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Police: It’s not all doom and gloom, this policing lark

Written by RSS Poster response sarge

Just to get away from all the doom and gloom around Winsor for a moment.

A couple of nights ago I went to an RTC (that’s Road Traffic Collision in police-speak, or what a normal person would call an “accident” or maybe, if they were feeling erudite, a “car crash”.  Anyway.)  Proper job – middle of nowhere, car on its roof, smashed to pieces, road blocked, debris strewn across the carriageway.

The driver was still there.  Not drunk, not injured (apart from a tiny graze to the top of his head).

And then something amazing happened.  He pulled out a ukulele from the debris and unprompted, and without warning, played and sang a loud, long and very good rendition of “Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle.  My initial surprise gave way to appreciation and finally a real sense of joy.  He was good!  Not what I expected in the middle of the night on a deserted road, and one of those moments that reminded me how much I love my job, and how much, sometimes, I love the public.

Here’s the master himself performing it.  Enjoy.




Police: What policing is about, and where it’s going

Written by RSS Poster response sarge

Good blog here by excellent blogger Constable Chaos about a typical duty, where most of the work we do is either the responsibility of another agency, or simply not a police matter – but the public call us anyway because there’s nobody else to call at weekends, or after 5pm, or because they have no idea who to call.

This is a typical duty.  I read it and it all rings true to me, and I assume to pretty much every other police officer in this great nation of ours.  It does feel like most of what we do is less about tackling crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB), and more about filling the gaps left by other public services who can’t or won’t do their bit.  Even where other agencies have a statutory responsibility to do something, for example with ASB where councils (as well as various other agencies) have a responsibility in law to tackle such issues, in my experience they aren’t pulling their weight.  Most cite cutbacks.  Unfortunately, the police (so far) still try to respond to everything, even though we are...

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