Sometimes)

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I saw a Tweet from Policy Exchange yesterday. To say that it irked me somewhat is putting it mildly.

https://twitter.com/Policy_Exchange/status/840932683790323712

policy exchange diversity

So, Police Constables and Sergeants are in the bottom 10 diverse occupations with a diversity rating of 0.11 (later).

I asked them what the diversity rating was for Inspectors and above;

@Policy_Exchange What is the figure for Police Inspectors and above then?

— Alan Wright (@Alanw47) March 12, 2017

They replied;

@Alanw47 we excluded any occupation with less than 50 observations in the data so probably sample size too small for us to cover here

— Policy Exchange (@Policy_Exchange) March 12, 2017

I couldn’t resist helping them out;

.@Policy_Exchange I might be able to help you out there pic.twitter.com/2YcdnRtWnk

— Alan Wright (@Alanw47) March 12, 2017

At this point Ian Wiggett asked them a very good question;

@Alanw47@Policy_Exchange so how do we get from 6.4% to 0.11? What does the 0.11 refer to?

— Ian Wiggett (@Wiggett_IE)...

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Police: Where Has The Police Force Gone?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

When I joined the Met in 72 it was a very different animal to what it has become today.  Some of the changes have been an improvement, many, in my opinion, have not.

The first thing I noticed was that the instructors were SCARY, especially that Drill Sergeant, Sid Butcher, who seemed to think that I couldn’t march properly.  He was right of course.  He threatened me all kinds of dire consequences but he succeeded in getting me to closely resemble a march.

Out to Division, my reporting Sergeant was an old sweat from the Palestinian Police with a metal plate in his head.  Never upset him I was told.  I saw what happened to people who upset him, but we just seemed to click, chalk and cheese.  “You’re an enigma son” was the best ‘compliment’ I ever got out of him, but he was good.  All kinds of ‘wickedness’  was waiting for new probationers, including (allegedly) the Station Stamp for WPCs. Yes I did say WPC, I was never renowned for Political Correctness.  I would like to think that I was polite and respectful,...

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Police: Selling England (and Wales) By The £

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

No, sadly not that well known tune by the troubadours known as Genesis, but if that’s what you’re looking for it’s here;

I’m talking about some old news that I’ve only recently caught the monumental scale of.

Ever wondered why the Metropolitan Police hasn’t had to reduce it’s numbers quite so draconically as other less well-resourced Forces?

It’s not magic, the answer is here (BEWARE – Contains Numbers) – You might need to scroll past the table (sorry)

In short, over the last 5 years or so, the Mayor of London have sold off the family silver.  Dozens and dozens of properties, Police Stations, Traffic Garages, Flying Squad bases, Married Quarters, Feeding Centres.  GONENEVER TO BE REPLACED.

To save you breaking out your calculator I’ll add it up for you – £829,582,000, or in words if that sounds less bad, almost 830 Million Pounds

No wonder the Mayor of London can strut his stuff and boast about maintaining numbers on our streets, but I still wonder where they all are.

If you live or work...

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Police: Knife Crime 2016 – Almost The Final Word

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

As promised (threatened) here is the almost final update on the scale of Knife Crime in England and Wales last year.  I am still arguing with the City of London Police and Avon & Somerset Constabulary over their Refusal Notices, if I ever get final figures from them I’ll update this post. The figure for A&S in the graphic is very much provisional and dependent upon the outcome of the arguments.

Dyfed Powys is late replying (my fault, I didn’t spot a clarification question they sent me)

Cleveland, Kent and Leicestershire are late replying – their fault, reminders sent.

So, the bottom line is that in 2016 there were almost 18,000 deaths or injuries caused by knives, swords or other pointed implements in England and Wales.  Nearly 50 a day, or 2 every single hour of the day and night across the country.

You may not think that is very much, but every single hour a family somewhere has their lives affected to a greater or lesser extent by knives.

What can be done about it?  In my view, and you don’t have to agree...

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Police: Knife Crime Vs Stop & Search, Some Numbers (London Edition)

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

In a few days time I should have a set of figures telling us exactly what the size of the Knife Crime problem is across England and Wales.  While I’m waiting for the last few miscreants to remember to send me some data, or protest that they don’t have a Knife Crime problem, I thought I would plunder the Mayor of London’s Data Store and draw some pretty pictures of the scale of weapons generally in our capital.

As the data goes back to 2008 I thought “why not nick it all?” look at the long term situation and how it might have changed.  The categories covered everything from Dog Bites to Murder but I just concentrated on my current hobby horse and guns while I was at it.

As we all know, Sir Bernie Hogan-Who ordered a reduction in Stop and Search in London after the 2011 riots in order to try to build trust between the police and London’s communities.  Did that work?  We shall see.

Knife and Gun Crime between 2008 and 2016 looks like this.Reasonably constant over 8-9 years, not a...

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Police: Mixed Messages From @NPCC, @Police_Now @MetropolitanPolice and @CollegeOfPolicing?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I’m old, I’m confused and my brain hurts.

Firstly, the much-revered College of Policing has proposed completely shaking up the entry route into the Police Service;

The three proposals are

Proposal 1. Establish a qualifications framework for policing so that individuals can gain recognition that has meaning and credibility

Proposal 2. Opportunities for existing officers and staff to gain accredited and publicly recognised qualifications for their existing skills, if they wish to do so

Proposal 3. Develop three entry routes for new constables

undergraduate degree in policing

graduate conversion programme

higher level apprenticeships 

Hardly confusing at all, all about improving the professional image and status of Police Officers.  No bad thing per se but it fails to recognise that Police Officers already have a good, professional status but it does need to be formalised and recognised.

Then we have the Gold Service from much-vaunted Police Now.

To get with the Police Now...

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Police: Unreasonable? Critical? Me?

Written by RSS Poster RetiredAndAngry

I have been ‘accused’ on another forum of being unreasonable in my criticism of Theresa May.

Initially I, along with others, had an issue with her £1,000 pair of leather trousers worn for a press interview.  He trousers, and jumper, were by Amanda Wakely, and her trainers by Mulberry.  Not one piece of this attire was cheap, or reasonably priced.


Yesterday she was wearing a jacket by Vivienne Westwood.  I have no idea of its worth, but again, I doubt it was cheap.  It was not new, she has worn it before, but not cheap

This is not the first, or only, time that Mrs May has been seen sporting Vivienne Westwood, she appears to be somewhat of a favourite.

I have not defected to the Fashion Police, nor would I normally take any notice whatsoever of what somebody is wearing.  I am completely oblivious to fashion labels, just ask Mrs Angry, she can confirm this.

What I do object to most vigourously is this.

Mrs May now heads a party that has waged a ruthless war on ordinary people.  If you are not a toff, investment banker, CEO of a...

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